S. Gregory Joy

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S. Gregory Joy is a partner in the Atlanta office of Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP. Gregg has divided his practice between public and private contracting, having handled hundreds of construction, commercial and government contracts cases since 1984. Gregg has represented owners, prime contractors, subcontractors and suppliers throughout the United States, as well as the Caribbean, South America, Saudi Arabia and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He has represented clients on projects including public transit systems, hospitals, courthouses, schools, university buildings, office buildings, churches, casinos, steel mill, public park, public flood control, U.S. Navy wharf, federal and state military training facilities, federal air traffic control facility, water and wastewater treatment facilities, water and sewer utilities, warehouses, condominiums and apartment construction projects. He has also represented concessionaires and service contractors on federal, state and local contracts including maintenance, food services, refuse collection and disposal, laundry services and other services.

Gregg has represented clients pursuing and defending against claims in federal and state courts, boards of contract appeals, administrative proceedings, arbitrations and mediations throughout the United States, placing an emphasis on trying to resolve claims to try to minimize risks and costs. He has also helped contractors to obtain or maintain federal, state and local contracts through bid protests and SBA size protests and has successfully defended contractors whose accepted bids for contracts have been challenged. Gregg also has had extensive experience with mechanics’ lien and public bond matters throughout the United States, and he has assisted in writing portions of the Georgia mechanics’ and materialmen’s lien and public works bond laws.

Gregg received his Bachelor of Arts degree and law degree from the University of Virginia. While in law school, he served as a law clerk at the Army Judge Advocate General School in Charlottesville, Virginia focusing on government contracts and federal procurement.

Gregg has been named a Georgia Super Lawyer in Construction Law by the publishers of Law & Politics and Atlanta magazine, to Best Lawyers in America in Construction Law, and a Top Rated Lawyer in Construction Law by American Lawyer Media. He has spoken at over 100 seminars on topics including construction law, government contract law, international contracting and environmental law, and has authored numerous publications and articles on various legal issues.


•Atlantic Station in Atlanta
•Bid Protest of City of Jacksonville Construction Contract
•Bid Protest Regarding Dam Project to be Constructed for Georgia Public Authority
•Defense of Bid Protest Regarding Electrical System Project for Georgia College
•Fire Damage Claim Regarding High-End Apartments in Atlanta
•Georgia Department of Administrative Services Waste Services Contract Bid Protest
•High-Rise Office Building in Atlanta
•Las Vegas Casino, Hotel and Resort Project
•Public Sewer Projects at Multiple Alabama Locations
•Retail Lifestyle Centers in Atlanta
•School Projects at Multiple Georgia Locations
•Steel Mini-Mill in Illinois
•Department Store near Jackson, Mississippi
•Combined-Cycle Power Plant in Oxford, Connecticut

Articles & Publications

•Author, “Application of Selected American Laws to United States Companies Transacting Business in Kuwait: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-boycott Legislation”, Mercer Law Review, vol. 43, 1992
•Editor and Author or Co-Author of several chapters of Alternative Clauses To Standard Construction Contracts, Aspen Publishers, Supplements to 2nd Edition 2003 - 2008; 3rd Edition 2009 and Supplements 2010-2012; 4th Edition 2013 and Supplements 2014-2015.
•Co-Author, Smith, Currie & Hancock’s Common Sense Construction Law, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th editions, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1997, 2001, 2005, 2008, 2014
•Co-Author, “Mechanics’ and Materialmen’s Liens” Other Liens on Real Property”, Property 21B and 22, Georgia Jurisprudence 2nd, Thomson West, 2008
•Co-Author, “Liens on Real Property”, Georgia Jurisprudence, Property 22, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, 1995
•Co-Author, “Georgia Construction Lien and Claim of Lien Requirements” and “Public Contract Bonds”, Georgia Construction Lien and Contract Bond Law, Lorman Business Center, Inc., 1995, 1997 - 2006
•Co-Author, Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding The Issues, Lorman Business Center, Inc., 2011, 2013, 2014
•Co-Author, Public Construction Contracts and Procurement Law: State and Federal Perspectives, Lorman Business Center, Inc., 2012
•Author, “Proving and Defending Construction Claims: Common Threads of Claims for Changes, Differing Site Conditions and Delays”, Construction Claims, Lorman Business Center, 2011
•Co-Author, Georgia Construction Law: From Bidding to Final Payment, Lorman Business Center, Inc., 1998, 1999 - 2006
•Co-Author, Government Construction Contract Law: Federal and State Perspectives, Lorman Business Center, Inc., 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004
•Co-Author, Public Works Construction: Legal Dynamics in Public Contracting, Lorman Business Center, Inc., 2005
•Co-Author, Construction Claims in Georgia, Lorman Business Centers, Inc., 2000, 2001
•Co-Author, Construction Issues in Georgia, Lorman Business Center, Inc., 2001 - 2005
•Author, “Changes Under The AIA A201,” Construction Law Through The Lens Of The AIA Standard Form Contracts, Lorman Business Center, Inc., 2004
•Author, “Changes Under The AIA A201,” AIA Contracts: Analysis and Interpretation of AIA Standard Contract Forms, Lorman Business Center, Inc., 2005, 2006, 2013, 2014
•Author, “AIA vs. ConsensusDOCS: Party Roles and Responsibilities”, “Payment Terms Under the AIA and ConsensusDOCS”, “RFI’s, Change Directives And Change Orders Under the AIA and ConsensusDOCS”, “Dispute Resolution Under the AIA and ConsensusDOCS”, Comparing AIA and ConsensusDOCS, Lorman Education Services, 2008, 2009
•Co-Author, What To Do When Construction Projects Go Bad, Lorman Business Center, Inc., 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011
•Author, “Emerging Industry Approaches,” Immigration Enforcement: New Threat To The Construction Industry, Lorman Business Centers, Inc., 2007
•Co-Author, Construction Law From Contract to Closeout in Georgia, Lorman Business Center, Inc., 2006
•Co-Author, “Contractors, owners need to know details in standardized document”, Retail Construction Magazine, March/April 2004
•Co-Author, “Word tenants’ leases carefully to avoid subcontractor liens”, Retail Construction Magazine, March/April 2003


Lecturer, Various Construction Law, Government Contract Law Issues Including Owner-Contractor, Contractor-Subcontractor, Suretyship & Bidding; Federal, State & Local Public Contracting, Mechanics’ Liens, Bond Claims, International Law & Environmental Law

•Georgia Construction Lien and Public Contract Bond Law - May 7, 2019 - Atlanta, GA
•Georgia Lien Law Seminar - October 22, 2018 - Atlanta, GA
•Georgia Lien Law - June 11, 2018 - Atlanta, GA
•Georgia Lien Law - November 8, 2017 - Atlanta, GA
•Georgia Lien Law - June 5, 2017 - Atlanta, GA

(Also at Washington, District of Columbia Office)

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Construction Law
  • Contract Formation
  • Government Contracts
  • Lien Protection and Avoidance
  • Litigation
  • Surety Bonds & Insurance

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.735.2457  Phone
202.775.8217  Fax
University Attended:
University of Virginia, B.A., Government, with high distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, Raven Honor Society, 1981
Law School Attended:
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1984
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia; U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia; 1984, Georgia

Professional Affiliations

•American Bar Association, Member
•State Bar of Georgia, Member
•Atlanta Bar Association, Member
•ABA Sections on Public Contract Law and Litigation, Member
•ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, Member
•Delta Tau Delta
•Phi Delta Phi


Peer Reviews

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