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Baker Donelson's Construction Group Adds Fielder Martin and Ben Shapiro

(Atlanta, GA/December 5, 2011) Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, is pleased to announce that H. Fielder Martin and J. Ben Shapiro have joined the Firm's Atlanta office. Mr. Martin and Mr. Shapiro, both of whom are joining Baker Donelson as Senior Counsel, were previously named partners at Shapiro Fussell Wedge & Martin, LLP, in Atlanta.

"Fielder and Ben are widely recognized leaders in the field of construction law. Each has an outstanding reputation built over the course of nearly 50 years of representing clients across the construction industry," says Linda A. Klein, managing shareholder of Baker Donelson's Georgia offices. "We are pleased to welcome them to our Atlanta office and to our Firm's Construction Group."

Mr. Martin has represented owners, general contractors, sub-contractors, sureties, design professionals and their professional liability insurers for more than 30 years. Recognized as one of the pioneers of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), he received the American Arbitration Association's Whitney North Seymour, Sr. Arbitration Medal in 1984. He has been recognized as a leading attorney in construction law by Best Lawyers in America® and Georgia Super Lawyers. Mr. Martin has held leadership positions on the American Bar Association's Forum on The Construction Industry, the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee and Construction Litigation Committee and has served as chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. He served as a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia from 1972 through 2009, has chaired the Atlanta Bar Association's Construction Law Section, and is a past president of the DeKalb Bar Association. A graduate of Emory University School of Law, Mr. Martin has been a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers since 1999 and recently completed a term on its Board of Directors.

Mr. Shapiro represents owners, general contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers and design professionals in construction disputes in state and federal courts, arbitration and mediation. He is Past Chair of the Construction Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, Past President of Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia, Inc. and a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers. Mr. Shapiro has been recognized as a leading attorney in construction law by Georgia Super Lawyers since 2004, including being named among the Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers in 2006. A graduate of Emory University School of Law, he attended United States Naval Justice School and served in the Judge Advocate General Corps in the Naval Reserve. Mr. Shapiro served as a Trustee of Emory University from 1990 to 1996 and as President of the Emory Law School Alumni Association. He is a co-founder of Georgia Legal Services Program, the state-wide legal service system in Georgia.

Members of Baker Donelson's Construction Group have participated in a wide range of construction matters and projects throughout the United States and in various international venues, handling construction disputes at all levels of trial and appellate litigation, as well as through mediation, arbitration and other ADR techniques. Members of the Group are Fellows in the prestigious American College of Construction Lawyers, have been listed in Best Lawyers in America® every year since 2003, have been selected for and serve on the American Arbitration Association's National Panel of Construction Arbitrators for Large and Complex Cases, and are registered design professionals. Baker Donelson was ranked in the top five for Construction Law by Best Lawyers in America® 2011.

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