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Bert Chollet

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Bert Chollet practices in all areas of construction law.

Professional Biography

Bert Chollet is located in Baker Donelson's Nashville office and a member of the Construction Group.

Bert brings a wealth of experience in counseling clients in the construction industry. He provides his clients with a full range of services in connection with public and private projects throughout the United States and abroad. His practice includes counseling his clients on projects across numerous industries, including health care, hospitality, energy, education, and transportation projects.

His experience encompasses a wide variety of matters including contract drafting and negotiation, litigation and arbitration, government contracts, contract disputes and claims, bond claims and mechanics liens, bid disputes, wrongful termination claims, MBE and DBE matters, licensing, bankruptcy proceedings and appellate work. Bert represents clients from all areas of the construction industry including owners, contractors, design professionals, developers and other corporate entities. His experience includes projects across numerous industries, including health care, hospitality, energy, education, and transportation projects.

Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Bert practiced at law firms in Chicago, Illinois and Memphis, Tennessee. Before practicing law, he served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Holly M. Kirby. Bert joined Baker Donelson in January 2020.

  • Recognized in 2019 Emerging Lawyers in Illinois under 40 for Construction Law
  • Chicago Building Congress Future Leaders
  • National Bond Claims Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Forum on the Construction Industry
  • "Navigating Lost Productivity Claims," Construction Client Alert (2019)
  • "Delegated Design and the Black Hole of the Inartfully Drafted Contract," Construction Client Alert (2019)
  • "Recent Appellate Court Ruling Potentially Increases Sureties' Performance Bond Exposure In Illinois For Payment Claims," Construction Client Alert (2019)
  • "The Sovereign Act Doctrine and Federal Contracts," Construction Client Alert (2018)
  • "Preserving Mechanics' Lien Rights in Bankruptcy Proceedings," Construction Client Alert (2018)
  • "Illinois Construction Law," HKL Global Communications, Inc. (2015)
  • "The Potential Expansion of Subdivision Bond Liability on Public Projects: The Illinois Supreme Court's Decision in Lake County Grading, Co., LLC v. Village Of Antioch," Surety Claims Institute (October 2015)
  • "Case Update: Providing Clarity For Differing Site Conditions Claims On Federal Design-Build Projects," Construction Client Alert (2014)
  • "The Reallocation of Risk for Differing Site Conditions in Metcalf Construction Company, Inc. v. United States," Construction Client Alert (2013)
  • "Securing the Road to Nowhere: When Subdivision Bond Payments Constitute Economic Waste or an Unreasonable Windfall to the Obligee," International Association of Defense Counsel Fidelity & Surety Committee Newsletter (July 2011)
  • "Obtaining Judicial Relief From an Improper Arbitration Award on the Basis of Corruption, Fraud, Undue Means, the Failure to Hear Material Evidence, or Other Misbehavior Prejudicing the Rights of a Party," Construction Briefings, Thomson/West (July 2007)
  • "Enabling the Gaze: Public Access and the Withdrawal of Tennessee's Proposed Rule of Civil Procedure 1A," University of Memphis Law Review, Volume 36, Book 3 (Spring 2006)
  • "Tips in Dealing with Bankruptcy," Midwest Construction Claims Conference (July 2019)
  • "Considerations for the Surety's Analysis and Preparation of its Principal's Affirmative Claims," National Bond Claims Association (October 2017)
  • "Contract Change Provisions," Lorman Education Services seminar (June 2014)
  • "Troubled Developments: Surety Bond and Lien Claims," Illinois Institute for Local Government Law, 18th Annual Conference, Naperville, Illinois (February 2011)
  • "Troubled Developments in a Troubled Economy," American Public Works Association, Schaumburg, Illinois (May 2009)
  • "Mechanics Liens," and "The Illinois Bond Act," Lorman Education Services seminar, "Construction Lien Law in Illinois," Orland Park, Illinois (September 2008)



  • University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, J.D., 2005
    • Notes and Comments Editor – University of Memphis Law Review
  • Carson-Newman University, B.A., 2001


  • Tennessee, 2005
  • Illinois, 2007

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