Kent Collier represents construction industry clients in dispute resolution, claim assessment and avoidance, contract drafting and negotiation, and public-private partnerships, with a focus on large power, industrial and commercial projects. Kent's clients include engineer-procure-construct (“EPC”) contractors and engineers, design professionals, real estate developers and private owners, multinational construction managers, and large subcontractors engaged in mechanical, electrical, and other work. His clients have designed or built, and Kent has provided representation concerning, some of the most impressive construction projects in the country, including gas- and coal-fired power plants, industrial and chemical processing plants, hydroelectric facilities, roads and highways, underground rail tunnels, large mixed-use and condominium projects, high-rise offices, casinos and hotel resorts, solar and wind energy projects, schools, hospitals, and tenant build-outs. He is well-versed in a multitude of issues affecting the construction industry such as delay and scheduling issues, lost productivity, cost accounting, indemnification, product liability, construction defects, design responsibility and errors, insurance coverage, surety bonds, lender liability, breach of contract, and negligence.
Kent's litigation practice includes all facets of dispute resolution such as fact investigation, document discovery and e-discovery, taking and defending depositions, and mediation, arbitration, and trial. Kent routinely engages and consults with construction industry experts, drafts and analyzes formal claim documents, and files and defends construction liens.
Kent also drafts and negotiates varied construction contracts, including AIA documents, EPC agreements, design professional and consultant contracts, design-build, lump sum, and cost plus with a guaranteed maximum price agreements, subcontracts, and purchase orders. Kent structures and negotiates public-private partnership (PPP or P3) deals and advises clients on unsolicited P3 proposals to state and local governments.
Kent is an Accredited Professional for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), with a specialty in Building Design and Construction, and regularly counsels clients on sustainable construction, contract clauses related to LEED certification and submission of documents to the U.S. Green Building Council. Kent is Board Certified as a Construction Law Specialist by The Florida Bar.
Sutherland represents stucco subcontractor in high profile matter.
Sutherland prosecutes $22 million claim on behalf of mechanical contractor.
Mechanical contractor receives multimillion dollar payment in power plant construction mediation.
Awards and Rankings
Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” (2012-2014)
Recipient, Attorney Title Guaranty Trust Fund Award , Emory University School of Law
Honorable G.R. Smith, Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia in Savannah.