John P. Gallagher



Kennesaw, GA






I am a results-oriented lawyer with broad experience in varied complex litigation with significant emphasis on representation of a range of clients across the construction industry in disputes proceedings and transactions. Efforts on behalf of clients have ranged from the drafting of all types of construction agreements, including design-build, EPC, and construction management agreements all the way through dispute resolution and litigation of contractor termination. I have experience with a wide variety of construction projects including hospitals, schools, hotels and resort facilities, high rise residential, prisons, office buildings, government buildings and power generation and heavy industrial plants.

As sole or lead trial counsel I have successfully tried both jury and bench cases before state and federal courts throughout the United States as well as cases before various Boards of Contract Appeals. I have arbitrated and mediated numerous disputes, as both trial counsel and also as a party appointed arbitrator and as sole and panel arbitrator. Additionally I have served by appointment as Special Assistant Attorney General in Georgia representing State Agencies and Authorities in construction, procurement and bidding disputes on major technology and infrastructure projects valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Areas Of Practice

  • Commercial and High End Residential Construction
  • General Business Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1984
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1984
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Dartmouth College
    • A.B. - 1981
    • Honors: With Distinction

Published Works

  • Material Price Escalation: Allocating the Risks, Construction Briefings, December, 2006
  • Standard Contract Terms and Effective Project Documentation, Construction Law Conference, CLE International, Atlanta, Georgia, 1996

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Atlanta Bar Association, Construction Law Section, 1984 - Present, Member of Board of Directors, 2008-2012
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, 1985 to Present
  • American Bar Association, Member of Litigation Section
  • American Arbitration Association, Commercial and Construction Panel Member, 1993 – 2005, 2011 to Present
  • Associated General Contractors, Firm Member, 2000 to 2009
  • Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia, Firm Member, 2000 to 2009
  • Lawyer's Club of Atlanta
  • Elections Committee of the State Bar of Georgia, Member, 1997 to 1998
  • Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission Construction Documents Drafting Steering Committee, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Troutman Sanders, Partner, 2005 to 2009
  • Stites & Harbison, Member, 1999 to 2005
  • Varner, Stephens, Humphries & White, LLP, Associate and Partner, 1984 to 1999

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