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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 mbeshara@strategicconstructionltd.com.

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 www.constructionlawsection.org.

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

Event: Dallas Bar Association Monthly Construction Law Section Luncheon
Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 12:00 p.m.
Location:  Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201
Title of Speech:  Quirky Texas Mechanic's Lien and Bond Case Law and Issues in Multi-Lien Claimant Litigation
Speaker:  Misti Beanland of Matthews, Sheils, Knott, Eden, Davis & Beanland, LLP
Program Length:  1.0 Hours (No Ethics Credit)
Topic Explanation:  The presentation will discuss case law regarding Texas lien and bond issues and issues that are presented when litigating a multi-party lien claimant case.

Event: Dallas Bar Association Monthly Construction Law Section Luncheon
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017, 12:00 p.m.
Location:  Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201          
Title of Speech:  Environmental Law Impacts on a Construction Project
Speaker:  Jean M. Flores of Guida, Slavich & Flores, P.C.
Program Length:  1.0 Hours (No Ethics Credit)
Topic Explanation:  This presentation will discuss the intertwining of several environmental law programs into the pre-construction and construction phases of a project, with heavy emphasis on the regulation of storm water discharges.  A general understanding of some of the more common environmental law "impacts" to a construction project, and direct liabilities to governmental agencies, should assist in spotting issues that need pre-construction planning and appropriate risk allocation.

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, t he 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
          E: sshurtleff@griffithdavison.com

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
Email: mbeshara@strategicconstructionltd.com

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
Email: tcloutier@pecklaw.com

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
Email:  mmcquality@shackelfordlaw.net

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
Email:  jholt@austin-ind.com

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
Email:   sshurtleff@griffithdavison.com

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
Email: ahight@winstead.com

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
Email: sgause@fbtlaw.com

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:

          DBA
          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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