Alston & Bird LLP

Construction Department

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What the team is known for Provides counsel on construction-related transactions and disputes for a varied client base. Deftly handles both courthouse litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Advises on a range of project developments, including power plants, sports stadia and transport terminals. Clients include public and private owners, design firms and contractors.

Strengths The firm is recognized by clients for its "very talented and experienced attorneys, who are very personable and relatable."

One source says: "Alston & Bird is consistently one of the top construction litigation firms in the country, and it shows in the service they provide. They are thorough, detail-oriented and knowledgeable."

Another client comments: "You get big-firm quality with really strong industry expertise. It is the best firm we've dealt with in construction litigation."

Work highlights Advised CIM Group on the redevelopment of 12-15 city blocks in downtown Atlanta into 12 million square feet of offices, retail, apartments and hotels.

Notable practitioners

Deborah Cazan
has a wide-ranging construction practice, which includes transactional and contentious matters pertaining to hospitality, energy and mixed-use projects, among others. Interviewees describe her as "an excellent lawyer."

John Spangler
is acclaimed for his expertise handling construction disputes. Clients say: "John is tough as nails. He presents really well in front of mediators and arbitrators. He's very confident and definitely knows his stuff."

Mike Shanlever
handles highly complex disputes arising out of a wide array of construction projects. Clients say: "He is a very energetic and personable partner, who is extremely good at maintaining contact with the client and making sure they receive the best service and support possible."

William Hughes
is "an extremely experienced and seasoned construction attorney," according to interviewees. He negotiates EPC and other construction contracts, as well as handling construction disputes.