Highlights

Practice Areas

Education

  • University of Florida, B.S. with highest honors
  • Emory University Goizueta School of Business, M.B.A.
  • Emory University School of Law, J.D.

Admissions

  • State of Georgia
  • State of Florida

Professional Associations

  • Construction Association of South Florida
  • American Bar Association (Construction Industry Forum)
  • Associated General Contractors of America

Awards and Recognitions

  • Legal Lean Sigma Institute, certified Yellow Belt in Legal Lean Sigma and Project Management
  • Florida Bar Board Certified Construction Law Specialist
  • Florida Super Lawyers

Publications & Presentations

  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution,” chapter in the American Bar Association’s Construction Industry Forum Construction Defects Book, 2012.
  • “The Duty to Preserve Documents in Florida,” Construction Ink!, 2012.
  • “Lean Construction—A New Way to Manage Projects,” Construction Ink!, 2012.
  • “Document Retention Policies: How to Properly Manage Voluminous Data,” Construction Ink!, 2012.
  • “Beware of False Claims Act Liability,” Construction Ink!, 2011.
  • "The Benefit of Independent Compliance Audits for Contractors Performing Services on Public Works Projects," Construction Ink!.
  • "Hedging and Controlling Risk In A High-Risk Environment - A Contractor's Perspective," Construction Ink!.
  • "Florida Supreme Court Limits the Application of the Economic Loss Rule," P&A Newsletter, Spring 2013

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Adam P. Handfinger

Partner

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Miami
One Southeast Third Avenue
Suite 3100
Miami, FL 33131
Tel 305.358.2600
Fax 305.375.0328

Adam Handfinger is Co-Managing Partner of the firm's Miami office. He is certified by the Florida Bar as a Construction Law Specialist and focuses his practice on construction law and commercial litigation matters, representing construction professionals in issues relating to construction defects, contract negotiation, project management, payment, bond claims, and the project closeout process, as well as the litigation of disputes. Mr. Handfinger’s experience includes settlement negotiations at all stages of construction projects, and he has worked to resolve disputes with vendors and suppliers, subcontractors, payment and performance bond sureties, liability insurers, lenders and owners. Mr. Handfinger often advises clients before, during and after construction to minimize the risk of claims for construction defects and has extensive experience managing, defending and shifting the risk of unavoidable construction defect claims.

A significant portion of Mr. Handfinger’s practice includes on-site counsel and advice to clients during construction projects. Mr. Handfinger assists in solving problems when they arise in order to immediately resolve them, reduce their impact to the project and avoid litigation. Mr. Handfinger regularly meets with project management staff to address issues in real time, which has proven to be an extremely effective way to resolve disputes that could otherwise be the subject of protracted and expensive litigation.

Mr. Handfinger has authored several articles on construction law and is a frequent lecturer at seminars on construction-related topics.


Publications: (complete listing)

“Alternative Dispute Resolution,” chapter in the American Bar Association’s Construction Industry Forum Construction Defects Book, 2012.

“The Duty to Preserve Documents in Florida,” Construction Ink!, 2012.

“Lean Construction—A New Way to Manage Projects,” Construction Ink!, 2012.

“Document Retention Policies: How to Properly Manage Voluminous Data,” Construction Ink!, 2012.

“Beware of False Claims Act Liability,” Construction Ink!, 2011.

“Permits and Licenses: Two Important Aspects of Contracting,” Construction Ink!, 2011.

“Public-Private Partnerships: Unique Opportunities and Risks,” Construction Ink!, 2011.

“Florida Beware: Amendment 4 and Its Negative Economic Impact,” Constructor, 2010.

“The Legal and Contractual Implications of Building Information Modeling (BIM),” Construction Ink!, 2010.

“CLAIMS: Minimizing Risk and Increasing the Chances of Success,” Construction Ink!, 2010.

“Recent Florida Law Impacting Payment and Performance Bonds,” Construction, Ink!, 2010.

“Understanding and Managing Claims for Construction Defects,” Construction Ink!; 2010.

“What You Need to Know to Prepare Winning Proposals on Federal Contracts”, Construction Ink!, 2010.

“Getting Paid: What You Can Include In Your Lien,” Southeast Construction, 2010.

