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Michael P. Davis maintains a construction law practice and represents a wide variety of trade contractors, prime contractors, owners/developers and design professionals. His practice focuses primarily on construction contract disputes in state or federal courts, arbitrations and mediations throughout the United States. He has successfully represented a broad spectrum of specialty trade contractors and prime contractors in a variety of construction disputes involving construction defects, delay and labor inefficiencies, UCC warranty issues, constructive accelerations, and increased scope of work. Mr. Davis has been a member of the Construction Industry Panel of the American Arbitration Association since 1991 and has served as sole arbitrator in numerous cases.

In addition, Mr. Davis has significant experience in labor and employment law, including matters involving unfair labor practices, union election campaigns, safety violations, overtime claims, employment discrimination, and restrictive employment covenants.

Jill R. Johnson has been a commercial litigator for 11 years. Her practice focuses on construction litigation and business litigation, largely involving commercial landlord/tenant issues. She primarily represents local and national businesses and advises her clients on issues such as contract negotiations and dispute avoidance, as well as general business legal matters like risk management issues.

Ms. Johnson has specific experience handling construction cases involving design and construction defects, delay damages, and bond claims. Ms. Johnson also has significant experience in commercial lease matters, including dispossessory actions, disputes regarding defaults, co-tenancy issues, exclusivity rights, bankruptcy issues and auditing clients’ commercial leases to minimize risk.

Nicholas S. Papleacos has over 33 years of experience in construction law and litigation throughout the country. He maintains a national construction law practice, representing specialty trade contractors including those involved in coatings, mechanical and electrical work, as well as general contractor clients. He has represented contractors in disputes in state and federal court trials and in arbitration proceedings, as well as against federal and state agencies.

He is a member of the Southern Polytechnic State University Foundation and teaches construction law in the Construction Management Department.

Seth R. Price possesses significant experience in the field of construction law. Since 1982, his practice has emphasized the resolution of large, complex construction contract disputes in state and federal courts and through arbitration. When resolution cannot be obtained through negotiation and/or mediation, he has successfully arbitrated and litigated cases with amounts in dispute up to $50M+.

Mr. Price assists owners, contractors and subcontractors in resolving potential and actual construction disputes. He regularly represents owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in matters dealing with a wide range of legal issues. He has successfully resolved cases including construction delay, lost productivity, sufficiency of performance, specification and plan interpretation, extra work, and bond claims.

Mr. Price additionally advises clients on contract terms and provisions, assists in contract negotiations, and provides guidance on dispute avoidance strategy.

Gina M. Vitiello has practiced construction law for 14 years. She handles legal matters involving a wide variety of projects including hospitals, hotels, courthouses, airports, office buildings, ambulatory surgery centers, prisons, power plants, water treatment plants, manufacturing facilities, educational and military facilities, retail properties and multi-family residential complexes. Ms. Vitiello represents clients in contract negotiation matters, dispute avoidance/resolution and litigation. She has extensive experience in handling large, complex construction claims involving delay and impact damages, as well as design and construction defect issues.

She also assists in drafting construction and commercial contracts, including general contracts, professional service agreements, construction management agreements, design-build contracts, subcontracts, joint venture agreements, energy savings performance contracts, and long-term service and maintenance agreements. She advises clients on state, local and federal government contract and procurement issues, as well as government bid dispute issues.

Ms. Vitiello is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as a Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design ("LEED") Accredited Professional and counsels clients on matters relating to sustainability, green building and green leases.