James K. Bidgoodis a partner in the Atlanta office of the law firm Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP whose practice is focused on construction litigation and government contracts.
Jim received his undergraduate education in civil engineering, graduating from Georgia Tech in 1974. Following graduation, he was a Resident Engineer for the Federal Aviation Administration responsible for airport construction projects, prior to entering military service. Jim was a pilot and an instructor pilot in the United States Air Force, where he served with the rank of Captain.
He obtained his Masters of Business Administration degree from Phillips University in 1980 and his law degree (with distinction) from Emory University in 1983. He was a member of the Emory Law Journal Board of Editors and a member of the Order of the Coif.
Jim has handled a variety of construction claims and disputes involving such projects as high-rise office towers, rapid transit rail and station projects, highway design and construction projects, petrochemical plants, chemical manufacturing facilities, wastewater and solid waste facilities, port facilities, shopping centers, nuclear-related facilities, industrial facilities, and Superfund environmental projects. Some of the cases involved claims for bodily injury or wrongful death. He has represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, specialty suppliers, designers, and surety companies in mediation, arbitration, and litigation of construction claims and disputes throughout the United States in many complex and large cases.
Jim is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Construction Industry Arbitrators. Jim lectures extensively on topics relating to avoidance and resolution of construction and environmental disputes.
•Building Collapse at Kentucky Cardboard Processing Plant
•Cement Manufacturing Plant in Texas
•Community Services Complex/College Basketball Arena in Florida
•Concrete Structure Project in Atlanta
•Design of Median and Improvements to Peachtree Road
•Espirito Santo Plaza in Florida
•Georgia World Congress Center Expansion
•Large Custom Private Residence in South Carolina
•Manufacturing/Processing Facility and Warehouse in Illinois
•Mixed Use Development in Texas
•Natural Gas Line Extension in Georgia
•New Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturing Facility in South Carolina
•Power Plant and Refinery
•Power Plant for the Aquarium of the Pacific
•Rail and Transportation Project in Florida
•School of Pharmacy in Georgia
•Senior Citizen Residences in Georgia
•Superfund Cleanup in Massachusetts
•Wastewater Treatment Plant in Georgia
•Wrongful Death in Texas
•Bridge Widening in Glynn County, Georgia
•Rotary Hangar at Fort Campbell, KY
•Runway at Fort Campbell, KY
•Combined-Cycle Power Plant in Oxford, Connecticut
Honors and Awards
Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2017 Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Atlanta
Georgia Super Lawyer 2005-2019
Articles & Publications
•“Hidden Legal Risks of Green Building”, The Florida Bar Journal,March 2010 (co-author with E. J. Heady and M. K. Anderson);
•“Cutting the Knot on Concurrent Delay”, Construction Briefings,February 2008 (co-author with S. L. Reed and J. B. Taylor).
•Contract's Notice Provision Bars Claim for Extra Work, Common Sense Contract Law (July 7, 2014)
•Why Contemporaneous Project Scheduling Is Important, Common Sense Contract Law (March 24, 2014)
•Forum-Selection Clauses - Still Enforceable?, Common Sense Contract Law (January 3, 2014)
•Defective Product Insurance Claims, Common Sense Contract Law (October 5, 2012)
•Smith Currie’s 48th Annual Update Seminar - March 22-23, 2018 - Atlanta, GA
•SCH Annual Construction Law Update Seminar - February 26-27, 2015 - Atlanta, GA
•February 28, 2014 - Best of CLE - Construction Law Presentation - Atlanta, GA
•February 28, 2014 - The Best of CLE (Construction Law Segment)
•February 21-22, 2013 - SCH Construction Law Update Conference 2013, Atlanta, GA
•January 22, 2013 - 1st Annual Real Estate Development & Construction Law Seminar, Atlanta, GA
•December 14, 2012 - 19th Annual Alternative Dispute Resolution and 2012 Neutrals Conference
•September 20-21, 2012 - 2012 Annual Carolinas and Federal Construction Law Update Seminar