When project disputes cannot be resolved, Alston & Bird’s construction lawyers have significant construction claims experience and have prosecuted and defended cases involving hundreds of millions of dollars in damages in state and federal courts, federal boards of contract appeals and construction arbitration proceedings throughout the United States and abroad. Moreover, Alston & Bird lawyers are trial attorneys who, without hesitation, will aggressively pursue the client’s case in the event that a satisfactory resolution of the dispute cannot be achieved short of trial.
Alston & Bird also provides a full range of services applicable to public contracting, including bid protests, compliance and audit reviews, and counseling relating to false claims, contract termination and debarment proceedings.
Led by its three senior partners, each of whom has 30-plus years of experience in the construction industry, Alston & Bird’s lawyers have decades of experience devoted solely to representing clients in the construction industry. Based upon that experience, Alston & Bird’s lawyers have a thorough understanding of the construction business and the construction process and apply that experience to help clients achieve their objectives in a result-oriented, timely and cost-effective manner.
Moreover, having represented clients in connection with numerous “troubled projects,” Alston & Bird has developed a substantial library of “lessons learned” that can be proactively applied to help clients avoid similar problems. This substantial “troubled project” experience also means that Alston & Bird’s lawyers can effectively and efficiently analyze and formulate strategy for virtually any legal issue that could conceivably arise on a construction project.
The lawyers in the Construction Group are some of the most respected practitioners in the field. For the second time in three years Alston & Bird was named “Law Firm of the Year” in Construction Law in 2021 by U.S. News - Best Law Firms, a distinction given annually to a single outstanding firm in each practice area. Our attorneys are also acknowledged by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, The International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, and Southern California Super Lawyers magazine.
Lawyers in the group have also held key leadership positions in some of the nation’s most prominent professional organizations and industry associations, including as past members of the Governing Committee, a past chair of the Contract Documents Division and a current member of the Steering Committee for the Design Division of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law; three past presidents and founding members of the Construction Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association; a member of the board of directors and the current and past legal committee chairs of the Construction Management Association of America, Southern California Section; and a current chair of the Legal Affairs committee of the National Capital Chapter of the CMAA.
Bringing Value to Our Clients
Alston & Bird lawyers understand the business of construction—they understand how money is made and how money is lost. They also understand the particular challenges that parties to a construction project face and what can go wrong when a particular challenge is not managed properly. This practical understanding means that the client will receive counsel from lawyers who can immediately help them find the appropriate solution to a particular issue. In addition, given the breadth of experience of our lawyers, it is also unlikely that there is a legal issue affecting the construction business that they have not dealt with before.