Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that, in support of the firm’s client service and industry goals, it has opened its first Southwest office in Houston, Texas, with the addition of nine construction and energy lawyers. The office will be led by partners Ian P. Faria and James A. Collura, Jr. Also joining the firm’s Houston office are partners Jared B. Caplan and Jon Paul Hoelscher, and associates Christian S. Dewhurst, Ryan T. Kinder, Justin T. Scott, and Andrew R. Stubblefield. Each attorney previously practiced at Coats Rose. Nathan V. Graham also joins the firm’s Houston office as a partner after serving as chief corporate officer at Inuvialuit Regional Corporation.
“This is another landmark day for Bradley, and we are thrilled to announce this growth westward,” said Bradley Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner Beau Grenier. “We believe in strategic expansion that directly aligns with the needs of our clients. Our new Houston colleagues are recognized for their quality and service within the construction industry, and they will be a solid anchor for us as we serve clients across many practice areas throughout the state from our new location. Bradley is also making great strides within the energy industry, including the solar power sector, and Texas offers a tremendous amount of opportunities for our clients and us in this area. We look forward to continuing the firm’s strategic growth in the Texas market.”
Collectively, Bradley’s new Houston attorneys represent a wealth of experience and capabilities in construction and surety law, including construction litigation, alternative dispute resolution, bond and lien claims, construction safety and OSHA investigations, contract law, and construction insurance policies. The team also has extensive experience in energy law, with an emphasis on representing oilfield service companies in all facets of business development through dispute resolution and litigation. The team serves private and public sector clients in legal matters that stem from construction and development projects of every size.
“My colleagues and I are extremely pleased to join such a preeminent, respected firm as it enters the Texas market,” said Mr. Collura. “Bradley is rapidly evolving into a national legal powerhouse, and we are honored to play a role in the firm’s strategic expansion into the Southwest.”
“Our team is united behind Bradley’s innovative vision. We look forward to bringing the firm’s client and industry goals to fruition in Texas,” said Mr. Faria. “We share Bradley’s core values of excellence and quality client service, workplace diversity, ethics, integrity, and community engagement. I am confident this transition will benefit our clients and colleagues alike, and it can ensure that our clients will continue to receive the dedicated attention they have come to expect.”
Mr. Faria has extensive experience in the realm of construction and real estate, concentrating primarily on commercial, residential, and industrial construction law. His experience in claims, workouts, trials (bench and jury), and arbitrations encompass a wide range of projects, including highways and bridges, public works projects, commercial and retail construction, industrial and warehouse facilities, residential (single family and multifamily), apartment complexes, pipelines, and drilling sites. He has handled matters of every size, from homeowner claims to multimillion- and multibillion-dollar commercial and industrial projects. Mr. Faria represents developers, contractors and subcontractors, homebuilders, homeowners, business owners, and individuals in disputes, OSHA compliance, and investigations. Additionally, Mr. Faria currently serves on the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section Governing Committee, and he was recently recognized by his peers as one of the top 100 Houston Super Lawyers. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2014.
Mr. Collura has a nationwide energy and construction litigation practice in which he has handled hundreds of millions of dollars in claims, including international disputes for global companies and fast track arbitrations for new startup organizations. Mr. Collura advises his clients in a manner that reduces their exposure to litigation and helps bring their long-term business goals to fruition with proactive legal guidance. When litigation is unavoidable, Mr. Collura is experienced in litigating an array of intricate commercial and construction matters, such as fraud, covenants not to compete, trade secret misappropriation, trademark infringement, breach of contract, business torts, and oil and gas disputes.
Mr. Caplan’s practice, while diverse in background, is primarily focused on commercial, oil, and energy matters. He represents and guides corporations, individuals, and municipalities in legal matters surrounding construction, contracts, leasing disputes, toxic tort exposures, insurance coverage, personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, premises liability, financial institution fraud, and constitutional rights violations. He also holds a certificate in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Houston Law Center and serves as a contributing editor to The Business Suit , a Defense Research Institute publication.
Mr. Graham served as a commercial litigator in private practice for seven years before transitioning to several in-house roles, first as general counsel and associate general counsel for affiliates of the international design and construction company Ferrovial, S.A., then as chief corporate officer of Inuvialuit Regional Corporation. At Inuvialuit, Mr. Graham was responsible for the daily management and business performance of the Inuvialuit Corporate group, including management, integration, and key communications with Inuvialuit’s numerous principal subsidiaries. He also oversaw the legal affairs of more than 20 subsidiaries, multiple government contracts and social programs, focusing on litigation, risk management, insurance coverage and claims management, employee relations, contract review and negotiation, and overall strategy of legal affairs.
Mr. Hoelscher primarily serves construction and energy clients, taking a holistic approach to their risk management considerations, litigation, and general business issues. He regularly represents general contractors, subcontractors, oil companies, manufacturers, property owners, and developers in transactional and litigation matters. Mr. Hoelscher handles defense and prosecution of lien, bond, and delay claims, OSHA matters, wrongful death and catastrophic personal injuries, product and premises liability, construction litigation, employment disputes, insurance, and more.
Mr. Dewhurst focuses his practice on construction litigation, representing owners, general contractors, and subcontractors in contract negotiations, contract disputes, and lawsuits. He currently serves as an adjunct professor of appellate advocacy at South Texas College of Law.
Mr. Kinder concentrates his practice on general and commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on energy disputes. He has represented commercial developers, commercial construction companies, and energy service companies.
Mr. Scott’s practice is focused on general, commercial, and personal injury litigation. He has represented heavy equipment manufacturers and dealers, energy service companies, and energy operators.
Mr. Stubblefield concentrates his practice on construction litigation and appellate matters. He has also represented clients in collections, post judgment issues, subrogation, Deceptive Trade Practices Consumer Protection Act actions, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, and arbitration.
Bradley’s Houston office marks the firm’s ninth location.
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