Charles Surasky focuses his practice on cost effective resolution of complex construction disputes. Charles has more than 38 years’ experience in the trial and arbitration of both private and government construction contracts along with extensive experience with mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Charles is a member of the National Utility Contractors Association, the Georgia Utility Contractors Association, and the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association. He has served as a member of NUCA’s and GUCA’s boards of directors. He was NUCA’s 2009 Associate Member of the Year and GUCA’s 2003-2004 Associate Member of the Year. Charles was NUCA’s liaison to the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee and has been involved in EJCDC’s construction, procurement, and design/build contract documents.
Charles received his B.A. degree cum laude from the University of South Carolina in 1973. He received his J.D. degree in 1978 from George Washington University where he served as a member of the Law Review and graduated with honors.
Charles began working in the construction industry in 1969 as a millwright helper for Daniel International Construction Company. He worked as a millwright and millwright foreman on projects in Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina before starting law school in 1975.
•Cooked Bacon Processing Line in Indiana
•Game-day Condominium in Alabama
•Highrise Resort Condominium in Florida
•Municipal Office Building and Court House in South Carolina
•Nash General Hospital Surgery Pavillion
•New Jail in Georgia
•New Multi-Story Hospital in Arkansas
•New Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturing Facility in South Carolina
•Piggly Wiggly Distribution Facility in South Carolina
•Power Plant Litigation in Nebraska
•Remediation of Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Areas in South Carolina
•VA Hospital in North Carolina
•Valley View Medical Center in Arizona
•Army Reserve Center, Winder, Georgia
•Nashville VA Hospital Renovation
•Water Treatment Plant in Corinth, Mississippi
Articles & Publications
•“Application of the U.C.C. to a Contractor’s Relationship with Its Suppliers,” The Construction Lawyer, Volume 29, Number 4, Fall 2009.
•“Arbitration Awards: ADR,” A Practical Guide, (co-author), Kendall/Hunt Publishing, Dubuque, Iowa, 1994.
•Designing an Effective Arbitration Clause, Common Sense Contract Law (January 9, 2018)
•If Defective Work Is An Accident, Does That Mean It's Covered?, Common Sense Contract Law (October 25, 2017)
•Is Defective Work An Accident? And Why Does It Matter?, Common Sense Contract Law (September 26, 2017)
•The Use and Abuse of Liquidated Damages, Common Sense Contract Law (April 24, 2017)
•Investigating and Resolving Incidents of Sexual Harassment, Common Sense Contract Law (October 4, 2016)
•Protect Your Employees from Sexual Harassment - Protect Your Company from Unnecessary Claims, Common Sense Contract Law (September 8, 2016)
•Davis-Bacon Act Compliance, Common Sense Contract Law (August 11, 2016)
•Unambiguous Releases - Can They Be Avoided?, Common Sense Contract Law (December 21, 2012)
•Expanding the Reach of the Federal False Claims Act, Common Sense Contract Law (October 5, 2012)
•Project Labor Agreements, Common Sense Contract Law (July 9, 2012)
•Agree to Agree Clause, Common Sense Contract Law (March 2, 2012)
•GAO: Challenging Past Performance Evaluations, Common Sense Contract Law (January 2, 2012)
•September 12-13, 2013 - Insurance and Indemnity and Top 5 Killer Contract Terms
Daniel Construction Company, Millwright, 1973 - 1975
Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbidge, Associate, 1979