Charles E. Rogers

Charles E. Rogers: Attorney with Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP
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Charles E. Rogersis a partner in the Atlanta office of Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP. Charlie focuses his practice on the representation of parties involved with the design, construction, ownership and development of commercial and residential construction projects, for public and private entities. This representation encompasses all phases of such projects, including pre-project planning and development, contemporaneous management, and resolution of project-specific disputes and claims, as well as post-project operations and claim handling. Specific services provided include traditional litigation, claim preparation and defense, contract drafting and negotiation, alternative dispute resolution and general consultation, for projects and matters ranging from office, shopping center, hospitality and retail complexes to large scale multi-family residential developments, mass transit infrastructure, major highway design and construction and other publicly-owned facilities. This representation has included the utilization of mainstream alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration, through the assistance of the American Arbitration Association and other nationally recognized third-party neutrals, and the defense and pursuit of claims in all levels of various state courts, and, within the Federal Court system, in the U.S. District Courts of Georgia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., the Fourth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court.

In addition to assisting construction professionals in the resolution of disputed claims and other contested issues on private projects, Charlie is actively involved in providing consultation relating to government contract compliance, including issues raised by application of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to construction contracts and other related documents, the resolution of construction-phase issues, the interpretation of contractual responsibilities and obligations and the development of appropriate compliance programs, risk management procedures and safeguards. Charlie’s construction practice also encompasses a specialty in handicap accessibility compliance in design and construction, in the context of both state and federal accessibility statutes which are or may be applicable to the myriad types of residential and commercial buildings being designed, constructed or developed in today’s marketplace. Charlie regularly participates in the presentation of annual risk management seminars to construction professionals, risk management specialists and insurance representatives.

In both 2005 and 2006, Charlie was identified by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine as a “Rising Star,” and one of Atlanta’s best lawyers under 40.


•Assisted Living Facilities in Texas
•Class Action-Scope Litigation Involving 200 Residential Apartment Complexes
•Federal Building, 50 United Nations Plaza, San Francisco, California
•International Schools in Guam
•Large Private Residence in Georgia
•Mixed Use Development in Estero, Florida
•Multi-Family Housing Project in Maryland
•Paper Mill in Cedar Springs, Georgia
•Power Generating Facility in Florida
•Private University Residential Campus in Atlanta, Georgia
•Regional Transit Authority in North Carolina
•Solar Projects, Atlanta, Georgia
•U.S. Highway 84 Project, Alabama
•University Student Housing in Fort Worth, Texas
•University Student Housing in Louisiana
•Residential Apartment Towers with Parking Decks in Houston, Dallas, and Austin, Texas
•Residential Apartment Tower and Parking Deck in Nashville, Tennessee
•Residential Apartment Tower and Parking Deck in Denver, Colorado
•Residential Apartment Towers with Parking Decks in Atlanta, Georgia
•Residential Apartment Towers with Parking Decks in Orlando and Tampa, Florida
•Residential Apartment Towers with Parking Decks in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina


•Multi-Party Arbitration - Panelist, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Fall Meeting, Joint Division 1 and Division 5 Breakfast, October 14, 2011.
•Federal Government Contracting: From Surviving to Thriving, AIA Large Firm Roundtable, April 7, 2011.
•Arbitration From the Contractor’s Perspective - Practical Considerations, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Meeting, Division 5 Breakfast Meeting, April 15, 2011.
•Professional Liability and the Building Enclosure, AIA Building Enclosure Council, Miami Chapter, May 18, 2010.
•Professional Liability and the Building Enclosure, AIA Building Enclosure Council, Atlanta Chapter, March 10, 2010.
•Appearing as a Witness in a Civil Case, Legal Issues for Georgia Professional Engineers (Half Moon Seminars), March 27, 2008.
•Law of Architectural Malpractice, Legal Issues for Georgia Architects (Half Moon Seminars), May 17, 2007.
•Accessibility: Owners and Architects Get their Day in Court, National Multi-Housing Council Property/Risk Management Forum, October 30, 2006.
•Lecturer on government contracting compliance and accessibility design and construction requirements under the FHA for various clients.
•The Potentialities and Pitfalls of Pass-Through Claims on Public and Private Projects - December 7, 2016 - Las Vegas, NV
•Preventing Engineering Liability Claims Seminar - June 10, 2016 - Atlanta, GA
•Smith Currie's 46th Annual Update Seminar - May 5, 2016 - Fort Lauderdale, FL
•ABA Conference Presentation re Contract Administration - February 26, 2016 - Jacksonville, FL
•Looking at Risk in CM At-Risk and IPD - Construction Superconference - December 8, 2015 - San Diego, CA
•SCH Annual Seminar Enterprise Document Management: E-Discovery in Today's Mobile World - February 26, 2015 - Atlanta, GA
•Construction Superconference - Unsolicited Proposals for P3 Projects - December 2, 2014 - Las Vegas, NV
•Webinar - November 12, 2014 - Best Practices for Contracting Between Design Professionals and How ConsensusDocs Contracts Can Help
•June 5, 2014 - Webinar - Contracting Issues Among Design Professionals
•SCH Annual Seminar Electronic Document Control, Including BIM - February 7, 2014 - Atlanta, GA

Other Experience

Professional Liability

Commercial Landlord/Tenant

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Construction Law
  • Government Contracts

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
404.582.8032  Phone
404.688.0671  Fax
University Attended:
Duke University, B.A., 1989
Law School Attended:
Emory University, J.D., 1993
Year of First Admission:
1998, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia; 2009, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 1998, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 2000, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia; 2010, United States Supreme Court; 1993, Georgia

Professional Affiliations

•State Bar of Georgia, Member
•American Bar Association, Litigation Section and Forum on Construction Law
•ABA Forum on Construction Law, Division 5 Steering Committee
•Atlanta Bar Association, Litigation and Construction Law Sections

Reported Cases:
Representative Matters; Equal Rights Center, et al., v. Archstone Multifamily Series I Trust, et al., v. Niles Bolton Associates, Inc., 602 F.3d 597 (4th Cir. 2010), cert. denied, 131 S.Ct. 504 (November, 2010) (In a case of first impression involving federal statutory preemption principles applied to the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, obtained summary judgment on behalf of design firm on property owner's derivative claims seeking indemnification and/or contribution for damages sustained through a settlement of claims alleging violations of FHA and ADA design and construction requirements at dozens of multi-family apartment projects).; Kami Z. Barker and Access Now, Inc. v. Emory University, et al., 316 Fed. Appx. 933 (11 Cir. 2009) (Defense verdict at jury trial on claims alleging violations of the FHA and ADA at student housing apartments on university campus).

Peer Reviews

4.4/5.0 (4 reviews)
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