Clayton C. Utkov

Clayton C. Utkov

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Construction Attorney in Austin – Clayton C. Utkov

tbls1-constructionlawBoard Certified in Construction Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Clayton C. Utkov has a practice which focuses on both the transactional and dispute resolution aspects of construction law. He represents general contractors, subcontractors, owners, developers and suppliers in all matters, from drafting and negotiating construction contracts to complex construction disputes, including contract disputes, performance and payment disputes, delay claims, design and construction defects, and bond and lien claims. He represents clients on public projects, including highway projects, schools, hospitals and waste water treatment facilities, and private projects, including hotels, multi-family developments, industrial facilities and office projects. Clayton has experience resolving issues for his clients through negotiations, mediation, arbitration and litigation in both state and federal court.

Clayton also has an active construction-focused alternative dispute resolution practice; he serves as an arbitrator and is a credentialed mediator with the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association.

Clayton is based at the firm’s Central Texas office location in Austin.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Law
  • Litigation
  • Arbitration and Mediation

Bar and Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Representative Experience

  • Represented general contractor in a bet-the-company lawsuit involving delay and defective work claims by the owner exceeding $13 million, and wrongful termination claims by the general contractor of nearly $8.5 million. The case involved as many as 50 other parties.
  • Defended general contractor and individual indemnitors in claims by surety for almost $7 million related to bond claims. As part of a favorable settlement, the clients paid a small fraction of the claimed damages.
  • Represented general contractor seeking payment for extended general conditions and unapproved change orders in arbitration against a project owner. The owner sought damages for delays and defective construction. The case was resolved with a significant payment to the client.
  • Represented general contractor who entered into more than 50 contracts to perform emergency services work as a result of hurricane damage on the coast. The disputes arose with subcontractors and related entities; all were successfully resolved in litigation for the contractor.
  • Defended prime contractor against owner claims related to defective construction of retaining calls designed by the Texas Department of Transportation.
  • Represented landscape architect in arbitration against project developer for payment. The Arbitrator awarded a full recovery, including damages, and legal costs, to the landscape architect.
  • Represented prime contractor in negotiations with its surety and the United States Corp. of Engineers after the termination of the prime contractor from a design build project for USACE.
  • Represented prime contractors in payment claims against municipalities.
  • Represented national specialty contractor in negotiations with the United States Corp. of Engineers for equitable adjustment and claims by USACE of defective work.
  • Represented owner in claims against its general contractor related to defective flooring.
  • Represented general contractor in claims against steel subcontractor related to defective coating of exterior steel.
  • Represented general contractor in claims against multiple subcontractors relating to defective waterproofing of multiple balconies on a multifamily project. The case was resolved with a significant payment to the client.
  • Represented general contractor in claims against its mechanical subcontractor regarding the defective installation of the HVAC system in a multifamily project.
  • Successfully represented general contractor at trial on claim against subcontractor for excess costs of construction after subcontractor refused to perform its scope of work for the amount bid.
  • Represented project owners and general contractors in claims related to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Represented numerous, owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in payment disputes.
  • Drafted and negotiated numerous general contractor/subcontractor agreements and general contractor/owner agreements.

Education

  • J.D., Southern Methodist University School of Law, 2000
  • B.S., Accounting, Southwestern University, 1997

Professional Recognition

  • Construction Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • “Texas Super Lawyer,” as presented by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Business in Texas Monthly, 2013-present
  • “Texas Rising Star,” as presented by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Business in Texas Monthly, 2007-2009, 2012-2013
  • AV© Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Speeches and Presentations

  • “How to Save Money in a Construction Lawsuit,” Construction Financial Management Association, Heart of Texas Chapter, October 2016
  • “How to Save Money in a Construction Lawsuit,” Construction Financial Management Association, Central Texas Chapter, February 2016
  • “Managing the Risk of Subcontractor Default,” half-day seminar, September 2014
  • “Texas Lien Law: Releases, Notices of Intent, Lien Filings, and What to Do Next,” Construction Financial Management Association, August 2014
  • “Scheduling and Schedule Related Claims: The Basics,” Lorman Education Services, May 2014
  • “How to Avoid a Construction Lawsuit,” half-day seminar, October 2013
  • “Cost Effective Approaches to Dispute Resolution,” Construction Financial Management Association, August 2013
  • “Construction Contracts—Understanding Key Provisions,” Halfmoon Education, April 2013
  • “How to Avoid a Construction Lawsuit,” Central Texas Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association, October 2012
  • “How to Avoid a Construction Lawsuit,” Greater Austin Contractors & Engineers Association, October 2012
  • “New Legislation Affecting the Construction Industry,” Greater Austin Contractors & Engineers Association, September 2011
  • “New Legislation Affecting the Construction Industry,” Construction Financial Management Association, August 2011
  • “Key Contract Provisions” at Lorman Education Services, November 2008
  • “Project Delivery Systems” and “Risk Assessment in the Contract: Killer Contract Clauses” at Lorman Education Services, July 2008

Published Works

  • Austin Approves New Rules for Late Night Concrete Pours,” AM Monthly Law Alert, November 2016
  • “Managing the Risk of Subcontractor Default,” (Co-Author), 2014
  • “How to Save Money in a Construction Lawsuit,” Modern Contractor Solutions Magazine (Co-Author), 2014
  • “How to Avoid a Construction Lawsuit – Practical Tips for General Contractors,” Modern Contractor Solutions Magazine (Co-Author), 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Austin Bar Association (Chair, Construction Law Section)
  • State Bar of Texas (Member, Construction Law Section)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Forum on the Construction Industry)
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association (Credentialed Mediator)
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Austin Young Construction Lawyers Assocation
  • The Associated General Contractors of America, Austin Chapter
  • The Associated General Contractors of Texas
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Central Texas Chapter
  • Texas Water Infrastructure Network