Owners and developers with sophisticated construction projects can appreciate that Chris Dunn has the transactional and litigation experience to handle all aspects of the project, from the creation of a custom design and construction agreements to creative and efficient dispute resolution. Chris is recognized as an industry leader, currently serving as the Chair of Division 12 (Owners and Lenders) of the American Bar Association's Forum on the Construction Industry.
Construction projects work on strict timelines with high stakes, and clients depend on Chris's robust knowledge of the industry to guide them through the nuanced planning stage and advocate on their behalf if problems arise during or after the build phase.
A host of companies in the Engineering News Record’s Top 425 Owners turn to Chris for advice and counsel, including those in the following industries:
Hospitality and Entertainment
Professional sports franchises
Publicly traded manufacturers
Mixed use and residential market
Although the industries may be different, each client receives the benefit of Chris's sharp-focused and energetic style. His enthusiasm, optimism and ingenuity lead to efficient, cost-effective, and original outcomes. In the transactional context, this means custom agreements tailored to the owner's needs; in dispute resolution, this means driving results through conscientious evaluation at the earliest stages of a conflict and ultimately at trial or in arbitration hearings.
Best Lawyers has recognized Chris for his work in the construction law field since 2007. Furthermore, Chris has been named 2013 "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in America for construction law. Additional recognition for his work includes being rated "A-V Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell, selection to the American Arbitration Association's Construction Neutrals Panel, induction as a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation, and being named to the Nashville Business Journal's "Best of the Bar."
J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, 1994
B.A., cum laude, Villanova University, 1991
Member, American Bar Association's Forum on the Construction Industry Member, Governing Committee
Past Chair, Division 12–Owners and Lenders
Member, Construction Neutrals Panel of the American Arbitration Association
Member, Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
Member, Texas Bar Association
Professional Activities and Experience
Associate, Smith & Cashion, PLC, Nashville, Tennessee, 2000-2002
Associate, Cornelius & Collins, LLP, Nashville, Tennessee, 1997-2000
Judicial Clerk to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Middle Section, 1995-1997