Moye, James E


  • 1982, Georgia
  • 1989, Florida
  • 2012, Texas
  • 2017, Virginia
  • 2013, England and Wales
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth, Eleventh and D.C. Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • The Supreme Court of the United States


  • University of Florida, Juris Doctor, 1981 (Member, University of Florida Law Review, 1980-1981)
  • University of Central Florida, B.S.E., cum laude, 1978 (Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering National Honor Society); Tau Beta Pi (Engineering National Honor Society); Omicron Delta Kappa. Member, President's Leadership Council, 1980-1981)

Professional Summary:

JAMES E. MOYE established the firm of MOYE, O'BRIEN, PICKERT, DILLON & MASTERSON, LLP in 1989. In the last 34 years, it has grown into a nationally recognized construction law firm handling matters throughout the United States of America, Europe, the Caribbean basin, Central and South America, the Middle East, North Africa, and Canada. Jim's background is in engineering and he is most frequently involved in complex issues on multi-million dollar vertical and horizontal construction projects. Jim's practice involves some of the most significant construction matters currently on-going. His practice deals with the legal representation of general contractors, owners, design professionals, and other construction-related participants involving a broad array of issues including contract negotiations, contract disputes, delay, acceleration and disruption claims, design negligence, construction defects and bid protests.

Mr. Moye’s most recent work includes representation of the design-builder on claims in excess of $650M on the multi-billion light rail project in Los Angeles; representing the design-builder on claims in excess of $300M on the multi-billion light rail project in Virginia; representing an EPC contractor with claims in excess of $200M on a 1000 megawatt natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant with a value of $500M in Maryland; representing the design-builder on a 3P road and bridge project in Denver, Colorado on claims exceeding $250M; and representing the design consortium on the multi-billion dollar Third Lock project in Panama. Mr. Moye’s past legal work has involved projects as diverse as seismic retrofit work on the Golden Gate Bridge on the West Coast to the high speed rail project from New Haven to Boston on the East Coast, and from bridge demolition projects off the coast of Venezuela to heavy highway and bridge projects in the Northeast.

Jim is a member of bars of the States of Florida, Georgia, Texas, Virginia, and of England and Wales. He has achieved the highest rating for construction lawyers in the Chambers & Partners "The Client's Guide," Construction (2004 - present). Jim is a Certified Arbitrator, Florida Supreme Court. Jim co-authored the "Construction Law," USA Chapter, The European Lawyer Reference Series, 2012. Jim also co-authored a chapter regarding the competitive negotiation of government construction contracts for the third edition of Federal Government Construction Contracts, which was published in 2017 and “Certificates of Merit: Practical Guidance to Avoid Procedural Pitfalls” which was published by the American Bar Association’s Under Construction in the Winter 2020 edition.


  • Board Certified in Construction Law by The Florida Bar
  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell as well as appeared in "Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers"
  • Top Ranked Leader in Construction by Chambers and Partners, 2004-present
  • One of only 13 Individuals Ranked by Chambers and Partners Nationwide for Construction
  • One of only 14 Leading Lawyers Ranked by Legal 500 for Construction (Including Construction Litigation)
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Construction Law, Litigation - Construction
  • The Legal 500, Construction "Hall of Fame"
  • Legal Florida Elite - Construction
  • Florida Super Lawyers - Construction Law
  • Orlando's Top Lawyers - Construction Law
  • Who's Who Legal - Construction
  • Best Lawyers' 2017 Orlando Litigation - Construction "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Orlando's Top Lawyers 2021
  • Best Lawyer "Lawyer of the Year" 2022, 2024 - Construction Law in Orlando

Speaking Engagements:

  • Canadian Construction Lawyers, 12th Annual Conference (May 28-31, 2009)
  • International Road Federation Executive Seminar - Performance Based Road Maintenance Contracting, Orlando, FL (November 2009)
  • 2012 Construction Law Institute's Law Certification Review Course
  • DRBF 17th Annual Meeting & Conference - Bridging the Gap: Is there a happy medium between 'no lawyers' vs. 'all lawyers'?, Miami Beach, FL (September 20, 2013)
  • Numerous construction law topic seminars for clients
  • The Seminar Group - Construction Project Scheduling & Delay Claims (August 2014)
  • DRBF Connections Conference 2020 - Accepted, or on to Arbitration? A Look at How DB Users Evaluate the DB's Writings (Held virtually on October 28, 2020)

Professional Associations:

  • Solicitors Regulation Authority (England)
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on Construction Law

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