Steele B. (“Al”) Windle, III’s principal area of practice is construction law.
Al has represented general contractors, owners, developers, subcontractors, vendors and sureties at every stage of a construction project, including the evaluation of the project, licensing, preparation of contract documents, bid preparation, bid mistakes, bid protests, change order negotiations, project correspondence, claim preparation, defense of claims, termination, project close-out and final dispute resolution through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation.
Al has extensive experience prosecuting and defending extra work, delay, acceleration, cumulative impact and inefficiency claims on private and public projects.
Al regularly handles cases involving construction defects and disputes over insurance coverage for construction defects. Al has experience defending construction defect and water intrusion claims and trying to obstruct insurance coverage to protect his clients against the claims.
Al also regularly handles matters for payment and performance bond sureties on all types of commercial construction projects.
Al has arbitrated or litigated numerous construction disputes arising from, among other things, a $57M condominium project in Florida, a $70M highway project in North Carolina, a $100M hospital project in North Carolina, a $20M military housing project in Dugway, Utah, a $100M power plant in North Carolina and a $60M oil spill remediation project in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama.
Al is a member of the Construction Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association where he has served as a Director on the Construction Law Section Council (1995-1997 and 1998-1990) and is also a member of the Construction Forum of the American Bar Association. Al is on the panel of construction arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association. Al is also a member of the State Bar of Georgia.
Al has written many articles on construction law, construction contracting and frequently lectures on construction law related topics.
•AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•Best Lawyers in America, 2006 - 2015
•North Carolina Legal Elite by Business North Carolina magazine, 2000 - 2013
•North Carolina Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, 2006 - 2014
•North Carolina Law Impact Leader by Business Leader, North Carolina Legal Guide, 2009
•Top Lawyer in Charlotte by Business Leader magazine
08.21.2014 82 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015
01.21.2014 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Recognized as 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers and North Carolina Rising Stars
08.15.2013 83 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014
01.23.2013 Shumaker Attorneys Recognized as 2013 North Carolina Super Lawyers
12.21.2012 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Named Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite”
08.28.2012 81 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013
01.26.2012 Five Shumaker Partners Recognized as 2012 North Carolina Super Lawyers
09.07.2011 70 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America 2012
01.21.2011 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Announces Four Partners Recognized as 2011 North Carolina Super Lawyers
08.12.2010 70 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2011
01.27.2010 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Announces Four Partners Recognized as 2010 North Carolina Super Lawyers
2007-Present Co-Author, Working with the AIA Contracts, Lorman Education Systems
2006-Present Co-Author, Construction Contacts: Understanding the Issues, Lorman Education Systems
1987-Present Co-Author, North Carolina Construction Law, Lorman Education Systems
2006 Co-Author, Common Sense, Construction Law for Contractors (1981-1984; 1999-2006)
2002 Co-Author, Construction Claims, Lorman Education Systems
2001-2002 Co-Author, Contracting with Public Entities in North Carolina, Lorman Education Systems
1996 Co-Author, North Carolina Construction Law, PSI Education Systems
Events and Presentations
2013 Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues, Lorman Education Systems
2013 Construction Lien Law, Lorman Education Systems
2012 Overview of Changes to North Carolina’s Mechanic’s Lien and Bond Statutes, G.L. Wilson Building Company, Charlotte, North Carolina
2012 Practical Construction Project Documentation, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, North Carolina, Construction Documentation Section
2012 AIA Contracts, Lorman Education Systems
2012 Fundamentals of Construction Contracts, Lorman Education Systems (2008; 2012)
2007 Public Construction Contracts and Competitive Public Bidding in North Carolina, Lorman Education Systems
2006 Design-Build Contracting in North Carolina, Lorman Education Systems
2005 North Carolina Lien and Bond Law, Carolinas Associated General Contractors
2004 Construction Claims in North Carolina, Lorman Education Systems
2001 Construction Management/Design-Build in North Carolina, Lorman Education Systems
2001 Critical Construction Project Documentation, Lorman Education Systems
1999 Contracting with Public Entities in North Carolina, Lorman Education Systems