Our primary areas of practice are:

  • Construction Disputes, including
    • – Claims
    • – Litigation
    • – Liens and bonds
    • – Arbitration
  • Construction Contract Negotiation, including
    • – Draft, review and negotiate contracts
    • – Project Delivery Systems
    • – Industry standard forms (AIA, EJCDC, AGC Consensus Docs)
  • Appellate Practice, including before
    • – the Texas Supreme Court
    • – the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • – several Texas Courts of Appeals
  • Professional Responsibility, including
    • – Texas Board of Professional Engineers
    • – Texas Board of Architectural Examiners
    • – Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, including
    • – Arbitration
    • – Mediation

Attorneys

Appellate Cases

Publications

  • Construction Law (William R. Allensworth et al. eds., 2009)
    Place: Textbook Published by the American Bar Association for the Teaching of Construction Law
    Author/Speaker: Edited by William R. Allensworth
  • Payment and Performance Bonds on Public Projects
    Place: Published in HalfMoon Seminars, LLC: Construction Law for Public Projects (August 10, 2016).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown
  • Chapter 150: Updates and Trends in Certificate of Merit Law
    Place: The Advocate, State Bar of Texas Litigation Section Report Summer 2016.
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth and Will W. Allensworth
  • Key Clauses in Design and Construction Contracts for Condominium Projects
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 29th Annual Construction Law Conference (2016).
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham. Presented by Joe Basham
  • Overview of Contract Law
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Education, Inc.: Legal Issues for Texas Civil Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors (Nov. 19, 2015).
    Author/Speaker: Will W. Allensworth
  • Theories of Liability Against Architects and Engineers
    Place: Presented to the Texas State Bar Construction Law Section Basic Course in Construction Law (2015).
    Author/Speaker: Originally authored by William R. Allensworth and Matthew J. Sullivan, updated by Will W. Allensworth (presented by G. Stewart Whitehead)
  • Architect/Engineer Defense in Practice
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 28th Annual Construction Law Conference (2015).
    Author/Speaker: Will Allensworth (co-authored and presented by Matthew B. Cano)
  • Overview of Contract Law
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Education, Inc.: Legal Issues for Texas Civil Engineers (Aug. 13, 2014).
    Author/Speaker: Will W. Allensworth
  • Design Professionals and the Economic Loss Rule
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 27th Annual Construction Law Conference (2014).
    Author/Speaker: Panel Moderator: Matthew C. Ryan
  • The Top 5 Legal Mistakes Made by Design Professionals
    Place: Austin Business Journal (Dec. 20, 2013)
    Author/Speaker: Matthew B. Cano
  • Increased Use of Bifurcation in Construction Cases Involving Derivative Claims
    Place: The Construction Lawyer: Journal of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, Vol. 33, No. 4 (Fall 2013).
    Author/Speaker: Will W. Allensworth (co-authored with R. Carson Fisk)
  • The Certificate of Merit: Field of Opportunity and Peril
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 26th Annual Construction Law Conference (2013).
    Author/Speaker: Co-authors Matthew C. Ryan and Will Allensworth (co-authored and co-presented by G. Stewart Whitehead)
  • Recent Developments in Construction Law
    Place: Presented to the AACEI Central Texas Section Meeting (Nov. 14, 2012).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown
  • Construction Law Update
    Place: Presented to The University of Texas School of Law Construction Law Conference (Sept. 13, 2012).
    Author/Speaker: S.W. "Whitney" (May) Knight, & Will Allensworth (co-authored and presented by Matthew B. Cano)
  • Top Construction Contract Issues and Pressure Points for the Players, The Subcontractor’s Perspective
    Place: Presented to The University of Texas School of Law Construction Law Conference (Sept. 13, 2012).
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham, Panelist
  • Payment and Managing the Project
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Seminars, LLC: Legal Issues for Texas Professional Engineers (Sept. 7, 2012).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown
  • Managing Risk for Differing Site Conditions
    Place: Construction News (Sept. 2012).
    Author/Speaker: S.W. "Whitney" (May) Knight
  • Procurement & Construction Contracts
    Place: Presented at the Texas Rural Water Association 2012 Attorneys Conference (Aug. 29, 2012).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth
  • Selecting and Procuring Services
    Place: Panel Presentation at the Leadership in the Capital Projects Forum (Apr. 4, 2012).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown, Panelist
  • The Witching Hour: Limitations, Repose, Tolling, and Other Horrors
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 25th Annual Construction Law Conference (2012)
