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Mr. Lehman has been a construction lawyer and business litigator for nearly 20 years. His abilities and knowledge in construction law were recognized in 2017 when he became a Florida Bar Association Board Certified Specialist in Construction Law. Certification requires having practiced law in Florida for at least 5 years, spending over 40% of one's practice as a construction lawyer, at least 45 hours of approved construction law continuing legal education in the three years immediately preceding application, peer review (including both ethical and professional ability reviews), and a written examination.
He has extensive experience in trying cases in arbitration, at bench trials, and to juries. In recognition of his expertise, he received the AV Preeminent rating from his peers through the Martindale-Hubbell rating system for both his ethical standards and his legal ability, and he was named as a Super Lawyer Rising Star in Construction Litigation in 2011.
In the courtroom and in litigation, Mr. Lehman's experience includes cases representing owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and program managers in federal and state courts in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. Mr. Lehman has handled construction disputes including matters involving the Diplomat Hotel, the DeKalb County School Program, the design and construction of the City of Hartwell's wastewater treatment plant, KSU Place at Kennesaw State University, the Federal Prison in Miami (Florida), road construction projects in Georgia, Alabama, and Texas, and retail parcel and outparcel developments across the Southeast.
In addition to construction litigation, Mr. Lehman also has provided advice to contractors and developers at the beginning of projects to help them avoid disputes later in the project. Mr. Lehman has drafted, reviewed, and negotiated contracts for projects including Plaza Midtown (Atlanta), numerous multi-family residential projects, several assisted living projects, and multiple office building developments in Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina.
Mr. Lehman has lectured and written extensively in the area of construction law and construction contracting. His engagements have included speaking to the Georgia chapter of the American Institute of Architects regarding green construction, electronic documentation protocols, and the A201 terms and conditions of the construction contract. In addition, he spoke at the Fall 2014 Meeting of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law regarding Guided Choice Dispute Resolution and at the Fall 2013 meeting of the Forum as part of a panel discussing third-party discovery issues in arbitrations.
Mr. Lehman takes an active part in several national and local bar associations. He is the Chair for Division 1 (Litigation and Dispute Resolution) of the American Bar Association's Forum on Construction Law. More locally, Lehman is a Past Chair of the Atlanta Bar Association Construction Section.
The Dispute Resolver, (The Online Publication of Division 1 of the Forum on Construction Law).
Exposing Experts to Mediation: A Cautionary Note, Under Construction: The Newsletter of the ABA Forum on Construction Law, July 2015 (Vol. 17 No. 2).
Construction Basics: An Overview of CPM Scheduling and Delay Claims, Under Construction: The Newsletter of the ABA Forum on Construction Law, January 2015 (Vol. 17 No. 1).
A New Alternative: The AAA's "Supplementary Rules for Fixed Time and Cost Construction Arbitration," Under Construction: The Newsletter of the ABA Forum on Construction Law, September 2014 (Vol. 16 No. 2).
How to Draft Lawsuits to Trigger Insurance Coverage, Under Construction: The Newsletter of the ABA Forum on Construction Law (with Anthony L. Osborn), April 2014 (Vol. 16 No. 1).
Construction Basics: Betterment, Premium Costs, and First Costs, Under Construction: The Newsletter of the ABA Forum on Construction Law, November 2013 (Vol. 15 No. 4).
Construction Basics: Construction Contract Warranties, Under Construction: The Newsletter of the ABA Forum on Construction Law, August 2013 (Vol. 15 No. 3).
United States Construction Law, The International Comparative Legal Guide to Construction & Engineering Law 2014 Edition, ICLG, July 1, 2014 (with Anthony Meagher).
"Word Tenants' Leases Carefully to Avoid Subcontractor Liens," Retail Construction Magazine, March 2003 (with S. Gregg Joy).
"Creation of a Contract by Solicitation of a Bid," Findlaw, 1999.