Practice Expertise

  • Construction
  • Government Contracts
  • International and Cross Border

Areas of Practice

  • Construction
  • Government Contracts
  • International and Cross Border
  • International Construction Contract ...


Jim Archibald has been a construction lawyer at Bradley for over 30 years, serving as the practice group leader of the firm’s Construction Practice Group from 2009 to 2014, when he was elected to serve on the firm’s Managing Board, where he served from 2014 to 2021.

Jim has been a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers since 2016. He is currently serving a three-year term on the Board of Governors for the ACCL. He is also a Fellow with the Construction Lawyers Society of America, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Jim has tried or arbitrated over 30 construction cases to final verdict or award, including cases involving delay and acceleration claims, differing site conditions, changes, extra work, disputed terminations, over-inspections, defective work, liquidated damages, consequential damages, performance test disputes, and joint venture disputes. Recent cases include:

  • Represented the design-build contractor asserting claims against its engineer in federal court in Florida, arising out of a major bridge and expressway extension project in Tampa
  • Represented the general contractor in a four-week arbitration alleging wrongful termination from a major hospital project in North Dakota
  • Represented the general contractor in a two-week arbitration alleging defective construction of a luxury beach condominium project in Orange Beach, Alabama
  • Represented the joint venture that designed and constructed a diversion dam and water treatment facility on the Rio Grande River in a substantial lawsuit by the project owner filed in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Represented the general contractor in claims against U.S. Department of State, Overseas Building Operations, arising out of the fit-out of the new NATO headquarters in Brussels

Jim was a founding member of the Construction Law Section of the Alabama State Bar, serving as the chair of that section in 2014-2015. He taught Construction Law with Bradley partner Wally Sears as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama School of Law from 2002 to 2014.

In addition to representing clients in mediations and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings, Jim serves as a mediator, assisting lawyers and their clients in achieving successful resolutions in construction disputes.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1993

Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1993, Order of the Coif; Law Review
  • Emory University, B.A., 1990, summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa, 1989

Areas of Practice

  • Construction
  • Government Contracts
  • International and Cross Border
  • International Construction Contract Negotiation, Administration, Dispute Avoidance, and Resolution



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