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Whether it is the language of the construction industry or the legal community, we strive to stay current as it pertains to the practice of law and your business.  We partner with computer forensic and litigation support / eDiscovery providers to manage the complexities of evolving technology and large data sets which are common today in construction matters. We also participate in a wide range of industry associations to better understand the current and emerging issues affecting your business today – and on the road ahead.

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Representative Cases

  • Coastal Industries, LLC v. Arkel Constructors, LLC, 2021-0906 (La.App. 1 Cir. 9/1/22), 350 So.3d 912

  • PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. v. Arch Insurance Co., 979 F.3d 1070 (5th Cir. 2020)

  • Coastal Industries, LLC v. Arkel Constructors, LLC, 2019-1586 (La.App. 1 Cir. 9/1/22), 313 So.3d 1270

  • Boykin Brothers, LLC v. Laborde Construction Industries, LLC, 2018-1528 (La.App. 1 Cir. 1/21/20), 2020 WL 359493 (unpublished decision)

  • Spinks Construction, Inc. v. Quad States Construction, LLC, 2017-0580 (La.App. 1 Cir. 12/21/17), 240 So.3d 215

  • Coastal Industries, LLC v. Arkel Constructors, LLC, 2019-1586 (La.App. 1 Cir. 9/21/20), 313 So.3d 1270

  • Sun Industries, LLC v. Phoenix Insurance Co., 2016 WL 6398917 (M.D. La. 10/25/16)

  • Brice Bldg. Co., L.L.C. v. Southland Steel Fabricators, Inc., 2015-1110 (La.App. 4 Cir. 6/17/16), 194 So.3d 1285

  • Jeff Mercer, L.L.C. v. State, Department of Transportation and Development, 2014-1752 (La.App. 1 Cir. 6/5/14), 174 So.3d 1180

  • Gibson & Associates, Inc. v. State, Department of Transportation and Development, 2013-2069 (La.App. 1 Cir. 9/24/14), 155 So.3d 39

  • Boes Iron Works, Inc. v. MD. Descant, Inc., 2014-0270 (La.App. 1 Cir. 9/19/14), 154 So.3d 555

  • Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc. v. Jindal, Governor of Louisiana, Suit No. 605912, Div. 24, 19th Judicial District Court (2012)

  • Gibson & Associates, Inc. v. State, Department of Transportation and Development, 2010-1696 (La.App. 1 Cir. 5/18/11), 68 So.3d 1128

  • EnviroTech Services, LLC v. City of Monroe, et al, Suit No. 09-2158, 4th Judicial District Court, Parish of Ouachita, State of Louisiana (2009, counsel for defendants, Lincoln Builders, Inc. and Lincoln Builders of Ruston, Inc., 3 month bench trial in Monroe over sufficiency of personal surety bond on public works project; still pending)

  • Teche Electric Supply, L.L.C. v. MD. Descant, Inc., 2008-171 (La.App. 3 Cir. 12/11/08), 2 So.3d 516

  • Taylor v. Haddox, 42,557 (La.App. 2 Cir. 10/31/07), 968 So.2d 1200

  • Case Atlantic Co. v. Blount Brothers Construction, Inc., 42,251 (La.App. 2 Cir. 6/20/07), 960 So.2d 1274

  • Price v. B&B Transport Services, Inc., 2007 WL 1300932 (La.App. 1 Cir. 5/4/07)

  • Blount Bros. Construction, Inc. v. City of Shreveport, and the City Counsel of the City of Shreveport, Suit No. 507,532, Div. "C," 1st Judicial District Court, Parish of Caddo, State of Louisiana, consolidated with City of Shreveport v. Harrelson Materials Management, Suit No. 505,142, Div. "A," 1st Judicial District Court, Parish of Caddo, State of Louisiana (2007, counsel for Blount Bros., zoning matter)

  • City of Lake Charles v. Luhr Bros, Inc. and Gilchrist Construction Company, Inc., SuitNo.2007- 002892, Div. "G," 14th Judicial District Court, Parish of Calcasieu, State of Louisiana (2007, counsel for Gilchrist, zoning)

