Douglas L. Tabeling

Douglas L. Tabeling: Attorney with Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP
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Douglas Tabeling counsels construction-industry clients in all aspects of commercial law and government contract law. He devotes his practice primarily to avoiding and resolving disputes on construction projects. Doug represents a variety of general contractors, construction managers, design-builders, specialty contractors, construction owners, developers, architects, engineers, subcontractors, and suppliers. He is experienced in drafting and negotiating contracts and in asserting and defending against claims.

Doug’s experience includes claims and disputes involving contract changes, construction defects, design errors and omissions, differing site conditions, payment disputes, schedule delays and accelerations, and contract terminations. He advises clients on contract drafting and formation, warranties, indemnities, liens, surety bonds, construction insurance, and contractor licensing. Doug also counsels clients in the unique aspects of government contract law, including contract proposals and procurements, bid protests, ethics and compliance programs, the False Claims Act, the Buy American Act, and small-business preference programs.

Doug was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for Construction Law in 2017 and 2018. Super Lawyers magazine selected him as a Rising Star each year from 2015 through 2018. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law and its Section of Public Contract Law, the State Bar of Georgia’s Dispute Resolution Section, and the Atlanta Bar Association’s Construction Law Section. He is the author of four chapters on ConsensusDocs in the book Alternative Clauses to Standard Form Construction Contracts, and he is the co-author of the Georgia chapter in the American Bar Association’s State-by-State Guide to Construction & Design Law.

Doug is proud to be actively involved in The Associated General Contractors of America. He is a member of AGC of America’s Board of Directors, a past Chairman of AGC’s Construction Leadership Council Steering Committee, a member of AGC’s Project Delivery Forum Steering Committee, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Committee, and Corps of Engineers Committee, and the past editor of AGC’s State Law Matrix. He is also a member of AGC Georgia’s Board of Directors, a member of AGC Georgia’s Legislative Committee, and a past Chairman of AGC Georgia’s Young Leadership Program. He was named Volunteer of the Year by AGC Georgia in 2015.

Doug is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was elected Editor in Chief of the Journal of Natural Resources & Environmental Law. He was appointed by the Dean to the College of Law’s Honor Council, which is responsible for administering the College’s Honor Code. He also volunteered for the Internal Revenue Service Income Tax Assistance Program, assisting low-income families and students prepare their tax returns. While in law school, Doug clerked for the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Kentucky, where he was a member of the Honors Program and a College of Arts & Sciences Ambassador. While in college he was a Senate intern in the Kentucky General Assembly and was an intern with the Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation Doug joined Accenture, a management and information-technology consulting firm, where he worked in the firm’s government contracts market unit.


•Community Services Complex/College Basketball Arena in Florida
•Improvements for the Greater New Orleans Area Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System
•Power Generating Facility in Florida
•Regional Transit Authority in North Carolina
•Statesboro Guest Inn
•Las Vegas Hotel & Casino - Litigation

Honors and Awards

•Appointed to serve on the Associated General Contractors of America’s Board of Directors.
•Named Volunteer of the Year by the Associated General Contractors of Georgia in 2015.
•Elected into the Consulting Constructors’ Council of America.
•Past Chair of the Associated General Contractors of America’s Construction Leadership Council Steering Committee .
•Appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for the Associated General Contractors of Georgia.
•Past Chair of the Associated General Contractors of Georgia’s Young Leadership Program.
•Recognized in The Best Lawyers of America 2017 and 2018 for Construction Law.
•Selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars List each year from 2015 through 2018.

Articles & Publications

Modular Construction and Offsite Fabrication Encounter Conventional Risks in New Ways in The VOICE, (Winter 2018).
Allocating the Risk of Design Errors, in ConsensusDocs Construction Law Newsletter (August 2017).
ConsensusDocs 752 and the Unique Aspects of Subcontracts on Federal Government Construction Projects, in ConsensusDocs Construction Law Newsletter (August 2016).
Construction Leadership Council, Article in Constructor (September/October 2016.)
New Regulations Impose New Burdens on Federal Government Contractors, in ConsensusDocs Construction Law Newsletter (June 2015).
Georgia Construction and Design Law, in the American Bar Association’s State-by-State Guide to Construction and Design Law (Carl J. Circo & Christopher H. Little eds., 2d ed. 2009) (Co-Author).
Owners’ Amending ConsensusDOCS 200, Contractors’ Amending ConsensusDOCS 200, Contractors’ Amending ConsensusDOCS 750, and Subcontractors’ Amending ConsensusDOCS 750, in Alternative Clauses to Standard Form Construction Contracts (S. Gregory Joy & Eugene J. Heady eds., 3d ed. 2009 & Supp. 2013).
Building Information Modeling, in New Risks - Legal Considerations on Changing Risk Allocations, Associated Builders & Contractors Construction Education Conference 2008 (Co-Author).
Do These Things Give Me a Fair Shake? ConsensusDocs and Subcontractors, Focusing on the ConsensusDocs 750 Subcontract Form and Comparable Documents, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry Fall Meeting 2008 (Co-Author).
Construction Contracts, in Commercial Real Estate Transactions Handbook (Mark A. Senn ed., 3d ed. Supp. 2008) (Contributing Author)
Relying on Subcontractor Quotes, Lorman Education Services Construction Update Newsletter (Apr. 2007).
A Construction Attorney’s Ethical Obligations regarding Electronically Stored Information arising from the Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Meeting 2007 (Co-Author).
Case-Initiation Considerations in Commercial Dispossessory Proceedings, State Bar of Georgia Real Property Law Section Newsletter (Summer 2011) (Co-Author).
Criminal Prosecutions for Site-Safety Violations, Common Sense Contract Law (March 15, 2012)
Resolving Conflicts in Design Criteria, Common Sense Contract Law (September 20, 2013)


