David R. James


Telephone: (770) 956-1700
Email: david.james@wshpc.net


Mr. James has over thirty years’ experience as a construction attorney representing contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, insurance companies, owner/developers, sureties, consultants and suppliers involving contract claims, construction defect claims, professional liability claims, personal injury claims, payment disputes, extra work claims, contract interpretation, lien/bond claims, CPM scheduling and delay/acceleration claims. Mr. James has been involved in multi-million dollar claims relating to excavation, grading, paving, concrete and related civil site work for commercial buildings, highway systems and airport projects; construction and design defects for windows/roofing, masonry, stucco, drywall, curtain wall, steel erection and concrete construction for low-rise and high-rise condominiums, commercial and public buildings; plumbing, piping and equipment installation for commercial and industrial projects; scheduling, design, delay and extra work claims for highway, airport runway, low-rise and high-rise commercial buildings and multi-family residential projects.  Mr. James also routinely drafts and edits contracts, files claims of lien and handles corporate matters for his clients, including corporate creation, corporate resolutions, employment agreements, leases, real estate purchase and sale agreements, and private company corporate mergers and acquisitions in the form of stock purchase/asset purchase agreements.

Mr. James has served as an arbitrator on many construction arbitrations throughout the United States, as well as represented numerous parties in many construction-related arbitrations and litigation, including the Microelectronics Building at Georgia Tech, the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center at Spelman College, the Clairmont Avenue Student Housing Facility at Emory University, The Manhattan in Dunwoody and the Oconee County Airport Runway Extension in South Carolina.

Mr. James taught the Construction Law class in the evenings through the Building Construction Department at the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture; taught a "Construction Law for Contractors" class at Gwinnett Technical College; and continues to present seminars to various public and private organizations.



  • Eastern Illinois University

  • Southern Illinois University

Bar and Courts

  • Georgia State Bar

  • Georgia Court of Appeals

  • Georgia Supreme Court

  • United States District Court Northern District of Georgia

  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Illinois State Bar (1985-2010)

Other Affiliations

  • National Construction Industry Panel, American Arbitration Association