Bill Dorris is the firm’s former Chair. Mr. Dorris has represented a variety of players in the construction industry on many major projects throughout the country. His clients have included a city expanding its airport, a public owner building a new convention center, a design builder of federal penitentiaries, a construction manager on a sophisticated research laboratory, a developer/operator of composting plants for large municipalities, a large mechanical contractor on a flue gas de-sulfurization project, and contractors on hospital projects throughout the United States.

Though much of his practice is now focused on assisting clients in avoiding construction disputes or resolving them through mediation or other alternative dispute resolution methods, Mr. Dorris has been extensively involved in trials, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings. Most recently, he has been co-counsel for a class of 500,000 Native Americans against the federal government regarding management of their trust lands and assets for which a settlement agreement of $3.4 billion has been reached.

Mr. Dorris was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Construction Law in 2018 and the 11 years immediately preceding. He is listed in the 2017 and the seven years immediately preceding editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Construction Law and he is listed in the 2017 and the six years immediately preceding editions as #1 in the area of Construction Law. Mr. Dorris was recognized in the prestigious 2009 Legal 500 US in the area of Construction Law, in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014, and in The International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers for 2010. He was also named a Georgia "Super Lawyer" in the area of Construction Litigation in 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and in Construction/Surety in 2013 and the four years immediately preceding by Super Lawyers magazine. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Member

Kentucky Bar Association, Member

State Bar of Georgia, Member

Kentucky Law Journal, Past Member


  • University of Kentucky, J.D. (1979)

    high distinction

  • University of Kentucky, B.A. (1976)
    high distinction

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (1979)
  • Kentucky (1979)

Who We Are

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Experience Highlights

Litigation claims filed by trade contractors
Defended more than $45 million asserted by six trade contractors against Hardin/Russell/Mitchell in a year-long arbitration arising out of the $100 more
Strategic acquisition by international construction company
Represented Kajima International Inc. concerning the potential risks associated with the acquisition of another major U.S. general contractor on its more
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Expansion for the City of Atlanta
Represented the City of Atlanta by providing its Law Department with on-going legal counsel for its planned $6 billion, 10-12 year facility expansion more
Design/build agreements for correctional facilities
Drafted and negotiated design/build agreements on behalf of P.J. Dick Incorporated for the construction of three campus-style correctional facilities more