Blair specializes in construction and government contracting law and has expertise in handling alternate dispute resolution, bid protests and claim litigation in various federal and state courts.
Prior to joining the Patel Burkhalter Law Group, Blair worked for Kilpatrick Townsend (formerly Kilpatrick Stockton) where she was responsible for advising owners and contractors involved in private and public projects on a wide variety of issues ranging from contract negotiation, management and administration to project delivery systems, project execution and dispute resolution. Blair has significant experience in advising on front-end claims avoidance, and her negotiation and mediation expertise has helped her achieve early resolution of disputes for her clients, saving them money and giving them peace of mind.
Blair was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 2000 and the Virginia Bar in 2001, and is also a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, Construction Law Section. She was named a Georgia “Rising Star” for Construction Litigation, Government Contracts and Alternative Dispute Resolution by SuperLawyers magazine in 2007, 2008, 2009, and most recently for Construction Litigation in 2010. She received the “Rookie of the Year” Award from National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) in 2009 and has served as both an officer and director for NAWIC’s Atlanta Chapter.
Blair received her bachelor of arts from the University of Georgia and later earned her JD from the University of Tennessee. Originally from Brentwood, TN, Blair now calls Atlanta her home. She shows her love for both animals and children in her free time through her active involvement in the Pit Bull Rescue Network and by serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for CASA. An interesting bit of trivia on Blair: she once considered pursuing acting after making a brief appearance in the Tommy Lee Jones movie, Cobb.
- Construction & Infrastructure
- Government & Municipalities
- Power & Energy
- Construction & Infrastructure Litigation
- Commercial Litigation
- Government Contracting
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Litigation Lead Counsel
- International Project Counsel
- Contract Drafting & Advisory
- Protest Actions
- Federal Compliance Advisory
- Federal Litigation Over Alleged Defects in Specially Designed Power Plant Equipment: Served as lead counsel to a major international EPC contractor involved in a complex U.S. federal court litigation against a Fortune 500 owner alleging damages arising from a sales transaction for specially designed heat transfer equipment incorporated in a large coal-fired power plant. Iron Dynamics, a Division of Steel Dynamics, Inc. f/k/a Iron Dynamics, Inc. v. Alstom Power, Inc., Case No. 1:06CV0357 RBC, United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.
- Project Counsel Services on $4.5 Billion in Coal-Fired Power Generation Assets: Served as project counsel to an international EPC contractor/OEM in regard to the construction of four coal- fired power plants in the United States over a four-year period. The representation involved negotiation and settlement of various claims and disputes of all types including numerous third-party-facilitated settlement negotiations. One such negotiation involved a successful mid-project settlement of over $20 million in claims and a complete revision of the project schedule, payment milestones, and terms of conditional acceptance.
- Construction Litigation for Lauth Construction LLC: Represented a general contractor in four simultaneous complex litigation cases in the federal and state courts of Texas, Florida and Georgia in connection with the construction of four long-term, acute care hospitals. The litigation matters involved $13 million in total claims against the owner and architect for delays, change orders, constructive acceleration, extra work, and bad faith.
- Counsel for a Large Design/Build/Operate/Maintain Contractor: Represented a Fortune 100 design/build/operate/maintain contractor for a $2.1 billion heavy rail mass transit system in the Caribbean and served as on-going counsel on this unique eight-year construction project.
- Contract Drafting: Advised a large industrial developer in the drafting and update of its construction contract forms covering all aspects of project delivery from financing through operation and maintenance.
- Post Award Protest Action Before the Court of Federal Claims: Served as lead counsel in a protest action before the General Accounting Office and then the Court of Federal Claims on behalf of an international provider of mobile surgical vehicles in connection with violations by the Department of Veteran Affairs (“VA”) and the General Services Administration (“GSA”) for the VA’s improper use of the simplified purchasing procedures under GSA’s Multiple-Award Schedule and Federal Supply Schedule.
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Buy American Act Compliance: Advised a Fortune 100 contractor performing public contracts funded under the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on issues relating to Buy-American compliance and other requirements under the stimulus legislation and the Federal Acquisition Regulations. Provided similar counsel to a well-recognized global market leader provider of customized plants, systems and services for the hydro-power, pulp and paper, steel and other related industries receiving federal funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
- “Southeast Region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia,” (Construction Law Update2010, Aspen Publishers, January 01, 2010)
- The American Council of Engineering Companies presents: Limiting Liability and Managing Risks Through Contract Provisions: Ceilings, Floor and Trap Doors, Webcast (February 03, 2009)
- “Southeast Region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia,” (Construction Law Update 2009, Aspen Publishers, January 01, 2009)
- “Southeast Region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia,” (Construction Law Update 2008, Aspen Publishers, January 01, 2008)
- “Southeastern Region,” (Construction Law Update 2007, Aspen Publishers, January 01, 2007)
- “Government Contracts 2003,” (Construction Law Update, Aspen Publishers, July 01, 2003)