Lee Mann focuses his practice almost exclusively on construction and government contracting law, including mechanic’s liens and bond claims. He has mediated, arbitrated, and litigated a wide variety of construction disputes for owners, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers on public and private projects throughout the United States and internationally, including gas pipelines, hydroelectric facilities, road and bridge projects, pulp and paper projects, large dams, drinking water and wastewater treatment plants, hospitals, manufacturing facilities, commercial projects, condominiums, schools, casinos, military installations, and convention centers.

For instance, Lee has represented:

  • An EPC contractor in the prosecution of claims in an ICC arbitration arising from a $2 billion pulp project in South America;
  • The contractor in the successful defense of lawsuits and the prosecution of counterclaims against the owners of large gas pipeline project in Louisiana, Texas, Illinois, and Indiana;
  • The contractor in recovering $40 million from the Corps of Engineers on the Seven Oaks Dam project in Southern California;
  • The construction manager in successfully defending more than $50 million in claims from contractors on the Phase IV Expansion of the Georgia World Congress Center;
  • The owner in defeating more than $40 million in claims on the $3.5 billion Boston Harbor Project;
  • The contractor in the successful defense of five lawsuits seeking more than $40 million in damages arising from hospital projects in Florida, Georgia, and Texas;
  • A hydroelectric supplier in litigation in the successful defense of lawsuits and arbitrations in California, Arkansas, and Connecticut;
  • Highway contractors in litigation against the Georgia Department of Transportation and Caltrans; and
  • A heavy civil contractor in the defense of $200 million in claims brought by a qui tam plaintiff under the False Claims Act.  

Lee is especially familiar with mechanic's lien law and bond law, having prosecuted or defended more than 100 mechanic's lien and payment bond claims. He is also very familiar with the False Claims Act and was a member of the defense team that obtained summary judgment for the contractor on more than $200 million in claims brought by a qui tam plaintiff.

Lee was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Construction Law in 2017 and the four years immediately preceding. He is listed in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Construction. Lee was recognized as a 2015 “Legal Elite” in the area of Real Estate & Construction Law by Georgia Trend magazine. He was also recognized in the 2010, 2012 and 2016 Legal 500 US and is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

Lee enjoys the outdoors. Like his father and brother, Lee is an Eagle Scout. He is the Scoutmaster for sixty Boy Scouts in Troop 298 and is the Pack Committee Chairman and past Cubmaster for almost two hundred Cub Scouts in Pack 298.

*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

Georgia Law Review, Managing Editor

Boy Scout Troop 298, Scoutmaster

Cub Scout Pack 298, Pack Committee Chairman and Past Cubmaster

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. (1995)
    magna cum laude, Managing Editor of Georgia Law Review, Order of the Coif, Woodruff Scholar
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Industrial Engineering (1985)
    with highest honors

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (1995)
  • Florida (1996)

Admissions

  • Georgia Supreme Court (1995)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (1995)
  • Florida Supreme Court (1996)
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims (1997)
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia (1997)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida (2008)
  • U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Arkansas (2009)

Who We Are

Suite 2800, 1100 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA, 30309-4528
USA
t +1 404.815.6502
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R. Lee Mann III

Experience Highlights

False Claims Act for Florida construction company
Represented a Florida construction company, specializing in contracting and construction management services, in defeating claims by qui more
Construction litigation for pipeline contractor
Represents a pipeline contractor in Texas state court against one of the largest pipeline owners in the United States arising out of a 135-mile more
Construction litigation claims against pipeline contractor
Kilpatrick Townsend successfully completed its representation of a pipeline contractor in Alabama federal court against two affiliated more
Counsel to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Regarding U.S. $4 Billion Boston Harbor/Deer Island Wastewater and Water Purification Project in Boston, Massachusetts
Represented the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) on the U.S. $4 billion Boston Harbor Project, which involved over 100 separate design more