“Minimizing the Risk and Impact of an Owner Default”, Southeast Construction, 2010.

“Managing Construction Risk: A Focus On Commercial General Liability Insurance,” Construction Ink!, 2009.

“The Legal and Contractual Implications of Building Information Modeling (BIM),” Construction Ink!, 2009.

“Critical Changes in the 2007 AIA General Conditions and Standard Forms of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor,” Southeast Construction, 2009.

“President Barack Obama’s Executive Orders May Result in the Requirement for Collective Bargaining Agreements on Federal Construction Projects,” Southeast Construction, 2009.

“Protecting Yourself in These Uncertain Economic Times,” Construction Ink!, 2009.

“The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: What Contractors Need to Know,” Southeast Construction, 2009.

“Dealing with Fluctuating Construction Costs,” Southeast Construction, 2009.

“Minimizing the Risk and Impact of an Owner Default,” Southeast Construction, 2008.

“Technical Mediations: Creating a Technical-Friendly Forum to Resolve Complex Issues,” Daily Business Review, 2008.

“Minimizing the Impact of a Subcontractor Default,” Southeast Construction, 2008.

“Crane Operations: Legal Compliance and Risk Management,” Daily Business Review, 2008.

“Concern Over Crane Operation, Safety, and Inspections—Sparks New Statewide and Local Legislative Efforts,” Southeast Construction, 2008.

“Understanding Contractual Pricing Arrangements—Fixed Price, Cost-Plus, and Guaranteed Maximum Price,” Construction Ink!, 2007.

“Managing the Litigation Contingency,” Construction Ink!, 2007.

“Disclosure of Electronic Information. Are You Prepared?,” Southeast Construction, 2006.

“The Impact of Illegal Immigration,” Construction Ink!, 2006.

“Risk of Loss: From Hurricanes to Terrorism. Are You Protected?,” Construction Ink!, 2006.

“Recent Changes to Florida’s Construction Defect Statue Expands Impact to Almost All Construction Projects,” Southeast Construction, 2006.

“Immigration Inspections: Allocating the Risks of Sudden and Abnormal Fluctuations In the Labor Force,” Southeast Construction, 2006.

“Avoiding Accidents Waiting to Happen: A General Contractor’s Perspective,” Construction Ink!, 2006.

“Rights and Responsibilities Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970,” Southeast Construction, 2006.

“Construction Defect Claims in Florida,” Construction Ink!, 2006.

“Condominium Construction Defect Claims: Are You Prepared?,” Southeast Construction, 2006.

“Tropical Storms and Hurricanes: Are You Prepared?,” Southeast Construction, December 2005.

“Subcontractor Default Insurance Policies—An Alternative to Performance Bonds?,” Southeast Construction, 2005.

“Contractor & Surety: Till Death Do Us Part,” Southeast Construction, 2005.

“Hurricane Damage: An Ever-Increasing Risk,” Southeast Construction, 2005.

“Potential Increased Liability for Performance Bond Sureties,” Southeast Construction, 2005.

“The Litigation Contingency,” Southeast Construction, 2004.

“Changes to Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Law: A Major Impact to Florida’s Construction Industry,” Southeast Construction, 2004.

“Terrorism: Who Bears the Risk?,” Southeast Construction, 2004.

“Severe Repercussions for Unlicensed Contractors,” Southeast Construction, 2004.

“Florida Supreme Court Increases Liability of Payment/Performance Bond Sureties with Serious Implications for Bond Principles,” Southeast Construction, 2004.

“Avoid an Unexpected Lawsuit for Violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act,” Southeast Construction, 2004.

“WARNING—Changes in Florida’s Lien Law May Impact Your Rights,” Southeast Construction, 2004.

“Shortcomings and Problems with Florida’s New Construction Defect Legislation,” Southeast Construction, 2003.

“At Long Last … Possible Relief from Construction Defect Claims,” Southeast Construction, 2003.

“The Arbitration Provision: A Trap for the Unwary,” Southeast Construction, 2003.

“Beware of Potential Liability for Defective Fire Sprinklers,” Southeast Construction, 2003.

“A New Trend in Residential Construction Defect Litigation,” Southeast Construction, 2003.

“Statute of Limitations for Latent Construction Defects,” Southeast Construction, 2003.