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Richard S. Sevier, Jr

Slade Sevier is a partner at the firm’s Nashville office and a member of the Construction and Infrastructure practice group. With his engineering background and more than 17 years of litigation and contract negotiation experience, Slade strives to use industry knowledge to craft unique approaches and achieve cost effective resolutions to client problems. His litigation practice includes representing clients in disputes subject to arbitration, before state and federal courts, and before governmental agencies with respect to a wide variety of matters, including disputes involving breach of contract, negligence, real and intellectual property, and leases, tax appeals, eminent domain, bid protests, general business disputes, and, especially, construction disputes. Slade has considerable experience in the health care, higher education, and industrial, office, retail, hospitality, and commercial development sectors. 

Slade has extensive experience in the construction industry, which consists of representing public and private owners, developers, tenants, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and designers in various types of construction and real estate related disputes involving issues such as construction and design defects, scheduling, disruption and delay claims, codes violations, licensing requirements, payment claims, mechanics’ and materialmen’s liens, prompt pay claims, copyright infringement, and consumer protection act claims (TCPA).  For example, Slade currently represents the owner of a new manufacturing plant in a dispute with the general contractor that involves approximately $50M in change order claims and $35M in defective and omitted work counterclaims.  A significant portion of Slade’s litigation practice involves alternative dispute resolution (mediation, arbitration, etc.).  

Slade’s transactional practice primarily involves reviewing, drafting, and negotiating construction, design, maintenance, service, and other agreements related to real estate development. He has considerable experience with health care, higher education, mixed-use, and hospitality developments, the forms of the American Institute of Architects (AIA documents), and other standard design and construction contract forms. The types of projects have included hospital and healthcare facilities, medical office buildings, senior living facilities, office towers and tenant build-outs, industrial facilities, utility improvements, apartments, condominiums, on-campus, and single-family residential, retail, hospitality and entertainment venues, and mixed-use developments throughout the country.

Slade is also registered to practice patent law before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and a registered Professional Engineer. 

Before law school, Slade was a civil engineer with a design/consulting firm in Nashville. This experience involved commercial, industrial and residential developments, construction permitting, zoning and code compliance, surveying, roadway and traffic design, construction supervision, utility and infrastructure design, earthwork, site grading, floodplain analysis, stormwater management, and dam design. Immediately prior to joining the firm, Slade was a member of a full-service U.S. law firm.  

  • Best Lawyers in America®  "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation - Real Estate, 2021
  • The Legal 500 United States “Recommended Lawyer”
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • National/Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers
  • Director, Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel
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