jdarr@moopd.com

Professional Summary

Joe's practice is focused on construction and commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. His experience includes representing contractors and sureties in construction and commercial disputes on large public infrastructure projects. His background also extends to other construction-related matters, including False Claims Act actions, bid protests, and employment law matters, such as wage/overtime actions and retaliation claims. Additionally, he has had involvement in the contract drafting and negotiation process for several public-private partnership projects, including, most recently, the Airport City project at Miami International Airport.
Specific examples of Joe's previous involvement with construction-related disputes and legal issues include, among others, the following:

  • Served as a key member of a team that obtained a favorable settlement for a subcontractor in a multimillion-dollar dispute with a precast concrete supplier on a high-speed rail project
  • Successfully defended multiple construction contractors in employment-retaliation actions
  • Assisted with a U.S. Government Accountability Office bid protest filed on behalf of a general contractor on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers infrastructure project
  • Advised a construction manager attempting to obtain final payment on a private project in the Bahamas
  • Counseled a general contractor regarding the enforceability of a foreign arbitral award against a foreign sovereign's assets in the United States
  • Generally advised contractor clients regarding the public-private partnership procurement process in Florida, including the use of unsolicited proposals
  • Participated as a member of a team that defended a construction manager and its sureties in a $60 million dispute with a trade contractor on an $840 million airport construction project, which resulted in a favorable settlement for the clients

Admitted

  • 2006, Florida
  • 2012, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • 2012, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • 2012, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • 2013, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Education

  • University of Florida, J.D., 2006 (Member: Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court Board)
  • Iowa State University, B.A., 2003

Professional Associations and Recognitions

  • Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar
  • The Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association (Member: Forum on Construction Law and the Section of Public Contract Law)
  • Orange County Bar Association

Publications

  • "Avoiding Post-Award Agreement Violations," Construction Executive, Associated Builders and Contractors Service Corp., September 2013
  • "Construction Law," USA Chapter, The European Lawyer Reference Series, 2012
  • "Contractors Beware: Post-Award Sales Tax Increases May Reduce the Profitability of a Project," Construction Executive, Associated Builders and Contractors Service Corp., July 2011
  • "CurrentTrends in Public-Private Partnership Laws," The Construction Lawyer, Vol. 28, No. 3, Summer 2008
  • "Avoiding the Costs of Defending Absurd Lawsuits," Southeast Construction, McGraw-Hill Construction, May 2007

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