Joe provides professional and cost effective legal representation to parties involved in all aspects of construction. He concentrates his practice on the resolution of construction disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, litigation or alternative dispute resolution. He has represented owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, engineers, suppliers, insurers, and sureties. His experience ranges from the front-end planning of a construction project through project-completion and resolution of post-completion disputes. He has experience in projects ranging from multi-million dollar industrial plants to home construction. Project types include power plants, highways and bridges, semiconductor facilities, paper mills, water and waste, tunneling, airports, office buildings, high rise construction, multifamily, schools, retail, warehousing, hospitals, military construction and environmental remediation. He has worked with numerous project delivery vehicles including design-build, construction management, partnering, DRBs and P3s. He has experience in construction scheduling, cost controls, design defects, means and methods, geotechnical and foundations, structural steel, stucco and plaster, roof systems, instrumentation and control wiring, electrical, mechanical, and construction defects.
He has participated in numerous hearings and trials in state and federal courts, before federal boards of contract appeals, and in arbitration. Joe has extensive experience in procurement protests, contractor and engineering licensing issues, latent defects, errors and omissions, construction insurance, and claims identification and resolution.
Upon graduating from Georgia Tech with a BS degree in Civil Engineering, Joe was commissioned in the Air Force and served four years as an engineering and construction management officer in Texas and Alaska. While stationed at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, Joe headed the Construction Management Office responsible for inspecting and administering contract construction at Elmendorf AFB and twelve remote radar sites. His duties included evaluating contractor claims and providing technical advice to the contracting officer.
Joe has lectured and conducted seminars and educational programs for many organizations including the Associated General Contractors, the Associated Builders and Contractors, the University of Florida Construction Management Academy, Southeast Builders Conference and Lorman Educational Services. He also regularly conducts training programs for Florida licensed contractors to meet their required continuing education obligations. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles and publications.
•Apartment Complex in Georgia
•Bridges and Roads in Florida
•Cable-Stayed Bridge in Georgia
•Construction of Motor Vehicle Facilities, Military Barracks, Dining Facilities and Operational Support Facilities
•Deep Storage Tunnel in Chicago
•Ecological Restoration Work in the Everglades National Park
•Highrise Condominium Projects in Jacksonville, Florida
•Hilton Garden Inn in Georgia
•Kentucky Petroleum Refinery Project
•Materials Testing Work on Georgia Highway Projects
•Modular Retaining Wall in Georgia
•New Bank Building, Crestview Florida
•Platinum Rated LEED Project in Chicago
•Power Plant Litigation in Nebraska
•Recycling Facility in Georgia
•Representation of Engineering Company on Multiple Geotechnical Matters
•School Projects in Florida
•Student Housing Facilities Project
•Tren Urbano Project in Puerto Rico
•University Student Housing Project in Georgia
•UST Environmental Remediation in Alabama
•Student Housing, Albany, Georgia
Honors and Awards
•Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar, 2005 to present.
Articles & Publications
•Public Construction, Contracting and Procurement Law: State and Federal Perspective, Co-Author, 2012.
•Construction Risk Avoidance and Mitigation for Florida Contractors, 2011.
•“Government Construction Contracting Law: Federal and State Perspectives,” 2000.
•“Georgia Construction Law,” 1998.
•“Georgia Construction Lien and Public Contract Bond Law”, co-author, Lorman Education Services.
•The Significance of Final Acceptance, Common Sense Contract Law (July 9, 2012)
•OSHA Is Developing New Proposed Rules Regulating Silica Dust, Common Sense Contract Law (March 2, 2012)
•Practical Impacts of Design-Build on the Design Engineer, Common Sense Contract Law (December 12, 2012)
•Subcontractor Terminations on Design-Build Projects, Common Sense Contract Law (April 17, 2013)
•Lecturer on construction claims for various professional groups, seminars and workshops.
•FCILB Course for Florida Contractors in Alabama - August 18 & 19, 2016 - Birmingham, AL
•Arbitration v. Litigation - How Litigators Deal with the Differences - August 5, 2016 - Atlanta, GA
•FCILB Course for Florida Contractors in Georgia - August 4-5, 2016 - Atlanta, GA
•FCILB Course for Florida Contractors in Alabama - August 20 & 21, 2015 - Birmingham, AL
•FCILB Course for Florida Contractors in Georgia - August 6-7, 2015 - Atlanta, GA
•August 21-22, 2014 - FCILB Courses for Florida Contractors in Alabama - Birmingham, AL
•August 7-8, 2014 - FCILB Courses for Florida Contractors in Georgia - Atlanta, GA
•May 16, 2014 - Fundamentals of Construction Contracts in Georgia - Atlanta, GA
•April 25, 2014 - AIA Contracts Seminar - Athens, GA
•August 8-9, 2013 - FCILB Seminar - Common Sense Construction Law for Florida Contractors in Georgia
•August 1-2, 2013 - FCILB Seminar - Common Sense Construction Law for Florida Contractors in Alabama
•May 3, 2013 - Seminar on the Fundamentals of Construction Contracts
•January 25, 2013 - AIA Contracts: Analysis and Interpretation of AIA Standard Contract Forms Seminar
United States Air Force, Design and Construction Engineer, 1974 - 1978
•Atlanta Bar Association
•Georgia Bar Association
•American Bar Association
•State Bar of Georgia
•American Bar Association (ABA) Public Contract Law Section
•American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on the Construction Industry
•Member, ABA Division on Dispute Avoidance & Resolution
•Member, ABA Division on Contract Negotiations, Performance & Administration
•Member, ABA Division on Insurance, Surety & Liens.
•Associate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
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