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Michael J. Kurzman, a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Construction Law, represents municipalities, institutions of higher learning, developers, owners, contractors, sureties, subcontractors and suppliers in all aspects of construction law related issues. In particular, he drafts bid documents and represents parties in bid disputes. Michael also drafts and negotiates owner/architect agreements, owner/general contractor agreements, contractor qualifier agreements, contractor/subcontractor agreements, payment bonds, and performance bonds, to name a few. For his municipal or public sector clients, Michael’s work has included roads, bridges, landfills, schools, libraries, dormitories, city halls, parks, amphitheaters, sports and recreation facilities, utility plants, water and sewer systems, solid waste systems, drainage systems, and other similar infrastructure projects. For his non-public clients, the projects that he has worked on include high-end custom homes, renovations, airports, condominiums, apartment complexes, apartment buildings, community centers, golf courses, hotels, resorts, casinos, shopping centers, restaurants, retail stores and commercial projects.
Once construction work is underway, Michael assists his clients with construction project administration issues, addressing design and construction defect issues, latent defect issues, building code violations, project delay claims, warranty claims, Florida Statute Chapter 558 construction defect claims, acceleration claims, construction insurance claims, condominium turnover claims, change order disputes, contract performance issues, contract termination issues, payment disputes, fraudulent lien claims, breach of contract claims, and payment and performance bond claims. If resolution is not possible, Michael represents his clients in any subsequent mediations and dispute resolution proceedings including arbitrations, trials and appeals. In his more than 30 years of practicing construction law, Michael has successfully arbitrated and litigated complex construction claims and appeals in state and federal courts.
Michael and his family have a long history in the construction and development industry. Both of his parents are Florida licensed general contractors since the 1970s and Michael grew up working on construction projects. This firsthand experience contributes to his deep understanding of the industry.
Michael routinely lectures before various professional groups and writes on construction-related matters.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 1992
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 2005
University of Miami School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 1989
University of Florida, B.A., 1986
Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Construction Law
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