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As part of the firm's litigation group, I focus my practice on commercial law and alternative dispute resolution, with a heavy emphasis on construction law. I have handled numerous disputes including lien law and an entire range of construction-related issues, including defects, delays, payment disputes, bond claims, and contract interpretation. Additionally, I frequently lecture on construction and lien law issues.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Construction: 50%

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Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.

Liberty Tower, Suite 1700
605 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, TN, 37450


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199107/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BTI Client Service All-Stars in Construction LawThe BTI Consulting Group2015
Construction LawBest Lawyers in America2015
Construction LawBest Lawyers in America2014
Construction LitigationMid-South Super Lawyers2014
Construction LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Construction LitigationMid-South Super Lawyers2012
Editorial BoardGeorgia Law Review1989
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Order of the CoifUniversity of Georgia School of LawN/A
Civil Procedure and Legal Research and WritingAmerican Jurisprudence AwardN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderChambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC2003 - Present
ShareholderSamples, Jennings & Gibbons2002 - 2003
ShareholderChambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC1998 - 2002
AssociateChambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC1991 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Arbitration AssociationRoster of Neutrals, Member2015 - Present
Chattanooga Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Associated General Contractors of GeorgiaPast MemberN/A
Tennessee Workforce Investment BoardSoutheast Tennessee Development District, MemberN/A
Tennessee Association of Construction CounselFounding MemberN/A
National Center for Youth IssuesBoard of DirectorsN/A
Meritas, Construction SectionPast ChairN/A
CSO ChorusMemberN/A
Chattanooga Resource FoundationMember, Past Chairman of the BoardN/A
Associated General Contractors of East TennesseePast Board of DirectorsN/A
Associated General Contractors of AmericaCommittee on Construction ContractsN/A
State Bar of GeorgiaMemberN/A
ACE Mentor Program of Southeast Tennessee and North GeorgiaBoard of Directors, former memberN/A
Christian Legal SocietyMember, Past President of Local ChapterN/A
Tennessee Bar Association, Construction Law SectionFormer ChairmanN/A
National Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Lookout Mountain Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Georgia Tech Club of ChattanoogaPast PresidentN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Georgia Law ReviewThe Equal Access Act and Mergens: Balancing the Religion Clauses in Public SchoolsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Georgia Institute of TechnologyN/AMA - Masters1982
Georgia Institute of TechnologyArchitectureMA - Masters1981
Georgia Institute of TechnologyN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Flipping Houses: Advising Clients on Trends and PitfallsContracts Can Leak and Creak, Too!2015
Construction Law SeminarAdvocate's Perspective on Conducting an Arbitration Hearing2015
Construction Law SeminarAnatomy of a Construction Dispute from A to Z2014
2014 Annual ConventionTennessee Construction Law Update2014
Key Contracting Issues for Owner & Design Professional Agreements: Comparing Provisions in AIA & ConsensusDocs ContractsBuilding Information Modeling (BIM)2013
Key Contracting Issues for Owner & Design Professional Agreements: Comparing Provisions in AIA & ConsensusDocs ContractsOwnership, Copyright, Use & Transmission of Paper & Electronic Documents2013
Construction Law SeminarWhat Every Lawyer Involved in a Construction Case Needs to Know About Construction But is Afraid to Ask2013
Construction Industry SeminarSticks and Bricks - What Every Lawyer Involved in a Construction Case Needs to Know About Construction But…Is Afraid to Ask2012
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel Real Estate SeminarLegal Issues Affecting Real Estate Owners2011
Tennessee Bar Association’s General Practice SummitGeneral Practice Summit on Construction Law2010
Tennessee Bar Association SeminarPreparing a Client (and Yourself) for Mediation2010
American Institute of Architects SeminarGreen/Sustainable Design Potential Liability Issues2010
Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel SeminarMock Construction Trial – Opening Statement Strategies and Expert Witness Examination Strategies2009
Lorman Education Services SeminarLien Law Concepts2009
American Institute of Architects SeminarComparison of AIA A201 & ConsensusDOCS2002008
Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel SeminarPrompt Pay Act and Lien Law Review-An Examination and Discussion of the 2007 Amendments2007
Associated General Contractors of East Tennessee and Chattanooga Chapter of American Institute of Architects SeminarNew Tennessee Retainage Statute2007
Lorman Education Services SeminarChange Orders in Tennessee2005
The Associated General Contractors of East Tennessee SeminarMechanics’ and Materialmen’s Lien Law2002