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Matthew J. Guy

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Matthew Guy concentrates his practice in general civil defense with primary emphasis on litigation of construction matters.

Featured Experience

Regularly assists client with Public and Private Works Act claim and lien issues, including successfully obtaining cancellation of Private Works Act liens for property owner.

Obtained favorable settlement for a general contractor against a subcontractor in a commercial construction dispute.

Successfully achieved dismissal of claims against general contractor in state court pursuant to arbitration provisions in construction contract.

Professional Biography

Overview

Matthew focuses on general civil defense with primary emphasis on construction litigation, including construction contract disputes and preparation, defect claims, delay claims, and other related issues.

Representative Matters
  • Regularly assists client with Public and Private Works Act claim and lien issues, including successfully obtaining cancellation of Private Works Act liens for property owner.

  • Obtained favorable settlement for a general contractor against a subcontractor in a commercial construction dispute.

  • Successfully achieved dismissal of claims against general contractor in state court pursuant to arbitration provisions in construction contract.

  • Obtained dismissal of claims against general contractor in Louisiana state court due to forum non conveniens.

  • Successfully achieved grant of writ application arguing no cause of action on behalf of statutory surety against claims by a subcontractor on a public project.

  • Obtained favorable settlement for architectural firm against claims by owner in a commercial construction dispute.

  • Successfully protested Request for Proposal under Louisiana Procurement Code to allow client additional time to obtain necessary licenses prior to proposal submission date.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Member – Federal Bar Association
  • Member – Louisiana Bar Association
  • Member – New Orleans Bar Association
  • Member – 22nd Judicial District Court Bar Association
  • Former Board Member – Alexandria Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
  • Recipient – Baker Donelson Mandeville Pro Bono Award (2019)
Publications
  • Co-author – "Defending Against Owner Claims," Construction Disputes: Representing the Contractor, Fourth Edition (Aspen Law and Business, 2019)
  • Co-author – "Louisiana Construction Laws and Customs Q&A," Practical Law (2017)
Speaking Engagements
  • "Overview of Upcoming Private Works Act Revisions" (December 2019)
  • "Overview of Upcoming Private Works Act Revisions" (December 2019)
  • "Overview of Upcoming Louisiana Private Works Act Revisions," Construction Management Association of America, Gulf Coast Chapter, New Orleans (September 2019)
  • "The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)," Louisiana REALTORS® Continuing Education Seminar, Shreveport (October 2016); New Orleans (April 2017); Shreveport (April 2017); Lake Charles (June 2017); Lafayette (September 2017); Baton Rouge (September 2017)

Education

  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 2010
    • Moot Court Trial Team, 2009 – 2010
  • Louisiana State University, B.S. in Accounting, 2007
    • Chi Alpha Sigma Member (National Society of College Athlete Scholars)

Admissions

  • Louisiana, 2010
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, 2010
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

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