Chris brings an extensive construction background to his practice as an attorney. Before entering law school, he obtained a degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas and spent several years working in the construction industry on interstate highway, oilfield, water, wastewater and corrections projects in Texas, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico. His practice is divided between drafting and negotiating complex design and construction contracts and litigating disputes that arise in the construction industry. In over 15 years of practice as an attorney, he has:
- Developed and negotiated design, construction, construction management, design-build and project management contracts and master contracts for over 500 construction projects in 36 states, Washington D.C., Canada, Latin America and the United Kingdom, encompassing both public and private projects in the commercial, industrial, education, technology, utility and single and multi-family residential sectors.
- Developed and negotiated subcontract and sub-consultant agreements for builders and design professionals working on public and private projects in Texas.
- Represented owners, developers, contractors, architects, landscape architects and engineers in dozens of design and construction defect suits on residential, commercial, and public projects. These defect claims included allegations of foundation and other structural failures, water infiltration, stone veneer and curtain wall failure, retaining wall collapse, storm water diversion, catastrophic roof failure, sound suppression, and mold and “sick building” cases.
- Litigated commercial and consumer disputes—in both federal and state courts—involving claims for breach of contract and warranty; fraud; Building Code, Water Code and DTPA violations; materialmen’s liens; delay claims; cost overruns; and statutory and common law bond claims.
- Negotiated payment bond settlements and performance bond “takeover” and “tender” agreements.
- Represented nationally recognized hotel owners and restaurateurs in franchisee disputes and public interest suits over compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Compiled an impressive record successfully defending design professionals in disciplinary proceedings before the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners and Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
University of Texas at Austin School of Law, J.D., with honors (2000); Member – The Review of Litigation
University of Texas at Austin, B.S., Architectural Engineering (1992)
Member in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation
State Bar of Texas (Construction Law Section)
Austin Bar Association (Construction Law Section)
Associated Builders & Contractors
“A Litigator’s View of Troublesome Contract Clauses,” University of Texas at Austin School of Law Construction Law CLE (2007).
“Picking Up the Pieces: Performing the Performance Bond,” Lorman Education Services Seminar (2005).
“Basic Risk Allocation Strategies in Contracting for Architects and Engineers,” Seminar – University of Texas at Austin School of Law Construction Law CLE (2004).
“Theories of Liability Against Architects and Engineers,” Seminar – University of Texas at Austin School of Law Construction Law CLE (2003) (Matthew J. Sullivan, co-author).