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Mr. Garrison concentrates his practice in construction litigation and represents owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in all aspects of construction disputes.

Featured Experience

Obtained the dismissal of a multimillion dollar claim against an engineering firm without discovery in state court, a decision affirmed by the Alabama Supreme Court.

Obtained a multi-million dollar settlement for an owner against a general contractor for defective roofing work at a prominent religious facility.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Garrison concentrates his practice in construction litigation, and he is one of the few attorneys in Alabama accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP®). This credential allows Mr. Garrison to help clients proactively examine and prepare for the unique qualifications and risks that are involved in green construction projects.

As a construction attorney, Mr. Garrison represents owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in all aspects of construction disputes, from construction contract drafting and negotiation to mechanics' liens, contractor licensing issues, insurance claims, payment and performance bond claims, retainage issues, litigation and arbitration. In addition to his construction practice, Mr. Garrison is also experienced in appellate work and general business litigation involving non-compete agreements, obtaining temporary restraining orders and other injunctive relief, receivership cases, employment discrimination cases, contract disputes and personal injury defense.

Before joining Baker Donelson, Mr. Garrison worked in the office of the Governor of Alabama and was a law clerk to the Honorable W. Keith Watkins, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

Representative Matters
  • Successful appeal of a trial court's denial of a motion to compel arbitration before the Alabama Supreme Court.

  • After a five-day arbitration on behalf of general contractor, received an award enforcing a prior settlement agreement and dismissing the owner's attempts to recover over $3 million in damages from the contractor.

  • Obtained the dismissal of a multimillion dollar claim against an engineering firm without discovery in state court, a decision affirmed by the Alabama Supreme Court.
  • Obtained a multi-million dollar settlement for an owner against a general contractor for defective roofing work at a prominent religious facility.

  • Obtained summary judgment in excess of one million dollars for a general contractor's unpaid retainage relating to work at a wastewater treatment plant.

  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a railroad contractor against a quarry owner.
  • Assisted a client with hundreds of contractor and engineering licensing issues across 48 states.
  • Obtained dismissal of counterclaims and a half-million dollar arbitration award against a general contractor on behalf of a window subcontractor after a five-day arbitration over leaking windows and repair costs.

  • Assisted a construction company in recording mechanics' and materialman's liens reflective of extra costs for the construction of a hotel. Upon review of the loan and construction documents, our team determined that the lien had priority over the hotel lender's mortgage, which put a great deal of pressure on the owner and lender to resolve the lien. Without having to engage in any discovery or additional litigation, we obtained full payment for the client in exchange for a release of lien and dismissal of the lawsuit.
  • In arbitration, represented members of a real estate development entity seeking contributions from minority partners for expenses incurred in a failed development project.
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed as a top lawyer in Alabama by Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers in Construction Litigation (2018, 2019)
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Construction Litigation (2013 – 2017)
  • Named to AGC Alabama's inaugural "Top 40 Under 40" Class of 2018
  • Named as one of Birmingham Business Journal's "Top 40 Under 40" (2019)
  • Named as one of Birmingham's "Rising Stars/Attorneys of Note" by B-Metro magazine (2014)
  • Named by Birmingham magazine as one of "Birmingham's Top Attorneys" in Construction (2014)
  • Member – Leadership UAB Class of 2012
  • Former and Founding Board Member – Financial Education Outreach
  • Secretary-Treasurer – Alabama State Bar, Construction Industry Section
  • Member – Birmingham Bar Association's 2010 Future Leaders Forum
  • Past Vice Chair –  Birmingham Branch of U.S. Green Building Council's Alabama Chapter
  • Recipient – Baker Donelson's Birmingham Office Pro Bono Award (2010 and 2011)
  • Finalist – 2009 Birmingham Business Journal Green Advocate of the Year
  • Former and Founding Member – Birmingham Civil Rights Institute REACH
  • Past President – Rotaract Club of Birmingham Foundation 
  • Past Executive Committee Member – Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) Roundtable
  • Board Member – ACE Mentor Program of Alabama
  • Board Member – Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema, Inc.
  • Selected to "Future Leaders in Construction" by Associated Builders & Contractors of Alabama (2014)
  • Vice President – Alabama AGC, Birmingham Associate Board
  • Executive Committee – Alabama AGC, Young Constructor's Forum
  • Member – Public Interest Advisory Board, University of Alabama School of Law
  • Member – University of Alabama Division of Community Affairs Board of Advisors (2018 – Present)
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • Panelist – Crisis Communications Panel, SMPS Alabama Chapter (November 2019)
  • "Key Provisions of the Alabama Building Commission General Conditions," Fifth Annual Construction Law Summit by the Construction Law Section of the Alabama State Bar (December 2018)
  • "Building in the Age of Artificial Intelligence," AGC's Construction Risk Summit (August 2018)
  • "The 2017 AIA Family of Documents," Fourth Annual Construction Law Summit by the Construction Law Section of the Alabama State Bar (December 2017)
  • "Construction Law 101," Alabama Surety Association Luncheon (August 2017)
  • "Engineering Law 101," 12th Annual Ethics Day Event, Alabama Society of Professional Engineers (November 2016)
  • "Making and Enforcing Construction Lien and Bond Claims," Second Annual Construction Law Summit by the Construction Law Section of the Alabama State Bar (December 2015)

Industries

Education

  • University of Alabama, J.D., 2007, cum laude
    • Senior Articles Editor and Member of the Managing Board – Alabama Law Review
    • Recipient – Outstanding Managing Board Member – Alabama Law Review
    • John A. Campbell Moot Court Board
    • Recipient – Judge Walter P. Gewin Best Brief Award (Campbell Moot Court Competition)
    • Student Fellow – Blackburn Institute
    • Member – Bench & Bar Legal Honor Society
  • University of Alabama, B.S. in Civil Engineering, 2002, cum laude
    • Founder and President – Alabama Students for Constitutional Reform
    • Vice President – Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honor Society) 
    • Vice President of Membership – American Society of Civil Engineers
    • Recipient – Capstone Engineering Society Outstanding Senior, Department of Civil Engineering (2002)
    • Participant – Co-operative Education Program, one-year full-time work with general contractor specializing in wastewater treatment plant construction (2000)

Admissions

  • Alabama, 2007
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama, 2008
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, 2014

Renowned for his handling of construction disputes, litigation and arbitration on behalf of a range of owners, contractors and suppliers. One client enthuses: 'He has done an excellent job of understanding and representing our interests.'

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