Ben is the Managing Shareholder of the Firm’s Austin office and serves on the Firm’s Management Committee. Ben has more than 25 years of experience in litigating complex construction and environmental matters, negotiating and drafting construction and design contracts, master service agreements, serving as in-house counsel for an international design firm, and working on issues concerning the practice of architecture, engineering, and project construction in all 50 states, Mexico and South America. In January 2017, Ben was included in the inaugural class of lawyers board certified in construction law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
In addition to construction law matters, Ben handles administrative matters related to the construction and design industry, as well as environmental and commercial litigation. Most recently, Ben assisted a publicly traded company with the development, relocation and construction of its corporate, industrial and distribution facilities from Southern California to North Texas.
Ben has practiced in a wide range of construction areas such as complex delay, impact, defective design, defective construction, or differing site conditions claims involving mediation, litigation, or arbitration as well as problem project work-outs, including negotiating with sureties and owners. He also works on the drafting and negotiation of complex construction, design and engineering contracts, and environmental issues concerning construction projects.
Ben serves on the American Arbitration Association Roster of Neutrals for Construction cases. Additionally, he has significant experience in dealing with representation of corporations and professionals in claims before State of Texas administrative agencies, construction project lien and bond claims, and project payment issues, performance, defaults, termination, warranty and liquidated damages disputes and jobsite injuries.
Bachelor of Arts from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Juris Doctor from The University of Oklahoma College of Law
AWARDS & HONORS
Board Certified in Construction Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
Elected as Founding Board Chair for Fold of Honor - Central Texas Chapter