RSlade Sevier

R. Slade Sevier, Jr.

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

In addition to general contract disputes, Slade'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.

Slade’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 and higher education 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, on-campus residential facilities and single-family residential, retail, hospitality and entertainment venues, and mixed-use developments throughout the country.

He 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. Before his legal career, Slade 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, stormwater management, and dam design.

Education & Credentials


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

Prominent Assignments

Representing the general contractor of a large condominium project in Tennessee in disputes with the owner and subcontractors regarding change order, nonpayment, defective work, back charge and liens claims in excess of $30M.

Represented a general contractor in disputes with the owner and multiple subcontractors regarding change order, nonpayment and lien claims on a large resort project in Tennessee.

Represented an owner of a hospital facility in a dispute with the general contractor and subcontractors regarding defective construction of the building envelope with claims in excess of $12M.

Drafting and negotiation of design, construction and consulting agreements for use throughout the country for various hospital, outpatient, senior living and medical office facilities.

Representing the general contractor of a large apartment complex in Tennessee in disputes with the owner and a subcontractor regarding termination and nonpayment claims in excess of $20M.

Represented the owner/developer of upscale open-air retail centers in a dispute with a co-developer regarding a large development in Connecticut, and obtained a favorable arbitration award including the recovery of attorneys’ fees in excess of $1M.

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 program manager in a dispute with the owner and contractors regarding the settlement of a hospital facility in Tennessee.

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

Represented a general contractor in a dispute with a subcontractor involving disruption, delay and back charge claims on a condominium tower project inTennessee in excess of $1M.

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

Represented various landowners in appeals of property taxes.

Represented a public school board in a dispute with its general contractor and designers regarding a defective roofing system.

Representation of a large university in Tennessee with respect to various construction projects, including the negotiation and drafting of design and construction agreements and the litigation of multiple claims in excess of $1M.

Professional Involvement

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

Community Involvement

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

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


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