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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, Tracey Williams at 972-523-5100 or

Meeting Schedule

Please check the DBA calendar for meeting dates and times.

Construction Law Section Events

For additional information about the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section Annual Meeting, please visit

Next Dallas Bar Association Construction Law Section Event(s):

Event: Dallas Bar Association Monthly Construction Law Section Luncheon
Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:00 PM
Location:  Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201
Title of Speech:  That's Mine -- Recognizing and Addressing Recurring Intellectual Property Issues in the Construction Industry
Speaker:  Colbie Campbell, Slates Harwell LLP 
Program Length:  1.0 Hours (No Ethics Credit)
Topic Explanation:  This presentation will provide a general overview of each major category of intellectual property, including trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets, as well as a discussion of specific intellectual property issues that arise often in the construction industry and how to identify/address those issues. 

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 in the Section Downloads below. In addition, the order form for the Texas Lien and Bond Claims Handbook published by this section may be requested from:

          John Slates
          Slates Harwell LLP.
          1700 Pacific, Suite 3800
          Dallas, Texas 75201
          T: 469-317-1010


Section Officers

Name: Tracey L. Williams
Officer Position: 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: Vice Chair
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: Secretary
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: Treasurer
Firm: Griffith Davison & Shurtleff, P.C.
Address: 13737 Noel Road, Suite 850
City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75240
Business Phone: 972.392.8900

Name: John Slates
Officer Position:  Information Officer
Firm:  Slates Harwell LLP
Address:  1700 Pacific, Suite 3800
City, State, Zip:  Dallas, Texas 75201
Business Phone:  469-317-1010

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

Name: Jennifer Ryback
Officer Position: Board Advisor
Firm: McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C.
Firm Address: 2501 N. Harwood, Suite 1800
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214.954.6851

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 $30.00 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/web page, email Jessica Smith or call 214-220-7477.  

 Section Downloads

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