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Construction Law Section

The Dallas Bar Association Construction Law Section focuses on a broad range of legal and industry issues that arise in the context of public and private construction projects. We provide an excellent opportunity for continuing education and a forum for discussing and answering questions on construction law issues of all types. The Section hosts luncheons for its members on the first Thursday of every month at The Belo Mansion beginning at noon. Guests are welcome to join us to see what the Section is all about. Through luncheon seminars and its newsletter, the Section aims to keep its members abreast of developments and trends in construction law. The Section actively encourages its members to participate in pro bono projects which involve construction issues.

If you would like to be a guest at our next luncheon, or if you would like information on joining the Section, please contact our Chair, Matt Beshara, at 214.403.8947 or


Meeting Schedule

Please check the DBA calendar for meeting dates and times.

Construction Law Section Events

Because of the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section Annual Meeting, the Dallas Bar Association Construction Law Section will not host a monthly meeting in March. For additional information about the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section Annual Meeting, please visit

Next Dallas Bar Association Construction Law Section Event: 

          Event: Dallas Bar Association Monthly Constuction Law Section Luncheon
          Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 12:00 p.m.
          Location:  Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201
          Title of Speech:  Ten Things You Need to Know About a Certificate of Merit
          Speaker:  Stanhope B. Denegre of Capshaw and Associates
          Program Length:  1.0 Hours (No Ethics Credit)
          Topic Explanation:  In Texas, a certificate of merit must support a complaint against
          the licensed or registered professionals or business entities listed in the statute.  This
          is a topic of interest to the construction bar.  This presentation will discuss issues when
          a certificate of merit is required, the requirements for a certificate of merit, some
          history of the law, and some of the presenter's experiences with the statute.


Texas Lien and Bond Claim Handbook

2011-2012 Supplement to the Texas Lien and Bond Claim Handbook is now available.  The cost for the handbook plus the supplement is $180.00.  The cost for only the supplement is $30.00.  Both of these costs are exclusive of shipping and sales tax. The order forms can be found below. In addition, the order form for the Texas Lien and Bond Claims Handbook published by this section may be requested from:

          Stewart Shurtleff
          Griffith Davison & Shurtleff, P.C.
          13737 Noel Road, Suite 850
          Dallas, Texas 75240
          T: 972-392-8900

Texas Lien Bond Claims Order Form.pdf

Texas Lien Bond Claims Order Form (Supplement Only).pdf

Section Officers

Name: Matt Beshara
Officer Position: Chair 
Firm: Strategic Construction, Ltd.
Address: 801 E. Plano Pkwy, Ste. 207
City, State, Zip: Plano, Texas 75074
Business Phone: 214.403.8947

Name: Tracey L. Cloutier
Officer Position: Vice Chair
Firm: Peckar & Abramson, P.C.
Address: 8080 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1600
City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75206
Business Phone: 972.523-5100

Name: Mark McQuality
Officer Position: Secretary
Firm: Shackelford, Melton, McKinley & Norton, LLP
Address: 9201 North Central Expwy, 4th Floor
City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75231
Business Phone: 214.780.1400

Name: Justin Holt
Officer Position: Treasurer
Firm: Austin Industries, Inc.
Address: 3535 Travis St Ste 300
City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75204
Business Phone: 214.443.5700

Name: Stewart Shurtleff
Officer Position: Information Officer
Firm: Griffith Davison & Shurtleff, P.C.
Address: 13737 Noel Road, Suite 850
City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75240
Business Phone: 972.392.8900

Name: Andrea Hight
Officer Position: Immediate Past Chair
Firm: Winstead PC
Address: 500 Winstead Building, 2728 N. Harwood Street
City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75201
Business Phone: 214.745.5400

Name: Stephanie Gause
Officer Position: Board Advisor
Firm: Frost Brown Todd
Firm Address: 100 Crescent Court, Ste. 350
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.545.3472

Section Membership

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Construction Law section,please click here to join online or send a letter of request and the $25.00 membership fee to:

          2101 Ross Ave
          Dallas TX, 75201

Please note that you must be a member of the Dallas Bar Association to join a section. If you have any questions regarding sections membership, please contact the DBA membership department.

Section Admin-Mass E-mail/Roster

Section Admin-Webpage

For questions regarding Section email/roster/webpage, email Jessica Smith or call 214-220-7477.  


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