Construction Litigation

Practice Chair, Paul E. Sperry

Our Construction Litigation group is proud to have represented clients in the construction industry for more than 25 years. This focus on the construction industry has allowed the group to develop the experience needed to provide solid counsel, advice and representation with respect to the many issues that arise from the construction process.

A primary focus of the Construction Litigation group has always been helping construction professionals through the litigation process. Members of the group handle litigation in all of the trial and appellate courts in Georgia and South Carolina. Members of the group have effectively handled virtually every type of construction case ranging from those involving a few thousand dollars to disputes over tens of millions of dollars.

Over the past fifteen years, the group has expanded well beyond the courtroom offering assistance in risk identification and management through all aspects of construction, as well as representation and counsel from project and contract inception through the conclusion of any claims or disputes that arise out of a project. The insight gained from litigating construction related disputes has provided us with the ability to identify for clients the obstacles that can arise through the construction process. We know from experience how to avoid potential claims and handle claims that do arise.

The Construction Practice includes several subgroups, which allow us to provide  focused representation for our clients. The largest subgroup represents architects, engineers, surveyors, interior designers, program managers and other design professionals, but there are also subgroups focused on the interests of contractors, subcontractors, owners, developers, insurers, sureties as well as others involved in the construction process.

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Paul E. Sperry

Practice Group Chair

Paul is managing partner of the Charleston office where he concentrates his practice on construction litigation and general liability matters. He represents general contractors, subcontractors, developers, material suppliers and owners in lawsuits involving construction related disputes. Paul has experience defending architects and engineers in design defect claims, site work design and more. Furthermore, he provides…


Laura Paris Paton

Practice Group Co-Chair

Laura is a Partner in the Charleston office of Copeland, Stair, Valz & Lovell, LLP.  She is co-chair of the Construction Litigation Practice Group, chair of the Diversity Committee, and a member of the General Liability Practice Group.  Laura’s practice focuses primarily on Construction and Design Defect Litigation representing owners, developers, contractors and design professionals in both the development of various types of…