Practice Expertise

  • Construction
  • Government Contracts
  • Energy

Areas of Practice

  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Government Contracts
  • International and Cross Border
  • International Construction Contract ...
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We mourn the passing of our partner and friend, Luke Martin, who passed away on October 4, 2021 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Read more about Luke's legacy and impact and his obituary.

Luke Martin helps his construction industry clients identify, plan for, and mitigate the risks faced on their construction projects. Luke understands thatevery construction project is unique, that each project is situated on its own site, with its own design, built under varying economic conditions and, mostimportantly, with its own set of stakeholders. He understands the considerable risks associated with each project, whether it be risks of delay, ofdiffering site conditions, of manpower shortages, or the simple risks of personality conflicts among the project participants.

Luke helps his clients navigate these risks from before the contract is signed all the way through contract closeout and dispute resolution. He advisesclients regarding contract negotiation, including the creation and revision of contract (and subcontract) documents before contract execution. His disputeresolution experience serves him well in this process, providing him insight into the risks that must be accounted for in each contract. After contractsigning, Luke advises clients regarding general project administration, including change order negotiations, claim preparation and defense, and thedrafting of project correspondence . If a dispute arises and the parties are unable to resolve their issues, Luke then represents his clients in thevarious dispute resolution arenas, including mediation, arbitration, and litigation.

Luke has advised clients with regard to projects of every shape and size, from large mega projects with contract values in the hundreds of millions ofdollars to small projects and everything in between. This includes involvement in construction projects for the federal government and its agencies, forstate and local governments, and for those in the private sector, including in the energy, oil and gas, and healthcare industries. Among other things, Lukehas advised clients designing or building commercial office buildings, retail centers, condominiums, schools, wastewater treatment centers, power plants,manufacturing facilities, liquefied petroleum gas pipelines, hospitals, and roads. These projects have been located across the country and around theglobe, with Luke having advised clients with regard to projects located in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois,Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee,Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C, as well as international projects located in China, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, North Africa, Taiwan, andthe United Kingdom.

Luke’s dispute resolution experience includes arbitrations under the rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Chamber ofCommerce (ICC), and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). Luke has also represented clients in state and federal court and before variousgovernmental boards, including the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals and the Alabama Building Commission.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 2006

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


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2006
  • Indiana University, B.S., 2003, with high honors

Areas of Practice

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



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