Miami Construction Lawyer: Alex Barthet

As a Miami Construction Lawyer Alex shares the same work ethic as those he represents in the construction industry – work harder than the competition and provide positive results – Alex has been described as the attorney most of his competitors aspire to be. Known for finding the best path among a variety of options to achieve a client’s particular goals, Alex serves as litigation counsel to several state wide and local contractors and material suppliers. Always good humored and on the go, Alex is the answer man for clients and employees alike on all sorts of technical and legal questions. Alex Barthet is a mechanical engineer by education and Board Certified in Construction Law.

Representative Experience

Construction Lien/Bond Disputes – Representing concrete forming contractor, obtained favorable settlement on seven figure bond and contract action against general contractor and surety on Miami International Airport renovation; successfully represented the mechanical contractor, plumber and electrician for a combined lien transfer bond claim in excess of $2.5 million; successfully represented concrete pump, place and finisher on a construction lien claim in excess of $100,000 and recovered principal, interest and legal fees in settlement days before trial; after obtaining summary judgment on liability and damages, obtained full recovery settlement for electrical contractor client against surety of general contractor on assisted living facility.

Construction Defect Prosecution and Defense – Successfully defended general contractor client (zero dollar verdict) in arbitration from owner’s claims of alleged construction defects including roof membrane delamination and negligent supervision; defended construction client over claims of alleged water intrusion into condominium garage; successfully obtained insurance coverage and subsequently resolved construction defect dispute between client (a glass and glazing contractor) and a window manufacturer and property owner over alleged water intrusion and impact-glass delamination.

Construction Contract Review – Reviewed, provided comments/addendum and negotiated subcontracts of various trades (including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, drywall, roofing, and masonry) paying special attention to pay-when-paid and indemnity provisions; drafted and negotiated prime contracts for construction of high-end residences; drafted and negotiated prime contract for the complete interior remodel of upscale restaurant; drafted and continuously modified general contractor’s form contract for use with all trades; drafted supplier’s credit application and personal guaranty.

Debt Collection – Represented material supplier in successful seven-figure collection effort against contractor; successfully obtained full recovery for seller of goods after obtaining six-figure judgment on bad check and subsequent garnishment of debtor’s bank accounts; on numerous occasions obtained favorable short-term payment plans and resolutions of disputes for creditor clients against debtors.

Professional Activities

  • Chairman, Miami-Dade Council, Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter (2013)
  • Chairman, Education Committee, Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter (2013)

Presentations and Publications

  • 10 Things Your Lawyer Won’t Tell You (But Should), International Summit & Expo. on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction (2014)
  • 10 Things Your Lawyer Won’t Tell You (But Should), Florida Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Contractors Association (2014)
  • How To Get Paid on a Construction Project, MDX for Business (2014)
  • Don’t Be Green. 10 Strategies to Find, Hire and Manage a Lawyer for Your Green Business, MIAGreen Trade Show & Expo. (2014)
  • How to Hire, Manage and Fire a Lawyer, Restoration Industry Association Webinar Series (2014)
  • 10 Things Your Lawyer Won’t Tell You (But Should), NACM National Leisure Living Credit Group (2014)
  • 10 Proven Strategies to Collect your Accounts Receivables, Miami-Dade County of Small Business Development (2014)
  • 10 Debt Collecting Strategies That Work, South Florida Plumbing and Mechanical Trade Show & Expo (2013)
  • 10 Things Your Lawyer Won’t Tell You (But Should), NACM All-South Conference (2013)
  • Ten Debt Collection Strategies that Work, Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (2012)
  • Bettering Your Chances of Getting Paid on a Construction Project, Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce (2012)
  • Construction Deconstructed, Associated Builders and Contractors (2012)
  • Construction Liens, Bonds and Contracts, Miami-Dade County Sustainability, Planning & Economic Enhancement Department (2012)
  • How to Hire, Manage and Fire a Lawyer, National Association of Credit Managers, Annual Underground Utilities Meeting (2012)
  • How to Get Paid on a Construction Project with Lien and Bond Claims, Masonry Association of Florida (2012)
  • I’ve Been Sued! Now What, Associated Builders and Contractors (2012)
  • Using Social Media to Market Your Construction Business, Associated Builders and Contractors (2012)
  • Construction Law Counterpoint Podcast, Legal Talk Network (2011)
  • Ten Things Your Lawyer Won’t Tell You (But Should), Plumbing Contractors Association (2011)
  • Construction Liens, Bonds and Contracts, Roofing Contractors Association (2011)
  • Construction Deconstructed, Associated Builders and Contractors (2010)
  • Lien Law and Contracts; How to Get Paid on a Construction Project, Florida Home Builders Annual Southeast Building Conference (2006-2008)
  • Construction Delay and Extra Work Claims, Lorman Educational Services (2007)
  • What to do When a Construction Project Goes Bad, Lorman Educational Services (2007)
  • Construction from Contract to Closeout, Lorman Educational Services (2006-2007)
  • Calculating Construction Project Damages in Florida, Lorman Educational Services (2003-2004)
  • Public Construction Contracting in Florida, Lorman Educational Services (2003)
  • Water Intrusion and Construction Defects, Lorman Educational Services (2002)
  • Public Construction Contracting in Florida, Lorman Educational Services (2002)
  • Construction Management in Florida, Lorman Educational Services (2002)
  • How to Buy and Sell a Business, Lorman Educational Services (2001)
  • Trademark Law for Business Owners, Lorman Educational Services (2001)
  • Construction Litigation in Florida, Lorman Educational Services (2001)
  • Your Subcontract, Deconstructed, Florida Homebuilder, (December 2007)
  • Payment Bond Payout…The 45 day Countdown, The Construction Lawyer, Co-Author (Winter 2005)
  • Not All Bonds Are Created Equal: Distinguishing a Common Law Bond From a Statutory Bond, Florida Bar Journal (February 2005)
  • Hidden Traps and Treasures in Florida’s Lien Law, Southeast Construction, (April 2003)

Recognition, Awards and Certifications

  • Board Certified Construction Law Expert, Florida Bar
  • Best Lawyers, Construction Law & Litigation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Approved Continuing Education (CEU) Provider, Construction Industry Licensing Board, Florida Department of Professional Regulation
  • Approved Continuing Education (CEU) Provider, Construction Trades Qualifying Board, Miami-Dade County
  • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell


  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1995, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • J.D., 1999, University of Miami, cum laude


  • Florida’s state courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office