At Thompson Burton, we assist owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers comprehend and comply with Tennessee's construction laws and related regulations. Our seasoned team of attorneys is well-versed in the intricate landscape of all construction related documentation ensuring that our clients remain compliant and well-prepared to navigate a wide variety of complex construction disputes.

In furtherance of redefining the art of law, we assist owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers comprehend and comply with Tennessee's construction laws and related regulations. We draft and negotiate construction agreements, design-build agreements and all construction related documentation which advance each client's interests. We assist our clients develop strategies to accomplish their objectives with an eye towards dispute avoidance. However, when disputes are unavoidable, we serve as zealous advocates in complex litigation and arbitration involving commercial and residential construction projects, including the prosecution and defense of defect and warranty claims, lien and bond claims, delay and disruption claims, and a wide variety of other complex construction disputes.

Our lawyers have worked on construction matters that range from the very simple to the complex. Among the simple matters, our lawyers draft residential construction contracts and mechanics' and materialmen's liens, and we handle construction disputes in all Courts (Tennessee and nationwide) as well as all types of arbitrations. No matter the size or complexity of the matter, we are poised to navigate the difficult waters of litigation or arbitration. We have handled multi-million dollar disputes relating to commercial construction projects, litigated in state and Federal Courts matters dealing with commercial and residential properties, construction defects and defective design.

We have represented a global shopping center owner in a dispute involving alleged defects in the construction of a nationwide tenant; and represented the homeowner associations of several communities related to construction issues and total rebuild after catastrophic losses. In each case, our lawyers listened carefully to our clients' needs then used their talent and experience to develop a case-specific strategy that accomplished the client's individual objectives.

We provide a full range of legal services, engaging with our clients at each step to ensure delivery of exemplary services, including:

  • Complex contract drafting, review, & negotiation
  • Contract defaults & termination
  • Project counseling & documentation
  • Licensing complaints & compliance
  • Lien protection & avoidance
  • Claims preparation & negotiation
  • Delay, disruption, & acceleration claims
  • Insurance coverage & claims
  • Public & private contracting
  • Procurement, bid protests, & award disputes
  • OSHA compliance & investigation; labor & workplace safety
  • Risk management & construction administration
  • Subcontractor bond claims


Dave Eckelmann
Commercial Real Estate
Construction Law
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Adam Knight
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Construction Law
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