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James Pringle Laurie III

Construction and development Attorney at Burlingame, CA

5.0   2 reviews
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Reason: In-House Counsel
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: In-House Counsel
  • State Years
    North Carolina - NC 31 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 30 years
    Tennessee - TN 32 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1993
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1992
    Inactive No misconduct found

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Construction and development
    Construction & Business Law; certified Arbitrator, Federal Court certified Mediator; business litigation.

    33 years

As of January 2018:

Corporate Counsel, Environmental Chemical Corporation, 1240 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA 94010 , @ECC_Corp

Environmental Chemical Corporation delivers design-build, construction, environmental remediation, engineering and design management, energy, munitions response, and international development solutions to complex challenges facing Government and commercial organizations worldwide. @ECC_Corp

ECC in Burlingame, CA is ranked #244 on the ENR 400 2018 Contractor List, #41 for Top Contractors Working Abroad, and #6 in the Hazardous Waste Sector.


Formerly in Pivate Practice with The Law Office of James P Laurie III PLLC, Raleigh, NC:

Represent construction clients in complex construction litigation and arbitration practice; lien and bond claims and claim defense involving delay and disruption claims, differing site condition, construction defects, change order claims, terminations, and other project performance disputes; commercial transactions including sale of assets or buisness; practice includes representation of Owners, Developers, General Contractors, Specialty Trade Contractors, Subcontractors, Suppliers, and Sureties; litigate in State and Federal courts and arbitration proceedings nationwide; litigate government contractor claims before the Boards of Contract Appeals for the Armed Services and the Veterans Administration; international construction contract and development project review for Middle Eastern, Russian Republic, Canadian, Caribbean, Tribal Sovereign Nation, and United States development projects; provide Lien Agent services; provide regulatory representation, including OSHA citation defense and EEOC complaints; license defense of construction trades before Occupational Boards; advise on commercial development projects; litigate policy holder coverage suits; litigate and arbitrate high end residential projects; lecture and publish nationally to trade associations on construction law, employment law, and general business issues; counsel services for national Construction Industry trade associations; advise on legislation drafting and lobbying activities; represent a self insurance fund; prepare and present Continuing Legal Education manuscripts and seminars on construction law; serve as Certified and Court Appointed Arbitrator in Wake County North Carolina District Court; Arbitrator by private appointment; Certified Federal Mediator to USDC EDNC; Expert Witness services; appointed as Arbitrator and Mediator to the Construction Industry Roster of Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association (AAA).

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Environmental Chemical Corporation
1240 Bayshore Highway
Burlingame, CA, 94010
James Pringle Laurie III
Raleigh, NC, 27615
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Posted by Garrett | August 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable with construction disputes!
Jim Laurie helped us with multiple projects in our North Carolina office, including a public building that delivered more than a year and a half late, and caused us extreme delay and disruption problems. Jim did a great job with our claims against the General Contractor and defending against the $900,000+ counterclaim that included liquidated damages. Acoustic Ceiling & Partition (ACP) is an ENR 600 Specialty Contractor based in Ann Arbor, MI and has been in business for over 30 years, and self performs all framing, drywall and acoustic ceiling work.
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Posted by Andy Pfirman | August 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend James P Laurie, III
I am Vice President of Lamp Metal Trusses and an Officer of Matandy Steel. We are a Steel Truss Manufacturer and Erector. Jim has decades of experience in Construction Litigation. He knows the Construction Industry and how Projects work. He knows what evidence to look for, and the best way to handle complicated construction litigation in a cost effective manner. He has helped us successfully resolve claims in litigation and arbitration including public, private, and military base projects. We will continue to use him.
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Work Experience

  • Corporate Counsel
  • Environmental Chemical Corporation
  • 2018 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Strayer University
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Construction Arbitrator & Mediator
  • American Arbitration Association
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Principal Attorney
  • The Law Office of James P. Laurie III PLLC
  • 1999 - 2018
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  • Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • OSHA School, United States Department of Labor
  • Certified Inspector Private Sector Safety & Health
  • 1987
  • Washington and Lee University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Successfully Defend Defective Work Claim for Material Fabricator
  • Defeated 100% of all claims; recovered 100% of counterclaim plus costs
  • Manufacturing Facility Contract Drafting and Negotiation
  • Successful Entry into Construction Contract Agreement with General Contractor
  • Federal and Private Payment Bond Claims on Multiple Military Bases in Three States for Steel Erector
  • Settlement
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  • American Arbitration Association
  • Arbitrator & Mediator on Construction Industry Panel
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Subcontractors Association
  • Attorney's Council
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Former Division Nine Steering Committee
  • 1992 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • SuperLawyers Top Construction Litigation Attorney
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2018
  • SuperLawyers Top Contruction Litigation Attorney
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyers in NC-Highest Ethical Stds & Professional Excellence
  • The Legal Network
  • 2016
  • Best for Mechanics Liens & Payment Bond Claims - North Carolina
  • Corporate America Legal Elite 2015
  • 2015
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who In American Law
  • 2015
  • Best Attorneys On Bankruptcy & Debt 14
  • Best Attorneys On
  • 2014
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  • ABA Forum on Construction Law
  • Book Published: "Construction Subcontracting" Book, Chapter 2, Co-Author "Negotiation, Drafting Issues, and Strategies"
  • 2014
  • Carolina Subcontractor
  • "Lien Law Revision Committee Final Report is Mixed Bag for Subcontractors and Suppliers”
  • 2012
  • North Carolina General Assembly Subcommttee
  • White Paper: "Proposed Legislative Change to Correct NC Lien Law for Pete Wall Case"
  • 2012
  • Carolina Subcontractor
  • "Proposed NCLTA Legislation Would Allow Easy Destruction of Subcontractor Lien Rights Mid-Project By The Owner”
  • 2009
  • The Construction Legal Review
  • “NC Retainage Reform For Public Projects Effective Jan 1, 2008"
  • 2008
  • The Construction Legal Review
  • Publisher
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • Greensboro, Raleigh & Charlotte, Carolina Electrical Contractors Association (CECA)
  • “Negotiating the New AIA and ConsensusDOCS Subcontract Forms”
  • 2008
  • Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), Raleigh, NC
  • “Comparing the New AIA and ConsensusDOCS Subcontract Forms”
  • 2008
  • Attorneys Council, American Subcontractors Association Conference, Charleston, SC
  • “Sureties Fail to Comply With 45 Day Deadline In AIA A312 Payment Bond And Lose Defenses”
  • 2008
  • Live National Webinar, American Subcontractors Association
  • "Bidding & Negotiating the New AIA A401-2007 Contractor-Subcontractor Agreement"
  • 2007
  • American Subcontractors Association of the Carolinas, Wrightsville Beach, NC
  • “Flip This Clause: Avoiding Misfortune and Turning Bad Contract Clauses Into Good Clauses”
  • 2006
  • "Sticks and Bricks" Construction Training for Attorneys CLE
  • “You Know Construction Law But Do You Know Construction?” Sticks and Bricks Training for Attorneys on Steel Erection
  • 2005
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Construction and development Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a highly regarded construction law attorney. He is a long time member of American Subcontractors Association and the ASA Attorneys Council."