Brian Autry's law practice is focused primarily on construction, commercial transactions, commercial real estate, and contract litigation. He is experienced in a wide range of construction-related services: review and drafting of construction contracts, advice related to construction project management and insurance, and representation of clients in construction disputes and litigation, including mechanic’s liens, collections, and alternative dispute resolution. Brian also drafts and advises clients on large commercial contracts, including agreements for the purchase and sale of goods and equipment, equipment leases, confidentiality agreements, and letters of intent. Finally, Brian handles commercial real estate disputes and litigation, including collections and evictions, and he advises clients on the construction and litigation aspects of commercial lease agreements.
Brian was an associate at Nexsen Pruet from 2001 to 2008. From 2008 to 2011, he was General Counsel for a private equity-funded alternative energy start-up company, where he managed the company’s legal affairs and served as a member of the executive management team. As General Counsel, he became familiar with legal principles related to alternative energy, private equity, employment and labor, agriculture, and government relations. Brian’s experience gives him valuable insight into the needs and challenges of his clients as they seek to effectively launch, operate, and grow their businesses.
Brian earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of South Carolina. As an undergrad, he played football and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is a native of Columbia and attended Spring Valley High School. He remains active in the community through church and various civic activities, including mentoring students and young professionals.
•Moot Court Bar
•Order of the Barristers
•Order of the Wig and Robe
•South Carolina Super Lawyer Rising Star in Construction (2014)
•Arbitration or Arbitrary? A Guide to Help You Decide Whether to Arbitrate Construction Disputes
March 19, 2013
•(INFOGRAPHIC) Amalgamation of Interests - or How to Ensure You Wasted Time Setting Up Multiple Project Companies
November 12, 2014
Outside Nexsen Pruet
When he’s not at the office, Brian likes to spend as much time as he can with his family. He enjoys the following, in no particular order: fishing, outdoor activities, yard work, college and high school athletics, music, reading non-fiction, movies, and food (cooking it and eating it). Brian tries to live his life in accordance with these words of Jesus: “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love your neighbor as yourself.” He has a passion for mentoring and coaching and spends a good portion of his free time in those pursuits.
Speaking & Writing
•Arbitration or Arbitrary? A Guide to Help You Decide Whether to Arbitrate Construction Disputes As a general rule, I am almost convinced that all disputes in the construction context should be settled by arbitration. Arbitration offers the opportunity for cost savings and the selection of a fact finder who will understand the subject matter, listen to all sides, and try to render an award that is fair and is in line with the facts.
•Beyond His Power to Build It: Who Is to Blame for the Overbudget Project?
•Mr. Autry co-presented Alternative Energy 101: What every construction lawyer needs to know... at the American Bar Association Construction Forum Annual Meeting in April of 2009.