    Author/Speaker: Co-authors Matthew C. Ryan & Will Allensworth. Presented by Matthew C. Ryan
  • Architectural Law Case Update 2010-2011
    Place: Presented to The American Institute of Architects Austin Summer Conference and Product Expo (Aug. 25, 2011).
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan (co-written and presented with David Lancaster)
  • Reviewing Contracts for Design Services and Construction
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Seminars, LLC: Legal Issues for Texas Landscape Architects (Aug. 19, 2011).
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • Understanding (and Avoiding) Professional Liability Claims
    Place: Presented to the Texas Society of Professional Engineers 75th Annual Meeting and Conference (June 24, 2011).
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan (co-authored and co-presented by Matthew B. Cano)
  • No Contract, No Fear . . . Quantum Meruit is Here
    Place: Construction News (June 2011).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown
  • Power And Responsibility: Avoiding & Managing Complaints at the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners
    Place: Presented to The American Institute of Architects San Antonio Professional Practice Leadership Program (May 20, 2011).
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan
  • When “Pay-if-Paid” Means “Not Going to Get Paid”
    Place: Construction News (May 2011)
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown
  • Avoiding and Managing Complaints Before the Texas Board of Professional Engineers
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Seminars, LLC: Minimizing Engineering Liability Exposure (Feb. 23, 2011).
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan
  • Understanding General Liability and Professional Liability Insurance Coverage
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Seminars, LLC: Minimizing Engineering Liability Exposure (Feb. 23, 2011).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth (co-presented with Jim Jimmerson)
  • Managing the Project
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Seminars, LLC: Minimizing Engineering Liability Exposure (Feb. 23, 2011).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown
  • Adopting Strategies for Minimizing Liability Exposure
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Seminars, LLC: Minimizing Engineering Liability Exposure (Feb. 23, 2011).
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • Construction Law Update
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 27th Annual Litigation Update Institute (Jan. 21, 2011).
    Author/Speaker: Will Allensworth (co-authored and presented by Matthew B. Cano)
  • Building Information Modeling
    Place: In Shared Design 4-1 (Michael T. Callahan ed., 2011).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown & Joe R. Basham
  • Avoiding and Managing Complaints Before the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon LLC: Legal Issues for Texas Architects and Landscape Architects (Aug. 13, 2010).
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan
  • Paving the Way: TxDOT’s Contract Claims Process
    Place: Construction News (July 2010).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown
  • Contractual Devices to Limit, Waive, and Liquidate Schedule-Related Damages
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 23rd Annual Construction Law Conference (2010).
    Author/Speaker: Co-authors William R. Allensworth and Will Allensworth. Presented by William R. Allensworth
  • Residential Builders and Remodelers Need to Get a Contract Check Up: Changes in Texas Law Require Them to Examine Their Consumer Contracts and Business Practices or Face Increased Liability
    Place: Construction News (Dec. 2009).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth
  • Bid Issues – What Every Subcontractor Needs to Know
    Place: Construction News (Dec. 2009).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown
  • Negotiating the Owner-Architect Agreement
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 22nd Annual Construction Law Conference (2009).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth
  • Construction Law Update
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 21st Annual Construction Law Conference (2008).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth (with Joe Canterbury)
  • Mechanics of Perfecting and Preserving a Lien Claim
    Place: Presentation for Lorman Education Services: Construction Lien Law in Texas (Feb. 19, 2008).
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan
  • An Introduction to Building Information Modeling
    Place: 27 Construction Law. 33 (2007).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown (co-authored with Benton T. Wheatley)
  • Claims Before the State Office of Administrative Hearing
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Seminars, LLC: Texas Construction Law for Engineers & Contractors (Oct. 18, 2007).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown
  • Construction Law Update
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 20th Annual Construction Law Conference (2007).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth (with Joe Canterbury)
