Abba Harris Receives Humanitarian Award from NAWIC, Elected President of Greater Birmingham Chapter

Firm News, Accolade

Bradley is pleased to announce that Abigail B. Harris, an attorney in the firm’s Birmingham office, is the recipient of the first-ever Jo-Ann Golden Humanitarian Award from the Southeast Region of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). In addition, Mrs. Harris was installed as president of the Greater Birmingham chapter of NAWIC.

The Jo-Ann Golden Humanitarian Award honors women who, like Mrs. Golden, have had a positive and powerful impact on their community, their industry and the environment. Mrs. Harris was formally recognized at the Southeast Region Conference earlier this month.

As president of the Birmingham chapter of NAWIC, Mrs. Harris is working to create a program between NAWIC and YWCA Central Alabama that will allow construction companies to participate in a YWCA job training program to provide homeless adults the opportunity to explore careers in the construction industry.

“We are proud of Abba’s unyielding efforts to strengthen and amplify the success of women in the legal and construction industries, and we congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition from the Southeast Region and Greater Birmingham chapters of NAWIC,” said Bradley Birmingham Office Managing Partner Dawn Helms Sharff.

Mrs. Harris is an associate in the Construction Practice Group and represents EPC contractors, general contractors, and subcontractors on a variety of projects — from condominium towers and retail centers to water treatment plants and utility-scale solar farms — locally, nationally, and abroad. Throughout her practice, she has assisted in claim preparation and defense of government contracts, tailored contracts to meet the needs of specialty contractors, and defended a wide range of matters, including breach of contract, breach of warranty, and complex fraud claims. 

Bradley was named the nation’s “Law Firm of the Year” for Construction Law in the 2020 and 2018 editions of U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law firms." The award is particularly significant since only one law firm in the United States per legal practice area receives this recognition each year. Attorneys in the firm’s Construction Practice Group counsel clients on projects in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as more than 35 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and South America. Many of the firm’s construction attorneys have degrees in engineering, building science or architecture and have previous practical experience working in the construction industry.