Education

University of Tennessee

B.S., Civil Engineering, 1995

Vanderbilt University Law School

J.D., 2003
  • Law Review, Managing Editor
  • Moot Court Board

Bar Admission

Tennessee

R. Slade Sevier, Jr.

Member

Overview

Slade Sevier focuses his practice on litigation and contract negotiation related to construction, real estate and development and general business.

In addition to general contract disputes, Mr. Sevier’s litigation and appellate practice primarily involves representing owners (public and private), developers, tenants, contractors, subcontractors and designers in various types of construction and real estate related disputes involving issues such as construction and design defects, scheduling, disruption and delay claims, codes violations, licensing requirements, payment claims, mechanics’ and materialmen’s liens, prompt pay claims, lease disputes, option and purchase disputes, property line disputes, copyright infringement, eminent domain, property tax appeals, personal injury, wrongful death and consumer protection act claims (TCPA). A significant portion of this practice has involved mediation, arbitration and judicial settlement conferences.

Mr. Sevier’s transactional practice primarily involves reviewing, drafting and negotiating construction, design, maintenance, service and other agreements related to real estate development. He has extensive experience with healthcare development, the forms of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Documents) and other design and construction contract forms, and the types of projects have included hospital facilities, medical office buildings, senior living facilities, office towers and tenant build-outs, industrial facilities, utility improvements, apartments, condominiums and single-family residential, retail, hospitality and entertainment venues, and mixed-use developments throughout the country.

Mr. Sevier is also a Patent Attorney registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and a Professional Engineer with an active license in Tennessee. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Sevier was a civil engineer with a local design firm. This experience involved commercial, industrial and residential developments, construction permitting, zoning and code compliance, surveying, roadway and traffic design, construction supervision, utility and infrastructure design, earthwork, site grading, floodplain analysis, storm water management and dam design.

Prominent Assignments

Represented a top ENR general contractor in connection with disputes with multiple subcontractors involving change order, nonpayment and lien claims on a large condominium and resort project.

Represented various healthcare entities, including two of the nation’s largest, in connection with the drafting and negotiation of design, construction and consulting agreements for use throughout the country for various hospital, outpatient and medical office facilities.

Represented an owner/developer of upscale open-air retail centers and obtaining a favorable arbitration award against a co-developer of a project in Connecticut.

Represented a tenant in connection with the selections of and negotiations with the designers and contractors for the build-out of over 150,000 square feet of Class A office space.

Represented the nation’s largest owner of senior living communities in connection with the drafting and negotiation of design and construction agreements for various facilities throughout the country.

Represented a national company in connection with a dispute with a landlord regarding the terms of a commercial lease.

Represented a top ENR general contractor in connection with a dispute with a subcontractor involving disruption, delay and back charge claims on a condominium tower project.

Represented a landowner in an eminent domain lawsuit, obtaining a favorable jury award against the State of Tennessee and successfully defending the award in the Court of Appeals.

Represented various landowners in connection with appeals of property taxes.

Represented a public school board in connection with a dispute with its general contractor and designers involving a defective roofing system installed on new high school.

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • National/Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers
  • Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel
  • Tennessee Bar Association

 

Community Involvement

  • Metro Stormwater Management Committee, Board Member
  • Safe Haven Family Shelter, Board Member, Executive Committee

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • US Patent and Trademark Office