  • Blount Bros. Construction, Inc. v. City of Shreveport, Suit No.469,130, Div. "A," 1st Judicial District Court, Parish of Caddo, State of Louisiana (2003, 2007, counsel for Blount Bros., administrative trial by City resulting in dismissal and suit finding te1mination was wrongful, settlement for lost profits)

  • Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc. v. Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, 2005-0131 (La. 2/22/06), 924 So.2d 90

  • Garner v. Gilchrist Construction Company, Docket No. 05-00706, Third Circuit Court of Appeal, State of Louisiana (2005, counsel for Gilchrist, class action, defense resulted in dismissal of contractor)

  • Diamond B Construction Company, Inc. v. Department of Transportation and Development, 0573 (La.App. 1 Cir. 2/14/03), 845 So.2d 429

  • O.S. Johnson Dirt Contractor, Inc. v. Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, 2000 CA 2765, (La.App. 1 Cir. 10/9/02),___ So.2d____ (unpublished decision)

  • Diamond B Construction Company, Inc. v. Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, 2000-1483 (La.App. 1 Cir. 12/22/00), 780 So.2d 439, writ denied, 2000-0246 (La. 4/20/01), 790 So.2d 633

  • Diamond B Construction Company, Inc. v. Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, 2000-1323 (La.App. 1 Cir. 12/22/00), 780 So.2d 426, writ denied, 2000-0247 (La. 4/20/01), 790 So.2d 633

  • Stephen Favorite, d/b/a Favorite Enterprises, Inc. v. Williams Brothers Construction Company, Inc., Suit No. 296,026, Div. "K," 19th Judicial District Court, Parish of East Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana (1999, counsel for defendant, the district court dismissed Favorite's petition with prejudice on summary judgment)

  • Gilchrist Construction Company, Inc. v. City of Alexandria, Suit No. 192,798, Div. "F," 9t1, Judicial District Court, Parish of Rapides, State of Louisiana (1998, counsel for plaintiff, settled in favor of plaintiff)

  • Coastal Bridge Company v. Marathon Pipeline Company, et al, Suit No. 24562, 23rd Judicial District Court, Parish of St. James, State of Louisiana (1997, counsel for plaintiff, confidential settlement)

  • Diamond B Construction Company, Inc. v. City of Plaquemine, 95-1979 (La.App. 1 Cir. 4/30/96), 673 So.2d 636

  • Diamond B Construction Company, Inc. v. Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, et al, Suit No. 407,203, Div. "I," 19th Judicial District Court, Parish of East Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana (1995, counsel for plaintiff, approximately $3M settlement for contractor and subcontractor)

  • Beck-Stein Service, Inc. v. Williams Brothers Construction Company, Inc., Suit No. 313,271, Div. "L," 19th Judicial District Court, Parish of East Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana (1995, counsel for defendant, plaintiff sought $500,000 plus treble damages, interest, attorney fees, costs and after trial court awarded $38,000, settlement for approximately $60,000 while on appeal)

  • Beverage Distributors, Inc. v. Clearly Canadian Beverage, Corp., 893 F.Supp. 994 (W.D. Okla. 1995)

  • Hartman Enterprises, Inc. v. Ascension - St. James Ai1port and Transportation Authority, Inc., 582 So.2d 198 (La.App. 1 Cir. 1991)

  • Coastal Bridge/Coastal Construction v. Louisiana Department a/Transportation and Development, (@1990, counsel for contractor, claim for delay and extra cost to project due low ph of embankment material (Florolite) specified by DOTD. Settlement for costs plus attorneys fees)

  • Fuel Adjustment (@ 1990, numerous highway contractors claim en-or of fact to recover from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development based on deficient fuel price adjustment formula)

  • Williams Brothers Construction Company, Inc. v Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and Armco Steel, 19th Judicial District Court (l 987, counsel for plaintiff, delay and extra work, collapse of super span elliptical pipe, settlement for $500,000)

  • Mr. Wray has represented the construction industry through a number of trade associations including LAGC, LAPA, CAAL, AGC Shreveport Chapter. This includes not only litigation on behalf of the trade association such as Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc. v. Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, 2005-0131 (La. 2/22/06), 924 So.2d 90 and Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc. v. Jindal, Governor of Louisiana, Suite No. 605912, Div. 24, 19th Judicial District Court, Parish of East Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana, but also as Amicus Curiae in numerous cases, however these contributions are not always recognized in published opinions.

