Ms. Elizabeth B. Ferguson

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Biography

Elizabeth Ferguson is a member of the firm's Professional Liability Department. Her practice focuses on the defense of Owners, Contractors, Material Suppliers, Developers, and Design Professionals (Architects, Engineers, and Surveyors) against claims of liability, breach of contract, construction defect, design defect, delay, liens/bonds, insurance coverage issues, and licensure issues. She also provides transactional support for her construction clients, including contract drafting and review. Elizabeth has been Board Certified in Construction Law by The Florida Bar since 2009 and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She serves on the Florida Board of Professional Engineers, appointed by Gov. Rick Scott.

Elizabeth is a Construction Panel Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, has served as a professor of Construction Law, and is a frequent speaker on legal and construction industry issues. As a Florida Board Certified expert in construction law, her typical matters include residential, commercial and roadway construction matters, from pre-suit through trial and arbitration. She also defends clients before professional licensing boards related to disciplinary and licensure issues.

Classes/Seminars Taught

The Impact of Altman on Defense and Indemnity Obligations in Florida, CLM Webinar, September 2018

Honors & Awards

•AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
•Florida Trend Magazine, Legal Elite, 2014, 2018
•Florida Trend Magazine, Up and Comer, 2008, 2010-2013
•Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star for Construction Litigation, 2009-2017
•Florida Super Lawyers, 2018

Year Joined Organization: 2017

News

Eleven Marshall Dennehey Attorneys Selected to the 2018 Florida Super Lawyers & Rising Stars Lists
June 19, 2018
Eleven attorneys from the Florida offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin have been selected to the 2018 edition of Florida Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high...

Eight Marshall Dennehey Attorneys Selected to the 2017 Florida Super Lawyers & Florida Rising Stars Lists
June 8, 2017
Eight attorneys from the Florida offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin have been selected to the 2017 edition of Florida Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high...

Elizabeth B. Ferguson Joins Marshall Dennehey as Shareholder in Jacksonville
May 9, 2017
Elizabeth B. Ferguson, Esq. has joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as a shareholder in the firm’s Jacksonville office. A member of the Professional Liability Department, she defends clients against claims of liability, breach of contract, construction defect, design defect, delay...

Events

Contractor's University 2018
Seminar • Apr 12, 2018
Elizabeth Ferguson, Shareholder in our Jacksonville office, will be presenting on the topic Insurance and Construction Litigation in Florida at Contractor's University- a new concept in the delivery of practical advice on...

Publication

Legal Updates for Construction Litigation
Law Alerts • January 7, 2019
Florida’s 1st DCA Deals Major Blow to Defendants in Construction Defect Cases In June 2013, Heron’s Landing Condominium Association filed a complaint against D.R. Horton, Inc., Jacksonville, the developer and general contractor of the..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...

Legal Updates for Construction Litigation
Law Alerts • October 2, 2018
A Chapter 558 Notice Now Stops the Clock on the Statute of Repose A new case out of the Fourth District Court of Appeals for Florida, Gindel v. Centax Home, Case No. 4D17-2149 (Sept. 12, 2018), seeks to clarify the timing to commence an action..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...

Section 725.06, Florida Statutes, does not apply to contract for excavation not associated with construction, alteration, repair or demolition of a structure.
Law Alerts • April 1, 2018
The trial court held that 725.06, Florida Statutes, did not apply to a contract between an excavation subcontractor and a general contractor for work involving excavation to access pre-existing utility lines. Section 725.06 provides..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2018 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...

Big Impact on Duty to Defend Florida Construction Cases
Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018 By Elizabeth B. Ferguson, Esq.* Key Points: The Florida Supreme Court has ruled the Chapter 558 process is a “suit” under a CGL policy. The 558 process is considered a “..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended...

Florida Supreme Court Ruling to Have Big Impact on Duty to Defend Construction Cases
Articles • January 4, 2018

Legal Updates for Construction Litigation
Law Alerts • December 14, 2017
Florida Supreme Court Rules Ch. 558 Is a Suit On December 14, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in the case of Altman Contractors, Inc. v. Crum & Forster Specialty Insurance Company, Case No.: SC16-1420..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...

