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ALEX BARTHET Principal
305.347.5295 | alex@barthet.com

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    Background

    Education

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

    Admissions

    • 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

    Recognition, Awards And Certifications

    • Board Certified Construction Law Expert, Florida Bar
    • Best Lawyers, Construction Law & Litigation (2011, 2012, 2013)
    • 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

    Publications, Presentations And Professional Activities

    • Workshop - Stop Don't Sign That Contract, National Fire Sprinkler Association (2018)
    • How to Deal with Pay-When-Paid Provisions, Construction Financial Management Association (2018)
    • Are You Signing the Right Release Form?, Miami Construction Forum (2018)
    • A Small Business Forum "Training & Development -A Value Added", Miami-Dade County Small Business Development (2017)
    • Legal Issues, Claims and Dispute Resolution Workshop, U.S. Department of Transportation (2017)
    • Oops: Is it a Mistake to Fix a Mistake, Miami Construction Forum (2017)
    • 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)

    Representative Experience

    Construction

    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 large construction lien claim 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; 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; 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; 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.

    Construction

    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 large construction lien claim 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; 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; 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; 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.