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James Lynn Werner


Jim Werner heads the firm’s Commercial & Construction practice group. He has extensive experience litigating a variety of cases before courts and juries, and in presenting cases to arbitrators, mediators and boards of contract appeals. While he is called upon by clients to handle diverse cases arising out of business disputes and claims, he generally concentrates on handling and litigating cases involving construction projects, surety and fidelity bonds, government contracts, environmental permits and contaminated sites in a broad geographic area and numerous jurisdictions.

Jim is a frequent speaker at programs for lawyers and industry groups on topics that include construction, government contracts, environmental, surety and fidelity and litigation issues. He is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.

Results By the Numbers

  • 0 Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America 5 or More Years in a Row
  • 0 Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers for 2016

Representative Experience

  • Defended contractors in various construction disputes involving claims of delay, defective work, etc.
  • Represented construction and government contractors in claims for recovery of additional costs and damages for extra work, delays, disruptions, etc.
  • Handled complex and highly contentious administrative trials and appeals involving environmental permits.
  • Defended industrial and commercial clients in environmental contamination cases brought by governmental regulators and adjoining landowners.
  • Served as lead counsel for groups of potentially responsible parties at CERCLA sites, including one such case in which the United States District Court was convinced to reject a CERCLA settlement between another group of major PRPs and the regulatory agency.
  • Took over a case at the appeal stage in which the trial court had imposed environmental liability on the corporate parent and individual owners, officers and operators of an industrial facility, and obtaining reversal of the trial court decision, thus freeing his clients from liability for contamination claims and cleanup costs.
  • Represented national surety companies in numerous matters involving all aspects of performance and payment bond claims and disputes and in contested cases of indemnity and salvage recovery.
  • Defended surety bad faith claims by obligees, claimants and principals/indemnitors.
  • Handled various complex fidelity claims.
  • Negotiated and drafted construction contracts and other forms of agreements.

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Honors & Awards

  • Litigation Counsel of America Fellow
  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Construction Law, 2007-2018; Commercial Litigation, 2008-2018; Construction Litigation and Environmental Litigation, 2011-2018; Government Contracts, 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Construction Litigation; Environmental Litigation; Government Contracts
  • Columbia Business Monthly magazine's, “Legal Elite,” 2013
  • American Lawyer magazine 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers in Construction Litigation, Construction/ Surety and Environmental Litigation, 2008-2016