Denis Ducran is a partner in Peckar & Abramson’s Houston office. A board-certified construction lawyer and registered architect, Denis focuses primarily on construction industry transactions, litigation, arbitration and risk management.
“P&A offers its construction clients the best in risk assessment and dispute resolution. I will continue to work closely with contractors and other construction industry members to minimize exposure to financial and legal risk, as well as efficient resolution of disputes.”
Denis works closely with owners, architects, contractors and subcontractors to provide practical counsel regarding the avoidance and resolution of disputes on construction projects. He offers extensive industry experience in preparing and negotiating contracts, as well as litigation, arbitration and mediation of construction disputes.
Prior to joining Peckar & Abramson, Denis served as Vice President and General Counsel of an ENR 400 general contractor. During his six year tenure, the firm significantly reduced overall litigation and arbitration matters, in large part, by handling the majority of matters in-house. In addition to successfully resolving numerous disputes, Denis was also responsible for contract negotiations, contract management, legal training and corporate governance matters including formation of subsidiary entities and joint ventures.
Denis is a registered architect who practiced architecture in Houston prior to beginning his career in construction law. He is an Industry Advisory Board member at the University of Houston’s Department of Construction Management, where he also teaches Construction Law and Ethics in both Fall and Spring semesters. He is frequently called upon to speak publicly and lead presentations on a variety of construction law topics across the U.S.
Denis is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
State of Texas
Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western U. S. District Courts of Texas
Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, Registered Architect
Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Board Certified – Construction Law
Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Governing Council, June 2014 – June 2017, Member
The College of the State Bar of Texas, Member
Houston Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Member
The American Institute of Architects, Architect Member
The University of Houston, Bachelor of Architecture, cum laude
South Texas College of Law, J.D.
AGC Houston Webinar, "Delay Claims - Force Majeure or Merely a Pandemic," May 2020
Annual CLE for Board-Certified Construction Lawyers, Houston, Texas; Presenter, "Lonergan: The Demise and the Revival", December 2019
AGC Houston Project Manager Development Program (PMDP) Module: Risk Management, Houston, Texas; Speaker, November 2019
HalfMoon Education Construction Law Seminar, Houston, Texas; Presenter, "Making Changes and Resolving Disputes During the Construction Process”, June 2019
Future of the Construction Industry, Houston, Texas; Moderator, "86th Texas Legislative Session Update", June 2019
AGC Houston Jobsite Innovation Forum, Panelist, "Data Collection – A Work in Progress", March 2019
The 2017 Annual Conference on ADR, Houston, Texas; Panelist, “Arbitration User’s Panel – A View from the Inside”, May 2017
30th Annual Construction Law Conference; San Antonio, Texas; Moderator, “More Insights from In-House”, March 2017
Houston Bar Association Construction Law Section; Houston Texas; Panelist, “Construction Contract 3 Ways - The Owner, General Contractor and Subcontractor Perspectives”, January 2017
The Basic Course in Texas Construction Law; Houston, Texas; Presenter, “Public Procurement in Texas”, December 2016
29th Annual Construction Law Conference; San Antonio, Texas; Moderator, “In House Perspectives: What keeps us awake at night”, March 2016
American Bar Association, TIPS Section Conference; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Panelist, “Bridging the Settlement Gap Between Insurers and Insureds”, May 2015
28th Annual Construction Law Conference; San Antonio, Texas; Co-Presenter, “Architect, Contractor and Program Manager: Three’s a Crowd?”, March 2015
ALFA International Conference, Asheville, North Carolina; Panelist, “Project Claims, Defaults and Damages: Making Lemonade out of Lemons”, July 2014
“How to Grow Responsibly” American Builders Quarterly, July 2014
“Criminal Contempt Charges Against Immigration Counseling Service Underline a Big Problem in Texas” Texas Lawyer, September 2010
Co-Author “AIA Contract Documents: Reloaded” Build Houston Magazine, December 2007