Harper Heckman has construction law nailed. As the Chair of Nexsen Pruet's Construction Law Practice Group, he has the knowledge and background clients need to take on virtually any industry issue - from contract negotiation to project claims. And he has a long list of representative matters to back it up, with experience counseling clients in number of sectors across a wide range of concerns.Hammering Home Favorable Outcomes
Clients rely on Harper for day-to-day counsel on both routine and complex matters. He is well-versed in a number of legal areas but focuses his practice on construction law and civil litigation.
Harper represents public and private owners, developers, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. He has tried cases in both state and federal courts and has argued before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Supreme Court, and the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
In addition to being a certified Superior Court Mediator, Harper is a member of the American Arbitration Association's Construction Panel of Neutrals. He routinely lectures on a variety of construction-related topics and has authored and co-authored a number of published materials.
Harper is active in both state and national Construction Law Bar Associations and is an adjunct professor of construction law at the University of North Carolina and Elon University Schools of Law.An Award-Winning Practice
Harper's legal abilities and knowledge of industry issues have earned him a number of notable recognitions throughout the years. In 2014, Harper was appointed chair-elect of the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on the Construction Industry. He will serve a three-year term, including one year as the Chair-Elect, one year as the Chair and one year as the Immediate Past Chair. He was named Best Lawyers in America's 2013 Lawyer of the Year for Litigation-Construction Law in Greensboro. He is also a past Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association's Construction Law Section and the Contract Documents Division of the ABA's Construction Law Forum.
Harper has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Construction Law since 2008,North Carolina Super Lawyers in Construction Law since 2006, andBusiness North Carolina's Legal Elite since 2005. The Triad Business Journal also recognized him as one of the region's top 40 Leaders Under Forty.
Recognitions•Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law (2008 - Present); 2013 Lawyer of the Year, Litigation-Construction Greensboro
•Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Construction Law (2005 - Present)
•North CarolinaSuper Lawyers - Construction Law (2006 - Present)
•Triad Business Journal's 40 Leaders Under Forty
NotableRepresented University in arbitration and mediation arising from delayed construction of student housing project
•Represented structural steel erector in the defense of three wrongful death claims arising from building collapse
•Represented construction manager in the recovery of extended representation fees through mediation with municipal agency
•Represented owner of a high rise hotel in Santa Monica, CA in litigation and mediation seeking the recovery of damages caused by defective design
•Represented electrical subcontractor in federal court litigation involving delay and disruption claims by and against a general contractor on a federal prison hospital
•Represented mechanical subcontractor in collection of delay and disruption claims associated with the construction of a high-rise hotel at Universal Studios
•Represented electrical subcontractor in multi-party litigation and mediation arising from delays in construction of University Student Activity Center
•Represented owner of multi-phase mixed use and highway construction project in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
•Represented hospital in contracting for a $250 million facilities expansion with the architect and general contractor
•Represented utility company in defense of jobsite accident and wrongful death claims.
•Represented highway contractor in disputes involving its subcontractor and the North Carolina Department of Transportation
•Represented owners, contractors and subcontractors in proceedings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review BoardReported Decisions
Aetna Casualty & Surety Company v. Ind-Com Electric Company, 139 F.3d 419 (4th Cir. 1998)
City of New Bern v. Carteret-Craven EMC, 356 N.C. 123, 567 S.E.2d 131
Energy Investors Fund, L.P. v. Metric Constructors, Inc., 133 N.C. App. 522, 516 S.E.2d 399
Outside Nexsen Pruet
When not in the office, Harper enjoys teaching construction law to others. For the past ten years he has served as an adjunct professor of construction law at the University of North Carolina and Elon University Schools of Law.
He is a die-hard Tar Heel fan and attends as many football, basketball and baseball games as he can fit in to his schedule. He and his wife, Kimberly, are the proud parents of three girls, ages 10 to 20.
Speaking & Writing
Related NewsHarper Heckman Appointed Chair-Elect of ABA Construction Forum
April 28, 2014Overview
The Case for the Responsible Use of Reverse Online Auctions in the Construction Sector, ABA Construction Forum, Annual Meeting, 2013
Key Provisions of the AIA B101 Owner-Architect Agreement: The Hot Button Issues and How They Have Changed, ABA Construction Forum, Mid-Winter Meeting, 2008
What's Up DOCS? Your First Look at the New Consensus Documents, ABA Construction Forum, Teleconference, 2007
Drafting the Perfect One-Year Warranty, The Construction Lawyer, Summer2007
State-by-State Analysis of Legal Issues Affecting Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Others, Aspen, 2005
Time is Money: An Analysis of Liquidated Damage Clauses,The Construction Lawyer,Fall 2004
Contingent Payment Clauses, The Construction Business Handbook, Aspen, 2004
State-By-State Guide to Architect, Engineer and Contractor Licensing, (Co-Author), Aspen, 1999
State-by-State Survey of Economic Loss Doctrine in Construction Litigation,American Bar Association Litigation Section, 1996