Houston
713.650.2730 Direct
713.650.2400 Fax
mguthrie@winstead.com

Mark's practice includes construction-related transactions and disputes, insurance and reinsurance claims and disputes and litigation and arbitration of other complex commercial cases. Mark has represented prime and general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, engineers, sureties, developers and governmental and private owners in construction-related bidding and procurement matters, contract negotiation, contract administration, and dispute resolution.

Mark has negotiated complex construction and architectural/engineering contracts, including EPC contracts for onshore and offshore power and petrochemical facilities, Comprehensive Development and Design Build agreements for highway and light rail facilities, and construction contracts and subcontracts for civil, marine and dredging works, large public facilities and other commercial and multifamily structures.

Mark has represented clients in construction disputes in jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations involving multimillion dollar claims involving breach of contract, breach of express and implied warranty, fraud, defective design, construction defect, change order entitlement, liquidated damages, claims for extra time and money, delay, lost productivity and owner interference claims, lien and bond claims, sovereign and governmental immunity issues, and construction-related insurance coverage and claims issues.

Mark's other practice areas include arbitration and litigation of insurance claims and coverage and reinsurance treaty disputes involving property and casualty, general liability, excess, builder's risk and life, and accident and health coverages, environmental disputes and real estate disputes.

Mark also has litigated licensing, intellectual property trade secret, and covenants not to compete issues, federal and state antitrust issues, contract issues, business torts, lender liability, financial institution-related claims and other complex commercial cases, in state and federal courts in many jurisdictions across the nation.

Mark served as head of the firm's litigation practice for the Houston office from August 1999 through December 2004.

Representative Experience

  • Contractor Representation: Represent EPC contractors, design builders, general contractors/construction managers and owners in litigation, arbitration and claims issues in matters in many state and federal courts across the country involving design and construction of power projects, offshore structures, petrochemical facilities, marine construction, large distribution and commercial facilities, retail buildings, other structures and component equipment; represent contractors and subcontractors in claims under Federal Contract Disputes Act.
  • Public Improvement Contract Litigation: Represented public hospital authority in litigation over hospital project; represented contractor in successful settlement of lawsuit to collect contract balance from port authority following defeat of motion for summary judgment and unsuccessful appeal by port of claim of governmental immunity; represented public housing authority in lawsuits against contractor and subcontractors on multifamily projects; evaluated governmental immunity from contractor claims for governmental entity.
  • Cogeneration Plant Litigation: Assisted EPC contractors in disputes involving multimillion dollars with developer, project lenders, owners and subcontractors of cogeneration and other power, petrochemical and industrial facilities in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana, Connecticut, New Jersey, California and Nevada, as well as working with all major project agreements and project insurance policies for these clients. These disputes included many aspects of the design, construction, operation and maintenance of and major equipment used in these facilities, as well as cost overrun, extra work, lost productivity, constructive acceleration and delay issues.
  • Offshore Project Litigation: Successfully represented contractor in jury trial to collect $4.5 million amount due for construction of offshore floating production unit, plus attorneys' fees, and collected after suit filed and prior to trial an additional $19 million due on same contract.
  • Environmental Construction Litigation: Successfully assisted remediation contractor of Louisiana refinery surge pond in the recovery of $18 million for extra work on an $18 million fixed price contract; claims involved analysis of chemical and environmental issues related to the components of sludge existing in the surge pond.
  • Heavy Civil Contract Negotiation/Administration: Counseled and assisted parties in proposing for, negotiating and administrating P3/Comprehensive Development/Design Build Agreements for highway, tollroad and light rail projects; assisted contractors and subcontractors with negotiation of highway construction and bridge construction contracts.
  • Petrochemical and Power Contract Negotiation: Assisted owner of petrochemical complex in negotiating FEED contract and EPC agreements for design and construction of new high density polyethylene unit; assisted construction manager with the drafting and negotiation of a contract to construct an alternative fuel power generation facility; involved on ongoing basis negotiating and drafting EPC contracts and other design, engineering and construction contracts and subcontracts.
  • Contract Negotiation: Assisted developers in the negotiation of design and construction contracts for large hotel and city convention center projects.
  • Public Works Contract Negotiation: Assisted developer with the drafting and negotiation of an $80 million construction contract and related architect's agreement for a large jail facility in Houston, Texas; assisted major subcontractor with negotiation of subcontract for Army Corps of Engineers project subject to FAR flowdown provisions.
  • Insurance and Reinsurance: Represented ceding company in arbitration of $60 million dollar dispute over whether cedent's offshore 100% coinsurance transaction was prohibited sale of interest or assignment or delegation of duties under the treaties; represented purchaser of block of business in indemnity reinsurance transaction in successful arbitration involving breach by seller of representations and warranties in connection with sale; assisted ceding company in arbitration against reinsurer involving coverage of reinsurance treaties for claims arising from September 11 attack. 

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