How to Navigate Everything from Licensing to Liens: State Laws and Legislation Impacting the Project and Your Right to be Paid, Associated General Contractors of America
Current Issues in Subcontracting, Associated General Contractors of Georgia
Understanding and Appreciating Your Contracts and Revisions to Georgia’s Lien Law, Associated General Contractors of Georgia
What to Do When Construction Projects Go Bad, Lorman Education Services
The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues in Georgia, Lorman Education Services
•Identifying and Negotiating the Allocation of Design Risk for Contractors - February 27, 2018 - New Orleans, LA
•How to Protect Your Company During Contract Negotiations - February 12, 2018 - Washington, DC
•Stewardship Contracting with Forest Service Integrated Resource Service Contracts - January 25-26, 2018 - Las Vegas, NV
•FCILB Course for Florida Contractors in Georgia - August 10-11, 2017 - Atlanta, GA
•FCILB Course for Florida Contractors in Alabama - August 3 & 4, 2017 - Birmingham, AL
•Legal Issues Impacting Engineers & Architects - July 27, 2017 - Atlanta, GA
•Avoiding Pitfalls in Indemnity and Additional-Insured Risk Transfer - April 11, 2017 - Atlanta, GA
•Contractor Performance Assessment Reports - March 7, 2017 - Las Vegas, NV
•Smith Currie’s 47th Annual Update Seminar - March 2-3, 2017 - Atlanta, GA
•Avoiding Pitfalls in Additional-Insured Provisions in Subcontracts - December 8, 2016 - Atlanta, GA
•Construction and Federal Contracting: Update and Best Practices Workshop - November 10, 2016 - Washington, DC
•Current Issues in Construction Law - November 3-4, 2016 - Atlanta, GA
•AGC Webinar - Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Series Part Two: What Types of Labor Law Violations Put You at Risk of Disqualification? - October 17, 2016
•Construction Project Scheduling, Delays and Acceleration - September 21, 2016 - Atlanta, GA
•AGC Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces (Blacklisting) Executive Order Webinar - September 7, 2016
•FCILB Course for Florida Contractors in Alabama - August 18 & 19, 2016 - Birmingham, AL
•FCILB Course for Florida Contractors in Georgia - August 4-5, 2016 - Atlanta, GA
•Design Risks and Liability for Contractors - April 27, 2016 - College Park, Georgia
•Hot Topics Facing the Construction Industry - October 1, 2015 - Atlanta, GA
•Working in Different States - Webinar Series - July 14 and 28, 2015
•Webinar - New State Laws and How They Impact Project from Bids to Payment - June 24, 2015
•Webinar - Surviving the Onslaught: An Update on the Latest Federal Construction Regulations - June 4, 2015
•Construction Claims Course - April 29, 2015 - College Park, GA
•Three Presentations at the AGC National Convention - March 17-19, 2015 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
•SCH Annual Construction Law Update Seminar - February 26-27, 2015 - Atlanta, GA
•Federal Contracting 101 - December 12, 2014 - Atlanta, GA
•New Risks in Modern Project Delivery: The Alphabet Soup of P3, IPD, BIM, and LEED - November 3, 2014 - Charleston, SC
•May 16, 2014 - Fundamentals of Construction Contracts in Georgia - Atlanta, GA
•May 3, 2013 - Seminar on the Fundamentals of Construction Contracts


Law Clerk, United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Kentucky, Civil Division

Other Experience

Consultant, Accenture

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Government Contracts

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
404.582.8058  Phone
404.688.0671  Fax
University Attended:
University of Kentucky, B.A., Economics and Political Science Otis A. Singletary Scholar, National Merit Scholar, Honors Program, College of Arts & Sciences Ambassador, Office of Admissions Representative
Law School Attended:
University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., Editor in Chief - Journal of Natural Resources & Environmental Law, Honor Council,, James & Mary Lassiter Fellowship, IRS Income Tax Assistance Program
Year of First Admission:
Georgia; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Professional Affiliations

•American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
•American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law
•American Bar Association, Litigation Section
•State Bar of Georgia, Dispute Resolution Section
•Atlanta Bar Association, Construction Law Section
•Associated General Contractors of America, Member of Board of Directors
•Associated General Contractors of America, Construction Leadership Council Steering Committee, Past Chairman
•Associated General Contractors of America, Project Delivery Forum Steering Committee
•Associated General Contractors of America, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Committee
•Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Member of Board of Directors
•Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Past Chairman of Young Leadership Program
•Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Legislative Committee
•Consulting Constructors' Council of America


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