  • Mechanics of Perfecting and Preserving a Lien Claim
    Place: Presentation for Lorman Education Services: Construction Lien Law in Texas (Feb. 16, 2007).
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan
  • Construction Law Update
    Place: Presented to the 28th Annual Advanced Real Estate Law Course (2006).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth
  • The Role and Use of Experts: A Reminder and Refresher of Why and When to Use Them
    Place: Presented to The University of Texas Construction Law Conference (2006).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth
  • Ethical Issues for Design Professionals, Including Avoiding and Managing Cases Before the Licensing Boards
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Seminars, LLC: Legal Issues for Texas Design Professionals (Aug. 10, 2006).
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan
  • Lien and Bond Claims for Design Professionals
    Place: Presentation for Lorman Education Services: Legal Issues for Texas Design Professionals (Aug. 10, 2006)
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • General Overview of Contract Law
    Place: Presentation for Lorman Educational Services: Change Orders in Texas (June 20, 2006).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth
  • Ethical Issues for Design Professionals, Including Avoiding and Managing Cases Before the Licensing Boards
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Seminars, LLC: Legal Issues for Texas Design Professionals (Mar. 31, 2006).
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan
  • The Trail of Tears: TXDOT Claims and Procedures
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 19th Annual Construction Law Conference (2006).
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan (co-written with Ryan M. Nord). Presented by Matthew C. Ryan
  • Construction Law Update
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 19th Annual Construction Law Conference (2006).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth & Travis W. Brown (co-authored and presented with Joe Canterbury)
  • Performance Bonds
    Place: Presentation for Lorman Education Services: Construction Lien Law in Texas (Feb. 17, 2006).
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • Defending Subrogation Claims in Design and Construction Cases
    Place: 25 Construction Law. 32 (2005).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown (co-authored with Benton T. Wheatley)
  • Contracts and Recent Supreme Court Jurisprudence
    Place: Presented to the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Inc. (2005).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth
  • Recent Developments in Residential Construction Law
    Place: Presented to The University of Texas School of Law Residential Development and Construction Law Conference (2005).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth
  • Construction Contracts: Formation and Interpretation
    Place: Presentation for Lorman Educational Services: Change Orders in Texas (June 15, 2005).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth
  • Why Use A Change Order?
    Place: Presentation for Lorman Educational Services: Change Orders in Texas (June 15, 2005).
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • Construction Law Update
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 18th Annual Construction Law Conference (2005).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth (with Joe Canterbury)
  • Nuts & Bolts of Texas Mechanics’ Liens
    Place: Presented to the Austin Bar Association—Construction Law Section (Feb. 17, 2005).
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • Perfecting Mechanics’ & Materialmen’s Liens in Texas
    Place: Presentation for Lorman Education Services: Construction Lien Law in Texas (Jan. 26, 2005).
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • Construction Contracting: An Introduction to Construction Contracts
    Place: Presented to The University of Texas School of Law Construction Law Conference (2004).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth
  • Contract Drafting: Getting it Right in the First Place
    Place: Presentation for Lorman Educational Services: Practice Management for Architects and Engineers in Texas (June 25, 2004).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth
  • Construction Law Update
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 17th Annual Construction Law Conference (2004).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth
  • Pay if Paid Clause May Not Be Enforceable
    Place: Construction News (Oct. 2003)
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • How Long Am I On the Hook? Statutes of Repose, Statutes of Limitation, and Why a One-Year Warranty May Not Be a One-Year Warranty
    Place: Presented at the South Padre Island Building Communities Conference (Sept. 25, 2003).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth & Joe R. Basham
  • Introduction to Texas Residential Construction Law (Construction Defects)
    Place: Presented to the University of Texas School of Law Residential Construction Law Conference (2003).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth & Joe R. Basham