Garrett E. Miller is a construction and government contracts attorney and a Partner in Smith Currie’s Atlanta office. He is peer-rated AV Preeminent in Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level awarded for professional ethics and integrity. Garrett’s practice focuses on the representation of owners, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals in all phases of public and private construction and service projects throughout the United States. He routinely drafts and negotiates design, construction and service contracts on behalf of clients with a constant focus on conflict avoidance and the clear articulation of the parties’ responsibilities. Though he has more than sixteen years of contract and tort litigation experience before courts throughout the country, Garrett is an advocate of alternative dispute resolution as an efficient and cost-effective method of resolving clients’ problems.
Garrett has considerable experience in the representation of service and emergency relief contractors that contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA and other divisions of the federal, state and local governments to respond to major disasters. His past work in this unique industry includes the representation of companies responsible for the remediation efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the May 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the 2011 North Dakota floods and the 2011 tornado outbreak in the southeastern United States. In recent years, Garrett has been entrusted to counsel numerous clients on the regulations and requirements governing various programs offered through the Small Business Administration. This work has included multiple bid and size protests to various government agencies.
Prior to joining Smith Currie, Garrett worked at one of the largest law firms in Atlanta where he was national litigation counsel for one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies. Garrett began his career in 2001 at one of Atlanta’s oldest and most respected defense firms where he gained litigation experience in the areas of workers’ compensation and general tort liability.
•Building Collapse at Kentucky Cardboard Processing Plant
•Environmental Remediation Project
•High-End Residential Renovation in Georgia
•HUBZone Size Protest
•Water Treatment Plant in Corinth, Mississippi
•High School in North Alabama
•Department Store near Jackson, Mississippi
•Sewer Treatment System Refurbishment at Army Ammunition Plant, Hancock County, Mississippi
•Hospital Addition and Renovation, Jacksonville, Florida Naval Air Station
•Combined-Cycle Power Plant in Oxford, Connecticut
Honors and Awards
•AV - Peer Rated (Preeminent) Martindale-Hubbell
•Best Lawyers in America - Construction Law, 2014 - 2018
•Georgia Super Lawyers - Construction Litigation, 2017, 2018, 2019
•Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Stars - Government Contracts, 2014
Articles & Publications
•“The Increasing Importance of Federal Government Past Performance Evaluations and Contractor Options Following a Bad One,” Industry Insight Newsletter, National Association of Surety Bond Producers, November/ December 2011 (Co-author).
•“The Resurrection of Rice? The Evolution (and De-evolution) of the Ability of Contractors to Recover Delay Damages of Federal Government Construction Contracts,” ABA Public Contract Law Journal, Winter 2010 (Co-author).
•What Does the Contract Say About Disputes?, Common Sense Contract Law (June 19, 2013)
•Time Is Of The Essence In A Subcontract Unless..., Common Sense Contract Law (December 21, 2012)
•Eligibility for Small Business Set-Asides, Common Sense Contract Law (March 15, 2012)
•Challenging Past Performance Evaluations, Common Sense Contract Law (March 5, 2012)
•Differing Site Condition Elements Applied, Common Sense Contract Law (March 15, 2012)
•“Fundamentals of Construction Contracts in Georgia,” Atlanta, Georgia (Speaker, May 2014)
•“Design Professional Liability Risks,” Construction Contract Workshop, Half Moon Seminars, Atlanta, Georgia (Speaker, July 2015)
•“Managing False Claims Exposure in Federal Government Construction Contracting,” Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board Continuing Education Program, Birmingham, Alabama (Speaker, August 2015)
•“Third Party Design Professional Liability and the Risks of Shop Drawing Review,” 2nd Annual Construction Defect & Dispute Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah (Speaker, February 2016)
•“Small Business Joint Ventures and Teaming Agreements for Federal Government Construction Contracting,” CMAA Capital Projects Symposium, Austin, Texas (Speaker, May 2016)
•“Delay Claims (How to Prove Them),” Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board Continuing Education Program, Birmingham, Alabama (Speaker, August 2016)
•“Bond Claims Deconstructed,” Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board Continuing Education Program, Atlanta, Georgia (Speaker, August 2016)
•“Managing Risk Through Project Documentation,” Georgia Utility Contractors Association, Atlanta, Georgia (Speaker, November 2016)
•“Challenging Utility Facility Damage Claims,” Georgia Utility Contractors Association Winter Management Conference, Steamboat Springs, Colorado (Speaker, February 2017)
•Emerging Legal Issues for the CM Industry - March 21, 2017 - Atlanta, GA
•Leadership DeKalb, Class of 2017