Bentford E. Martin - Hamilton Stephens Steele + Martin, PLLC

Bentford E. Martin

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 704-227-1055

Mr. Martin has been a civil litigation attorney for over 30 years, having handled numerous cases in federal and state courts, as well as before administrative bodies and arbitrators, and appeals to the North Carolina Court of Appeals, North Carolina Supreme Court, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court.

For more than a decade, Mr. Martin has focused his practice on the areas of construction law and litigation, representing owners, developers, general contractors, trade contractors and subcontractors, as well as sureties, municipalities, designers and owners’ associations.  He has prepared contracts and handled claims concerning a wide variety of projects including hospitals, schools, condominium and apartment projects, hotels, manufacturing facilities, shopping centers, subdivisions and highways.  Mr. Martin also has extensive litigation experience with real estate disputes and the areas of products liability, insurance claims and other areas of commercial litigation.

Mr. Martin has been selected annually for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite,” North Carolina “Super Lawyers” and Best Lawyers in America, in the fields of construction law and litigation, since 2005-2006.  He currently serves on the Council of the Construction Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Practice Areas

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Law, JD with honors, North Carolina Law Review
  • Wake Forest University, BA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Advises and represents contractors, owners, sureties and subcontractors regarding contracts, claims and dispute resolution.
  • Representation of owners and contractors in litigation and arbitrations involving multi-family, subdivision, hotel and other commercial construction projects.
  • Representation of municipalities and contractors in claims involving public infrastructure projects, including water, sewer, treatment plants, roads and mass transit.
  • Representation of contractors and sureties in claims involving public schools and universities.
  • Representation of trade contractors in litigating multi-million dollar claims involving hospitals and other public projects.
  • Representation of contractors and designers in claims to N.C. State Construction Office.
  • Litigates a variety of commercial disputes including construction, manufacturing, banking, insurance, real estate, sales and noncompetition agreements.
  • Extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, commercial and construction arbitration.
  • Reported cases include Gaston Grading v. Young, 116 N.C. App. 719, 449 S.E.2d 475 (1994) (lien law); Fieldcrest Cannon , Inc. v. Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co., 124 N.C. App. 232, 477 S.E.2d 59; 127 N.C. App. 729, 493 S.E.2d. 658; 348 N.C. 497, 510 S.E.2d 383(1998); (Insurance Coverage); and Smith v. Selco Products, Inc., 96 N.C. App. 151, 385 S.E.2d 173 (1989)(products liability).
  • Frequent lecturer on and author of construction-related topics, including constructive change clams, public contracting and dispute resolution.
  • Co-author of Fundamentals of Construction Law and “Last Acts or Omissions that Trigger the Statute of Repose,” N.C. Bar Association Construction Law Section Newsletter (June 2003)
Honors + Activities
  • Martindale - Hubble® AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Named to Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” Construction Lawyers, North Carolina “Super Lawyers” and “Best Lawyers in America”
  • Selected as a "Legal Elite" in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" publication


Office Location

201 South College Street, Suite 2020
Charlotte, NC 28244
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Construction of the Charlotte Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Construction Law of the Charlotte Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Construction Law of the Charlotte Metro Area
Bentford E. Martin has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Bentford E. Martin has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Bentford E. Martin has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Construction Law
Litigation - Construction