Founded in 1871, Gilbert Harrell Sumerford & Martin, PC is one of Georgia's oldest and most respected firms. The firm is a relationship-oriented law firm that is committed to providing its clients with personalized service of the highest quality, in the most responsive and efficient manner possible. We strive to provide not only sound legal advice for our clients, but also practical and sound business advice.
JEFFREY PAUL LUTZ is a member of the Firm's litigation and real estate practice groups. Mr. Lutz’s practice focuses on representing individuals and businesses in contract-based disputes.
Mr. Lutz has significant experience working with and for construction companies. Indeed, many of our clients are involved in the industry: real estate developers and owners, contractors and subcontractors, and design professionals alike. Mr. Lutz represents these companies in contract negotiation, drafting, and myriad construction disputes including the following: bid protests, mechanics’ and materialmen’s liens, performance and payment bonds, design defect, workforce supplementation, delay and scheduling, project settlement cramdowns, real property tax assessments, design infringement, project change orders, and extra-contractual performance.
Mr. Lutz also represents small and large corporations involved in commercial and business disputes. Mr. Lutz has taken a lead role in litigation involving the following claims: breach of contract, unfair business and/or trade practices, defamation, fraudulent transfers or conveyances, covenants not to compete or solicit, breach of fiduciary duty, partnership dissolution, and tortious interference with business and/or contractual relations.
Outside the Law: Mr. Lutz is a 12-year veteran of both the U.S. Army and Georgia Army National Guard. While on active duty, he served as a team leader and Non-Commissioned Officer with the 1st battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment where he was deployed throughout the United States, Central and South Americas, and Europe. Among his many awards, Mr. Lutz received the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (Fourth), Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and the coveted Ranger Tab.
Mr. Lutz resides in St. Simons Island with his wife and two sons. He enjoys tennis, golf, hunting, hiking and all things outdoors.
Licensed since 2002
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2002||06/07/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Georgia Super Lawyer||Atlanta Law & politics Magazine||2010|
|Georgia Super Lawyer Rising Star||Atlanta Law & politics Magazine||2007|
|Attorney||Gilbert, Harrell, Sumerford & Martin, PC||2013 - 2013|
|Equity Partner||FSB FisherBroyles||2009 - Present|
|Senior Counsel||The Lutz Law Group, LLC||2008 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.||2005 - 2008|
|Associate Attorney||Richelo Morrissey & Wright, P.C.||2002 - 2005|
|Law Clerk||Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLC||2000 - 2002|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Atlanta Bar Association, Construction Law Section||Member, Board of Directors||2007 - Present|
|Atlanta Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||2002 - Present|
|American Inns of Court - William Augustus Bootle Chapter||Member||2000 - 2002|
|American Bar Association||Member||1999 - Present|
|Volunteer Income Tax Association||Volunteer||1999 - 2002|
|Carolina Cas. Ins. Co. v. Ragan Mech. Contrs., Inc.||Successful Appeal and Ruling of Summary Judgment|
|Vinings Jubilee Partners, Ltd. v. Vinings Dining, Inc.||Settled Prior to Appellate Decision|
|SuperValu Inc. v. KR Douglasville, LLC||Successful Appeal and Ruling of Summary Judgment|
|Georgia ICLE||Construction Law for the General Practitioner||2007|
|International Lawyers Network||Cybercrime in the U.S.- Protecting Your Clients from Theft by Computer||2007|
|Lorman Education Services publication||Construction Management Design/Build in Georgia||2007|
|American Bar association Forum on the Construction Industry||Construction Law Glossary||2007|
|American Bar Association publication||Contractor Payment Remedies||2006|
|National Business Institute Seminar||Georgia Construction Law: What do you do when…?||2003|
|National Business Institute Seminar||Georgia Construction Defect and Mold Litigation||2003|
|Atlanta Construction Bar Quarterly Publications||Georgia Construction Law Case Updates||2003|
|Columbus Bar Association||Employment Rights of Soldiers and Sailors under USERRA||2003|
|Georgia Southern University||U.S. History, American Legal Studies||MA - Masters of Art||2003|
|Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|Georgia Southern University||History, Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1998|
|Construction Management Design/Build in Georgia||Non-Payment Remedies||2007|
|Construction Law for the General Practitioner||Georgia Lien Law||2007|
|Basic Construction Law Principles for the General Practitioner||Contractor Payment Remedies||2006|
|Representing Soldiers and Sailors Abroad||Employment Rights of Soldiers and Sailors under USERRA||2003|