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David W. Owen

David W. Owen

Partner

Expertise

  • Construction
  • Government Contracts
  • Energy

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Profile

David Owen has 30 years of experience in the construction and engineering industries. He serves as the practice group leader for Bradley’s Construction Practice Group.

David is a registered professional engineer and practices in the construction, energy and government contracts areas. He is a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers.  He is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® for construction law and was named “Lawyer of the Year” for Construction in Birmingham (2013). He is proud of Bradley’s recognition as the nation’s “Law Firm of the Year” for Construction Law in the 2018, 2020 and 2022 editions of Best Lawyers/U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms. David also is a BTI Client Service All-Star, which is recognition from corporate counsel for his “superior client service combining exceptional legal expertise with practical advice, business savvy, and innovative, effective solutions.”

As part of his national and international practice, David advises clients on multibillion-dollar mega-projects where disputes exceed several hundred million dollars. David represents owners, contractors, subcontractors, construction managers and designers in private and government contract matters. He has significant experience with petrochemical, automobile manufacturing facilities, EPC projects, solar facilities, wind projects, biomass projects, fossil-fueled generation facilities, complex tunneling projects, activated carbon plants, steel fabrication, hydroelectric generation, mass transit, rare earth metals mining, deep foundations, slope stability, retaining walls, dams, water treatment, bridges, infrastructure and concrete structures.

David drafts and negotiates contracts for various construction and design participants and routinely assists clients with contract management strategies to resolve problems early and avoid costly disputes. When disputes are unavoidable, David arbitrates and litigates cases in state and federal courts across the country, as well as in international forums. A few recent representative matters are:

  • Obtained a full defense award against $185 million in design claims and was awarded costs and fees in a AAA arbitration involving a $2 billion petrochemical manufacturing facility in Texas
  • Negotiated and drafted EPC contract documents for project financed $2.5 billion energy generation complex in South America
  • Obtained a full multimillion-dollar recovery for the general contractor in a AAA arbitration for differing site conditions claims on a multi-story development on the Anacostia river in Washington, D.C.
  • Obtained a $110 million summary judgment in state court for a combined cycle power generation facility
  • Litigated $60 million claim relating to a geotechnical failure at an automobile manufacturing facility in Alabama that settled within the client’s insurance deductible
  • Assisted with representation of EPC contractor against $500 million in claims arising out of a water treatment facility that allowed favorable closeout and settlement

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 2000

Court Admissions
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama

Education

  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2000, cum laude
  • University of Alabama School of Engineering, B.S., Civil Engineering, 1991, cum laude
Areas of Practice

Construction | Energy | Government Contracts | Litigation | Solar Energy

Blogs

BuildSmart
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

Significant issues can arise during the three phases of the design and construction process. Effective planning, performance and completion are critical to the success of any construction project. So is informed counsel that addresses a variety of business issues, including mergers and...

Declassified
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

The Declassified blog offers commentary and insights on the latest class action suits, significant class action opinions, relevant changes to laws and rules, and important class action trends. Declassified covers topics ranging from significant Supreme Court and appellate court decisions regarding...

It Pays to Be Covered
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

Bradley's It Pays to Be Covered Blog discusses insurance law developments and industry trends in property and casualty insurance, including the growing cyber insurance market, coverage for drones, and blockchain exposures. We also address practical risk management strategies of interest to risk...

Patent 213
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

Patent law, like most things in life, is subject to change. Changes to patent laws not only impact investment in your existing IP, but directly shape strategies to protect your freedom to operate. The Patent 213 blog provides up-to-date, insightful analysis of the evolution in the written...

The Law of Order
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

Bradley’s The Law of Order blog serves as a general parliamentary procedure resource, providing information about creation and revision of governing documents (constitutions, bylaws, or rules), application of Robert’s Rules of Order and other procedural authorities in a variety of contexts (such as...

Underwritten
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

Underwritten covers topics related to life, health, disability and long-term care insurance. Our team of experienced attorneys and authors offers insight on the issues insurers face as they seek to serve their policyholders and to mitigate risk. The blog covers significant court decisions,...

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