Published Works 

  • "The Award oj Attorney's Fees Under the AAA Rules: Troegel v. Pe1formance Energy Servs., LLC", LAGC Magazine, Summer Conference Edition 2023

  • "A Comt's Confirmation of an Arbitration is Not a Mere Rubber Stamp", Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Pelican Chapter Merit Shop Message, Fall 2022

  • "LAGC Negotiates a Price Escalation Clause for Steel with La. DOTD", LAGC Magazine, Fall 2022

  • "Addressing Industry Issues in 2022", LAGC Magazine, Critical Issues Seminar 2022

  • "Contract Interpretation And Enforcement In Arbitration:When Can An Arbitration Award Be Challenged?", Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Pelican Chapter Merit Shop Message, Fall 2021

  • "How Do You Bid That? Addressing Who Bears The Risk of Price Escalation In Construction Materials", Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Pelican Chapter Merit Shop Message, Summer 2021

  • "Reddy for the Challenge? Learn the Law to Avoid Claims And Disputes", PE Magazine, May-June 2020

  • "Lest We Forget: The Design Sufficiency Law", Co-Authored with Jacob A. Altmyer, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Pelican Chapter Merit Shop Message, Winter 2018/2019

  • "Home Office Overhead Recoverable in Louisiana", Louisiana AGC Action News, Summer 2011

  • "Rejection Of All Bids", Louisiana AGC Action News, Fall 2010

  • "Rejection Of All Bids By Louisiana DOTD When All Bids Are Over The Project Estimate", Louisiana AGC Action News, Summer/Fall 2010

  • "The Uniform Bid Form", Louisiana AGC Action News, Spring 2010

  • "Notice Requirement For Materialman Who Are Not Paid By Subcontractor", Co-Authored with Chris P. Pierce, Louisiana AGC Action News, Spring 2009

  • "The Lovv Bid Is Not A Moving Target", Louisiana AGC Action News, November/December 2004

  • "Technical Evidence In Construction Litigation", Constructing Louisiana, Official Publication of The Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc., Spring 2004

  • "Changes In DOTD Claim Modification Specifications", Constructing Louisiana, Official Publication of The Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc., Spring 2003

  • "US. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Distinguishes Con-Plex v. DOTD To Deny Recovery To A General Contractor Because He Failed To Fully Investigate The Site Before Bidding", Construct!, Winter 2003

  • "Defending Against The Owner Who Does Not Pay", Constructing Louisiana, Official Publication of The Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc., Winter 2002

  • "Does compliance with Plans And Specifications Relieve The Contractor From Exposure For Hazardous Conditions?", Constructing Louisiana, Official Publication of The Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc., Fall 2002

  • "The Duty To Protect Others From Criminal Activity Of Third Parties", Constructing Louisiana, Official Publication ofThe Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc., Summer 2002

  • "The Awarding Authority's Discretion To Determine The Low Bidder Is Alive And Well In Louisiana, Despite Legislative Efforts To Eliminate", Construct!, Spring 2001

  • "Pavement May Be Selected Without Competitive Bidding Of Equal Alternatives", Construct!, Spring 2001

  • "Getting Paid", Louisiana AGC Action News, June 2000

  • "New Orleans Affirmative Action Program Held Unconstitutional", Construct!, Spring 1999

  • "Take Care in Modifying Construction Industry Form Contracts", Louisiana AGC Action News, March 1999

  • "Waiver of Bid Irregularities is Allmved in Some Parishes, but Not in Others", Louisiana AGC Action News, February 1999

  • "Recent Developments Concerning Affirmative Action Programs", Louisiana AGC Action News, December 1998

  • "Constructive Acceleration", Louisiana AGC Action News, October/November 1998

  • "When Does Owner Caused Delay Entitle the Contractor to Recover Home Office Overhead?", Louisiana AGC Action News, September 1998

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