With a background in landscape architecture, Matthew Dials primarily represents clients in construction and development matters, advising them on transactional and litigation issues by applying his experience as a project participant and as counsel for owners, design professionals and contractors.
Matthew works on a variety of transactional, pre-claim and litigation matters arising from the planning and construction of projects across the United States. His focus is on helping clients identify and resolve issues that may arise in the contracting, design, construction or post-construction phases so that they can continue to focus on existing and new business opportunities.
Matthew’s interest in the industry was piqued early while he was interning for a mixed-use developer in north Atlanta. Thereafter, Matthew worked for EDAW/AECOM, focusing on mixed-use land planning and urban design.
He contributed to the design and construction of numerous projects around New York City, including the World Trade Center Streetscape Reconstruction and Liberty Park. Matthew also assisted in the early planning and design of Related’s Tuxedo Reserve, a 1,250-acre mixed-use project located in Orange County.
During law school, Matthew was involved in moot court and in mock trial, and he completed multiple internships for both private and public organizations, including the city of Atlanta. He was president of the Environmental Law Society and a Dean’s Award recipient for community service.
Representative Matters :
- Counseled owner in the drafting and negotiation of a project labor agreement for a Manhattan skyscraper that exceeds 1.5 million gross square feet.
- Prevailed in the defense, which was later upheld on appeal, of a design architect against a premises liability claim.
- Advised an international hospitality corporation to assist with multiple property renovations and claims arising therefrom.
- Represented Manhattan townhouse owners through trial to pursue affirmative claims against a state agency for compensation for damage caused by roadway and bridge construction.
- Defended an architect and structural engineer against claims exceeding $200 million arising from the settlement of an existing residential skyscraper.
Professional and Community Involvement :
- Pro bono assistance to 14+ Foundation (the goals of which include expanding community, educational and infrastructure resources in Zambia)
- Construction Industry Forum, American Bar Association
Professional Experience : Landscape Designer, AECOM, 2007-2009
- Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2012
- University of Georgia, B.L.A., 2007
BAR ADMISSIONS : New York, District of Columbia
COURT ADMISSIONS :
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
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