Morris Manning & Martin, LLP


At Morris, Manning & Martin, we understand the technical, business and legal issues inherent in the multidimensional construction process. Our Construction lawyers assure that developments proceed with our clients’ best interests in mind.

Cross-Function Representation

Construction projects involve a variety of parties, each having a different role in the permitting, procurement, design, implementation, completion and operation of each project. Lawyers in our Construction Practice represent each of the participants in the process, including owners, developers, lenders, bonding companies, construction managers, contractors, architects, engineers, subcontractors and suppliers. We understand construction from each distinct perspective and are able to leverage that knowledge to assist clients in accomplishing their overall business objectives.

Moving Projects Forward

We advise clients on all phases of the permitting, development, design and construction process. We assist with necessary permitting; assist with project procurement; draft and negotiate design and construction contracts and related documents; handle bid protests and procurement disputes; provide legal guidance during the construction phase; and resolve disputes during and after project completion. We represent clients involved with projects of all types ranging from residential construction to the largest commercial and industrial projects. We are LEED certified and advise on all aspects of green development and construction.

Representative matters include the development and construction of high-rise offices, hotels, apartments, condominiums, retail and mixed-use projects, destination resorts, infrastructure, transportation and medical and manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S. For projects large or small, our lawyers focus on moving development forward in a manner that best serves our clients’ needs and objectives.

Corralling Different Perspectives

We work side-by-side with our clients to identify issues or problems and minimize or expeditiously resolve disputes. Many members of our Construction Practice are experienced, certified mediators and arbitrators, and we draw from their experiences to assist clients in quickly identifying and resolving problems. Our Construction lawyers also tap into the wealth of Morris, Manning and Martin’s resources by consulting with relevant practice groups to provide targeted assistance on key issues. Combining this interdisciplinary assistance with an ability to see different parties’ perspectives enables us to achieve our clients’ business goals swiftly and efficiently.

Representative Litigation Matters

  • Represented national multi-tenant retail shopping center client in prosecution of construction and design defect litigation for damages caused by a deficient asphalt paving system in a fifty-acre regional shopping center.

  • Represented owner and former lender of student housing project in downtown Atlanta in the prosecution of construction and design defect claims against general contractor and design professional regarding moisture intrusion into individual units.

  • Represented national warehouse facility developer in construction defect litigation involving facilities in Phoenix, Arizona.

  • Represented national owner/developer of retail centers, luxury high-rise condominiums and mixed-use developments with regard to claims involving the design and construction of The Wharf at Orange Beach, Alabama (the largest mixed-use marina/resort development in the southeastern U.S.).

  • Represented the owner/developer of the Atlantic Station mixed-use project in Atlanta, Georgia (the largest mixed-used Brownfield redevelopment project in the U.S.) in design and construction claims associated with the project.

  • Represented a major Florida-based resort owner/developer on claims involving the construction of an $80 million high-rise condominium/marina and resort project and a $70 million expansion of an existing destination luxury resort in Hammock Beach, Florida.

  • Represented national multifamily residential real estate developer in construction defect litigation in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Tampa, Florida, and Miami, Florida.

  • Represented international technology company in bid protest litigation successfully affirming $391 million contract award.

  • Represented design/build contractor involving the design and construction of the following resort and destination projects and casinos: Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, Disney Dixie Landings and Disney Celebration attractions at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida and Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas, and MGM Grand and Luxor casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Represented general contractor in claims arising out of the design and construction of the Peachtree Center, Five Points, Georgia State, Midtown and Brookhaven MARTA Stations in Atlanta, Georgia.

Representative Transactional Matters

  • Represented publicly-traded real estate investment trust specializing in retail shopping centers and single-tenant commercial buildings in negotiating construction, design-build, architectural/engineering/design services, and/or consultant agreements for construction, tenant improvements, shell build outs, and other general property improvements on projects in over 25 states.

  • Represented national developer of warehouse properties in drafting and negotiating design, engineering, design-build and construction contracts for multiple warehouse projects throughout the U.S.

  • Represented national hospitality developer in negotiating design and construction contracts for new construction and renovation of multiple branded hotels in over 30 states. 

  • Represented major national and international hotel and resort developer in drafting and negotiating design and construction contracts for multiple luxury destination resorts throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean.

  • Represented major automobile dealers in drafting and negotiating design and construction contracts for multiple automobile sales and servicing centers throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area.

  • Represented multiple national developers in drafting and negotiating student housing facilities and major national universities.

  • Represented owner/developer of the Atlantic Station mixed-use project in Atlanta, Georgia (the largest mixed-use Brownfield redevelopment project in the U.S.) in drafting and negotiating multiple infrastructure, design, and construction contracts for conversion of former steel mill into 138 acre mixed use facility.

  • Represented owner/developer of the Harbor Point mixed-use project in Stamford, Connecticut in drafting and negotiating design and construction contracts for the project.

  • Represented owner of the Atlanta Financial Center in Atlanta, Georgia, in drafting and negotiating design, engineering and construction contracts with local, state and federal entities involving the construction of a six-lane highway and rapid rail system beneath a multiple building high-rise office complex.

  • Represented specialty contractor in the drafting and negotiation of design, engineering, design-build and construction contracts for the Atlantis II Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas and the MGM Grand and Luxor hotels, Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Key Services:

  • Bid protests and procurement disputes
  • Design, permitting and development of construction projects
  • Design, engineering, construction contracts and related documents
  • Mediation, alternative dispute resolution, arbitration and litigation of construction issues and disputes