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Roland Scott Lyford

Construction and development Attorney at San Antonio, TX

5.0   4 reviews
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Reason: Not Practicing
  • Licensed for 48 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1975
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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After joining Mills Shirley in 1993, Scott opened the San Antonio office in 2002. Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both Civil Trial and Civil Appellate Law, Scott provides advice to design and construction professionals in avoiding and resolving problems that arise in the course of complex building projects. His clients include architects, engineers, surveyors, contractors, subcontractors, and materials suppliers throughout the South and Central Texas area. He is a frequent speaker at Risk Management Seminars, and an instructor at the annual Professional Practice Leadership Program sponsored by AIA San Antonio.

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Mills Shirley LLP
409 S. Presa
San Antonio, TX, 78205

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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2013
Professional Negligence Defense
Scott’s guidance during a very complex professional negligence case proved invaluable. He is exceedingly knowledgeable and organized as well as patient and considerate. Scott thoroughly explained the legalities allowing us to participate more fully in the development of his strategy. He listened carefully to the details related to our role and was focused and understanding of all the issues involved in the services we provide. His effort enabled him to successfully explain this to the jury members, who in most cases knew very little about our profession. Scott’s level of service was excellent and I highly recommend him to anyone needing professional legal counsel.
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Posted by Phillip | September 12, 2011
Working on claim with Scott Lyford
I'm an architect and have been working with Scott for some time now on a complicated claim related to a conflict with a contractor on a large project. The proceedings have been a revelation to me, as they would have been irrespective of the attorney working on my side, but Scott quickly became a partner in the process, taking the extra time to try to make complex legal issues clear to me an my office. He is working always (and successfully) toward a positive outcome. He is open to any alternative positions I might want to take, and has always reviewed his strategies with us before enacting them. We have started using Scott on other claim and contract issues beyond the original claim.
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Posted by Dan | September 8, 2011
Vice President / General Counsel
Scott Lyford is a fantastic attorney who has honed his skills so that he effectively and efficiently provides strong legal advice and representation. His practice is somewhat unique in that he provides a unique combination of exemplary attorney as well as counselor. Scott's knowledge of the law and his ability to create effective strategy makes him one of my go-to lawyers.
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Posted by Robert | September 7, 2011
Survey Recommendation
Scott has managed this claim expeditiously while taking the proper amount of time to fully understand the circumstances, facts and presiding legal issues. I believe Scott to be very knowledgeable of construction law with a practical mindset.


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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Mills Shirley, LLP
  • 1993 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Galveston County Legal Department
  • 1985 - 1993
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Texas Attorney General's Office
  • 1983 - 1984
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Travis County District Attorney's Office
  • 1979 - 1983
  • Attorney
  • Blatnton & Lyford
  • 1976 - 1979
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  • University Of Texas
  • law
  • 1975
  • University of Texas System, Austin
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1968

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Black & Vernooy Architects vs. Lou Ann Smith
  • Reversed on Appeal
  • Callahan & Associates vs. Orangefield Independent School District
  • Judgment for $30,000 for architect.
  • Payne v. City of Galveston
  • Judgment for County


  • AIA San Antonio
  • Allied Professional
  • 2004 - Present
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • 2001 - Present
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • 1993 - Present
  • San Antonio Bar Association, Costruction Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2011 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified - Civil Trial Law
  • State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1991
  • Board Certified - Civil Appellate Law
  • State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1990

Speaking Engagements

  • TSA 72nd Annual Convention
  • Balancing Perspectives - Getting to Win-Win with Your Contracts
  • 2011
  • Legal Issues for Texas Professional Engineers
  • Appearing as a Witness in a Civil Case
  • 2011
  • Legal Issues for Texas Professional Engineers
  • Professional Liability Insurance for Engineers
  • 2011
  • TSA 71st Annual Convention
  • The Purpose of Understanding Legal Issues that Affect Your Practice
  • 2010
  • TSA 70th Annual Convention
  • The Power of Words - Understanding Your Contract
  • 2009
  • Minimizing Engineering Liability Exposure
  • Professional Malpractice Claims
  • 2009
  • TSA 69th Annual Convention
  • Evolving Concepts in Loss Prevention - Thinking Outside (and Inside) the Box
  • 2008
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