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Christopher Solop leads the firm’s Construction Litigation and Government Contracts sections. Chris has extensive experience representing clients in all areas of construction and government contracts, including pre- and post award protests, equitable adjustment and claim preparation, and litigation. Chris’s practice also includes arbitration and mediation of complex construction claims. Chris's experience in construction law and litigation spans more than thirty (30) years. Representing both public and private clients in the industry, Chris has been an advocate for their interests from contract bidding and negotiation through resolution of claims. He has pursued successful bid protests before federal, state, and local authorities. His construction claim and litigation experience includes both "above" and "below ground" construction of commercial and residential projects: gas line installation/construction and horizontal directional drilling; levee construction and rehabilitation; dock construction; dredging; military family housing construction; highway and infrastructure construction. Claims issues have involved defective plans and specifications; insurance coverage and defense; scheduling, acceleration, and delays; constructive changes; variations in estimated quantities; site access and differing site conditions; terminations for default and convenience; and productivity and loss of efficiency claims. Chris has also litigated numerous payment and performance bond claims associated with contract disputes. His experience includes negotiating tender and takeover agreements with sureties where the contractor has defaulted on its performance obligations and defending against surety claims under the general indemnity agreement. He has also represented clients in timber trespass claims, and his prior experience with the U.S Forestry Service uniquely positions him to understand all aspects of the timber industry.

Chris’s public procurement experience extends to services contracts with federal, state, and local governments, including: contracts for military food service, Randolph Sheppard Act vendor litigation and arbitration, and military family housing maintenance. Chris represents owners, prime contractors, and subcontractors. He has arbitrated, mediated, and tried numerous construction and commercial disputes. He is also General Counsel for the Associated General Contractors of Mississippi. Chris's experience also includes representing large and small construction and service contractors on all aspects of federal and state acquisition issues, including: award protests; small-business size protests; Section 8(a) issues; U.S. Small Business Administration HUBZone, Mentor-Protégé, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small business procurement program and other programs; disputes, claims, and appeals. He has prepared numerous joint venture and teaming agreements that have been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration to the advantage of large and small companies under various small-business assistance programs. Chris is an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and a certified mediator and arbitrator on the Mississippi State Bar's List

Location

  • Capitol Building, Suite 101
    111 East Capitol Street
    P.O. Box 14028
    Jackson, MS 39236-4028

Education

  • University of Mississippi , J.D., graduated 1987
  • Arizona State University, BS, graduated 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, The Mississippi Bar
  • Tennessee, Tennessee Bar Association

Affiliations

  • Mississippi Supreme Court - Certified Mediator
  • American Arbitration Association - Arbitrator, Construction Panel
  • American Bar Association - Member, Public Contract Law Section
  • Capital Area Bar Association - Member
  • Mississippi Chapter of Associated General Contractors - General Counsel
  • Mississippi Construction Education Foundation - Former Member of the Board of Directors
  • The Mississippi Bar - Member

Court Admissions

  • Mississippi State and Federal Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Tennessee State and Middle District Courts
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Court of Appeals for Federal Court

Federal Clerkships

  • United States Court of Appeals
  • United States Court of Federal Claims

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Construction Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Construction Law, Jackson, MS (2022)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Construction Law
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Government Contracts

Awards:

  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA)
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys, Construction Litigation
  • Mississippi Business Journal - Leadership in Law (2013)
  • Recognized in Mid-South Super Lawyers (by Thomson Reuters) in the area of Construction Litigation.

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