CHARLESTON, S.C.—To specialize or not to specialize? That is the question many construction law attorneys face at some point in their careers.
Law360 examines this difficult question in a new feature article featuring comments from long-time Womble Bond Dickinson construction law attorney Allen Gibson.
The advantage of focusing on construction law is that a practitioner can develop a deep base of knowledge and skills.
Gibson said a focus on construction law can benefit the attorney’s client when negotiating and structuring a construction contract.
“The experience that comes from litigating construction disputes makes those lawyers better advisors to their clients on the construction contracts,” Gibson said.
On the flip side, tying one’s practice to a single sector means the attorney’s practice is tied to the ebbs and flows of the construction industry. Even though an economic downturn can lead to an upswing in construction litigation, Gibson tells Law360 that a prolonged recession means disputes get resolved and construction attorneys are left with little new work.
C. Allen Gibson, Jr. has more than 30 years of trial experience in state and federal courts as well as in arbitration proceedings. He represents a wide variety of businesses involved in the construction industry including owners, developers, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and sureties. Gibson has extensive experience negotiating contracts on behalf of his clients. In addition, he provides advice and counsel on dispute resolution, payment claims, delay claims and other issues impacting construction projects. He also represents manufacturers who supply products to the construction industry. Gibson is an active mediator and arbitrator of construction disputes and has provided these services for parties throughout the country.