Award winning real estate and construction law firm with decades of legal experience in representing many of South Texas’s most prominent construction and real estate firms with drafting contracts and, when needed, litigation disputes.
Mr. McNelis has considerable experience in representing owners and general contractors on large construction projects, as well as their subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals, throughout the project development and construction process. Through his extensive construction litigation background, Mr. McNelis is able to provide valuable risk-assessment, management and liability guidance during all phases of the construction, as well as highly-developed dispute resolution skills and strategic planning. Mr. McNelis has also been selected to serve as a mediator in complex construction project disputes involving multiple parties with sometimes conflicting interests.
In 2004, Mr. McNelis formed McNelis + Associates, PLLC to provide superior legal services to the construction and real estate development industries. While all members of the firm have extensive commercial litigation and contract drafting experience, Sean McNelis’ construction law career commenced nearly 25 years ago as a law clerk with H.B. Zachry Co.’s in-house legal counsel. In that time he has practiced law in Dallas with the State’s foremost construction law firm of Canterbury, Stuber, Pratt, Elder & Gooch, developed and led the construction law practice team at the State’s second oldest and San Antonio’s largest law firm of Matthews and Branscomb, PC, and left in 2004 to form one of the State’s most experienced and respected boutique law firms providing superior legal services to the construction and real estate professionals.
Mr. McNelis has decades of dedicated experience in representing the legal needs of owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals throughout the construction process and throughout the State. Mr. McNelis has successfully litigated numerous lawsuits, arbitrations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution processes involving all manner of construction disputes before both state and federal courts, to include defective construction claims, delay claims, hindrance claims, deficient design document claims, impact claims, payment and performance bond claims, surety obligations and lien claims.
A large portion of Sean’s practice is dedicated to assisting parties in drafting both simple and extremely complex construction agreements (including negotiated contracts, design-bid-build contracts, design-build contracts, [email protected] contracts and cost-plus contracts), project management contracts, design contracts, subcontract agreements, supply contracts and purchase orders. From straightforward supply contracts to complex design-build contracts involving multiple parties, phases and funding mechanisms, Mr. McNelis has demonstrated the skill and the expertise needed to craft comprehensive contract documents to help ensure a successful project while protecting the interests of his clients. Mr. McNelis is able to utilize his extensive construction litigation background to provide valuable risk-assessment, management and liability guidance, as well as highly-developed dispute resolution skills and strategic planning, throughout the contracting process. Particular attention is given to minimizing potential disputes on the project by drafting contracts with clear delineations of authority, obligations and risk assumption.
Sean McNelis has served as the president of the Construction Law Section of the San Antonio Bar Association, after serving on its board for over five years. He also served as on the San Antonio Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (“AGC”)’s board of directors, and his firm was awarded the AGC Service Provider of the Year award in 2011. Mr. McNelis is active in the Texas and American Bar Associations’ Construction Law Sections, as well as in local construction industry trade associations. Mr. McNelis has conducted numerous seminars for clients and industry professionals regarding legal topics as diverse as perfecting lien and bond claims to risk mitigation in contract drafting, to legislative updates on issues impacting the construction industry.
As part of our firm’s ongoing commitment to our clients to be at the very forefront of changes in the construction industry, Mr. McNelis has achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s training and accreditation to become LEED Accredited. By becoming LEED accredited, Mr. McNelis is best prepared to assist you in managing the risks, responsibilities and administrative procedures inherent in commercial and residential projects seeking LEED Certification. Most recently, Mr. McNelis, was distinguished by the State Board of Legal Specialization as being one of the very first lawyers within the state of Texas to become Board Certified as a specialist in Construction Law.
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1994||08/23/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Board Certified - Construction Law||Texas Board of Legal Specialization||2017|
|Best Lawyer in San Antonio||Scene in SA Magazine||2016|
|Best Lawyer in San Antonio||Scene in SA Magazine||2015|
|Best Lawyer in San Antonio||Scene in SA Magazine||2014|
|Best Lawyer in San Antonio||Scene in SA Magazine||2013|
|Best Lawyer in San Antonio||Scene in SA Magazine||2012|
|Best Lawyer in San Antonio||Scene in SA Magazine||2011|
|Best Lawyer in San Antonio||Scene in SA Magazine||2010|
|Best Lawyer in San Antonio||Scene in SA Magazine||2009|
|Best Lawyer in San Antonio||Scene in SA Magazine||2006|
|Top 40 Under 40||San Antonio Business Journal||2005|
|Founding Attorney||McNelis & Associates, PLLC||2004 - Present|
|Shareholder||Matthews & Branscomb, PC||1998 - 2004|
|Associate||Richie & Gueringer, PC||1996 - 1998|
|Associate||Canterbury, Stuber, Pratt, Elder & Gooch, P.C.||1995 - 1996|
|Legal Staff Intern||Us Senate Judiciary Committee||1995 - 1995|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|San Antonio Bar Association, Costruction Law Section||President||2000 - Present|
|Texas Bar Association, Young Construction Lawyers Committee||Director||2005 - 2005|
|Texas Young Lawyers Association||Board of Directors||2000 - 2003|
|San Antonio Bar Association, International Law Section||Board of Directors||1998 - 2000|
|San Antonio Young Lawyers Association||Board of Directors||1998 - 2003|
|Texas Lawyer||Law of The Land||2004|
|Shepard's/McGraw-Hill||The Texas Construction Law Manual||1997|
|St. Marys University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas)||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1989|
|American Bar Association, Mid-Year Conference||Mid-Year Conference||2004|
|American Judicature Society Annual Meeting||American Judicature Society Annual Meeting||2003|
|American Bar Association, National AOP Conference||National AOP Conference||1999|
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