Legal Updates for Construction Litigation
Law Alerts • June 27, 2017
Expert Testimony and Professional Negligence Claims Coming out of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, the recent case of Armour, et. al. v. Karins, et. al., Case No.: 2010-CA-000046NC (2017), provides new insight into the use of expert..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a...

Legal Updates For Construction Litigation
Law Alerts • June 15, 2017
Governor Scott Signs HB 377 Closing the Loophole in the Statute of Repose Florida's 2017 legislative session resulted in good news for contractors and insurers alike. Thanks in large part to the lobbying efforts of the..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...

Legal Updates for Construction Litigation
Law Alerts • June 1, 2017
Debunking Professional Negligence Liability of an Engineer in Training A recent case out of Florida sheds new light on the potential liability for Engineers in Training ( EITs ). In the case of Sunset Beach Invs., LLC v...., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Architectural, Engineering and Construction Defect Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Mediation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(904) 358-4230  Phone
(904) 355-0019  Fax
www.marshalldennehey.com/attorneys/elizabeth-b-ferguson
University Attended:
The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH, B.A., 1999
Law School Attended:
Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, IN, J.D., 2002
Year of First Admission:
2002
Admission:
2002, Florida; 2005, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
Memberships:

Associations & Memberships

•American Arbitration Association
•The Florida Bar, Board Certified in Construction Law, 2009- Present
•American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, 2009 - Present
•Associated Builders and Contractors
•Chester Bedell Inn of Court
•Florida Bar Association Construction Law Committee: 2005-Present; Construction Law Certification Review Course Steering Committee: Co-Vice Chair, 2017-Present; RPPTL Section Executive Council: 2017-Present
•Florida Board of Professional Engineers, Board Member
•Jacksonville Bar Association, Board of Governors: 2012-Present; Construction Law Section: 2011-Present
•Phi Delta Phi, Wilkie Inn
•Florida Association of Women Lawyers
•Jacksonville Association of Women Lawyers
•The Florida Bar's 2017 Grievance Committee 4A

Languages:
English
Birth Information:
February 15, 1977
Reported Cases:
Significant Representative Matters: Defense of construction, engineering and inspection sub-consultant on an FDOT project with a value over $111 million, involving claims brought by contractor for professional negligence and breach of duty.; Defense of large southeast residential developer and home builder against claims by individual owners for construction defect, including improperly installed stucco, windows and roofing systems. Represented same builder in over 100 suits against the original subcontractors to recover costs incurred by the builder for remediation and repair of the homes.; Defense of construction, engineering and inspection contractor from claims of insufficient maintenance of traffic in a roadway construction zone, case involved the death of two eighteen year olds.; Defense of subcontractor against multi-million dollar construction defect and unfair trade practices claims by general contractor and owner. Case involved construction of multiple buildings, water intrusion and mold claims.; Defense of nation-wide residential developer and home builder in a multi-million dollar construction defects and mold claim brought by individual owners seeking class certification of over 350 homes.; Representative Cases: Welcome v. Arvida, 903 So. 2d 942 (Fla. 1st DCA 2005); Published Works: Big Impact on Duty to Defend Florida Construction Cases, Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018
ISLN:
916939302

Peer Reviews

  • 4.6/5.0 (26 reviews)
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  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
  • Legal Knowledge

    4.7/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.7/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.7/5.0
  • Communication

    4.6/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.4/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 08/16/12 in Construction Law

    Elizabeth is one of the most intelligent, competent attorneys I know. Well deserving of an AV rating.

    Elizabeth is one of the most intelligent, competent attorneys I know. Well deserving of an AV rating. Read less

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    I have been extremely lucky to work with wonderful mentors throughout the years.

  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Of Counsel on 08/13/12 in Construction Accidents

    Elizabeth is Board Certified in the Area of Construction Law in Florida. She just finished her term as President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association. At the conclusion of her term, she was elected to the Board of Govern... Read more

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    Elizabeth is Board Certified in the Area of Construction Law in Florida. She just finished her term as President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association. At the conclusion of her term, she was elected to the Board of Governors of the Jacksonville Bar Association. She is a leader and is extremely well-respected the Jacksonville legal Community. I give her my highest recommendation. Read less

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    Lawyer response:

    The Jacksonville Bar Association is a pillar of the legal community and the Jacksonville community as a whole. I feel honored to be a part of it.

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