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Despite all the lawyer jokes, attorneys play an important part in advocating for their clients’ interests. This is where my years of experience will benefit your company. My role is to alleviate the legal obstacles that steer attention away from growing your business. From start to finish, I actively protect your business goals through drafting favorable contracts and resolving conflict through settlement, litigation or mediation.


 


WHAT MAKES ME UNIQUE:


 


•I am the recipient of Martindale Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, an honor bestowed on less than 1% of all attorneys practicing in the United States, based on the quality of service, overall value, and responsiveness I provide clients on a daily basis.


•Having concentrated on the intricacies of construction, environmental, and government contract law, I am able to quickly identify and resolve hurdles before they become insurmountable and costly.


•As an adjunct professor, I educate future construction professionals to apply their understanding of the law to compete in the volatile construction industry.


•I routinely publish articles and provide client alerts on cutting-edge legal issues, statutory changes, and other innovations, including public private partnerships and environmental incentives, so my client may capitalize on these innovations before other industry leaders.


 


HIGHLIGHTS:


•Successfully defended structural engineer against a $27 million claim involving a public high school.


•Coordinated Public Private Partnerships for local and international clients involving infrastructure repairs in the United States.


•Applied knowledge of solar energy construction and smart grid applications for use by several internet data centers.


•Drafted compliance manuals with practical documentation for government contractors to avoid possible False Claims Act suits.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Construction: 40%
    17 years
  2. Environmental: 25%
    17 years
  3. Contracts: 25%
    17 years
  4. Residential Real Estate: 10%
    17 years

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP

410 N. Boylan Ave
Raleigh, NC, 27603

Smith Currie & Hancock LLP

1023 West Morehead Street, Suite 301
Charlotte, NC, 28208

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NCActive200806/04/2016
GAActive Member in Good Standing 199907/15/2016
DCInactive 200007/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Rising Star / Super LawyersAtlanta Magazine2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior CounselSmith Currie & Hancock, LLP2010 - Present
AssociateSmith Currie & Hancock, LLP1999 - 2006
Law ClerkArnold & Porter, LLP1997 - 1999
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Women in ConstructionN/AN/A
Carolinas AGCN/AN/A
North Carolina Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Wake County Bar Association, Tenth Judicial District and Wake County Bar CommitteeN/AN/A
North Carolina Construction Professionals NetworkN/AN/A
National Association of Women LawyersN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Capstone Dev’t Corp., et. al. v. Universal Constructors, Inc., et. al.11th Cir. found in client's favor
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Common Sense ConstructionPolicing False WOSB Representations to Ensure Benefit to Those IntendedN/A
Common Sense ConstructionFOIA Requests as Legal Business EspionageN/A
Atlanta Bar Association NewsletterMeasure of Damages for Breach of Building Contract is Cost of RepairN/A
ABA Construction NewsletterExpert Affidavit Required to Sustain Professional NegligenceN/A
ABA JournalVenue for Confirmation of Arbitration Awards Under the FAAN/A
Carolinas AGC White PaperThe Benefits of Pre-QualificationN/A
Atlanta Bar AssociationSomething Amiss? Don't Miss a Statute of Limitation Because of ItN/A
Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, American Society of Civil EngineersToxic Mold: Latest Construction DefectN/A
Retail Construction Magazine, Journal of Architecture, Design, Construction & Facilities ManagementBad Air HVAC Systems Can Mean Liability for Retailers, BuildersN/A
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Catholic University of AmericaN/AN/A1999
Emory UniversityN/AN/A1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE InternationalAlternative Dispute Resolutions: Strategies for Peace2001
Piedmont Bar AssociationRecent Changes to North Carolina Law Affecting the Construction IndustryN/A
North Carolina Department of Transportation SeminarThe Little Miller ActN/A
Lorman SeminarsHandling Mold Disputes: A Guide to Recent Developments and Effective Litigation StrategiesN/A
Joint Seminar of the NC Institute of Economic DevelopmentUnderstanding North Carolina's New Lien LawsN/A
Georgia Tech Research InstituteAn Executive Overview on MoldN/A
Georgia AGC Practical Documentation SeminarDocumenting Progress and Communication on the Job SiteN/A
Contemporary issues in Wastewater ManagementApplication of Construction Law to Wastewater ConstructionN/A
Construction Defects: Water Intrusion & Other CalamitiesThe Contractor's Perspective on Construction DefectsN/A
Alternative ConstructionThe Design/Build MovementN/A