THE FIRM This firm offers a sizable force of attorneys spread across five Texas offices, with clients recommending the construction team for both transactional and litigious concerns. It is frequently highlighted for its work on infrastructure projects and disputes, and is currently representing clients including Harris County Hospital District and RLB Contractors in claims worth over $1.3 million each. Other notable clients include ARCO National Construction and RBC Bank.
Sources say: "They are client-responsive, have good communication skills and common sense, and know how to apply the law."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Cited as "the guru," Robert Bass is widely regarded as "right at the top of the pile." Feedback indicates that he is highly active in drafting state legislation and negotiating both large and small construction contracts. He recently prepared the construction contract for a shopping center on behalf of Weingarten Realty Investors.
Mark Guthrie is hailed by sources as "a warhorse who is still at the top of his game" and is appreciated for his "excellent legal strategy and business realism." He is highlighted for his expertise in construction litigation where he handles large complex cases on behalf of industrial contractors.
Michelle Rieger works for a wide range of clients including owners, developers and general contractors. Interviewees say that "she is the whole package: very learned, responsive, a good communicator and extremely nice to work with."
Practice chair Stewart Whitehead comes highly recommended by clients. "He is a very thorough and responsive attorney," enthuses one client. He focuses on construction disputes, including, recently, helping a contractor to settle a large, multimillion-dollar dispute.