William H. Hughes , Jr. - Alston & Bird LLP

William H. Hughes , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005

Bill Hughes is recognized for his “birth-to-earth” construction law practice that includes negotiating design and construction agreements before construction begins, counseling project participants as construction proceeds and resolving disputes when construction is complete. He has negotiated agreements for more than $17 billion in construction work and has litigated or arbitrated more than $2 billion in construction claims. 

Mr. Hughes works with companies in the energy sector on agreements for large-scale coal, gas, solar, nuclear and hydroelectric power projects around the world. He also helps some of America’s largest and most sophisticated owners and contractors build industrial, office, multiuse, sports, health care and hospitality projects using conventional design/bid/build construction management, design/build and PPPs. 

Mr. Hughes has worked on projects throughout North America, South America, the Caribbean and Asia, and is co-chair of Alston & Bird’s China Practice Team. He recently helped an EPC contractor negotiate an agreement to build the world’s largest brewery in Mexico. He is a perennial member of every major published list of America’s leading construction attorneys, including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2003–2015), The Best Lawyers in America (2000–2016) and Super Lawyers (1999–2015).

The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillBA 1980University of VirginiaJ.D. 1983

Case History

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  • Represented a U.S.-based independent power producer in the negotiation of a $1.6 billion engineer/procure/construct (EPC) and related contracts for AQCS facilities at three coal-fired electric power plants in Maryland.
  • Represented a U.S. energy company in the negotiation of an EPC contract for an $8 billion nuclear power project in the United States.
  • Represented a London-based owner in the negotiation of multiple EPC and other contracts for a $400 million tunneling and hydro-electric power project in the Peruvian Andes.
  • Represented a U.S. based contractor in negotiating the EPC agreement for a utility-scale solar power project in Arizona.
  • Represented Georgia and Texas-based electric power producers in the negotiation of engineer/procure/construct (EPC) contracts for four separate gas-fired power generation facilities.
  • Represented an Austrian company in the negotiation of design/build/own/operate/transfer (DBOOT) contracts and related agreements for privatized waste water treatment facilities in California, Florida, Hawaii and Illinois.
  • Represented a China-based power company in the development of integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plants in Guangdong Province, including license and service agreements with Western providers.
  • Represented a U.S. hospitality company in negotiation of an at-risk construction management agreement for a $440 million resort and multi-use project in Florida.
  • Represented a U.S. energy company in the construction of a coal-to-bio mass conversion project in New York.
Disputes
  • Represented a U.S. energy company in multi-jurisdictional litigation involving $918 million in alleged cost overruns and delay damages on a nuclear power project in the United States.
  • Represented an energy company in multijurisdictional litigation involving a $130 million claim for defects, cost overruns and delays on an electric power project in the United States.
  • Represented an energy company in multijurisdictional litigation concerning $60 million in alleged delays and cost overruns on civil work for a nuclear power project in the United States.
  • Represented a U.S. energy company in multijurisdictional litigation involving $40 million in delay and defect claims on a combined-cycle electric power plant project in Massachusetts.
  • Represented a contractor in a $60 million claim arising from a commercial construction project in Mississippi.
  • Represented an international hospitality company in project management issues and close-out disputes related to a $440 million hotel/residential/retail project in Florida.
  • Represented a leading U.S. research university in seven-party multijurisdictional litigation involving $20 million in design and construction defects and related claims.
  • Represented an international insurance company in multiparty litigation involving $10 million in water intrusion defects in a high-rise office building in Minnesota.
  • Represented a Texas-based electric power producer in an $80 million dispute arising out of a peak power generation facility.

Office Location

One Atlantic Center, Suite 4900
1201 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309-3424
United States


Practice Areas

Construction Law
Litigation - Construction