Georgia Bar Construction Project

Two years ago, Peter Crofton, Greg Smith and Darren Rowles of SGR’s Construction Practice founded the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

Today, the State Bar’s Construction Law Section is excited to announce the unveiling of its recorded Oral History Project. Georgia is widely recognized as the birthplace of construction law as a distinct area of legal practice. This project honors four living legends of the Georgia Bar — James Groton, Kent Smith, Fielder Martin and John Hinchey — who tell in their own words how they helped to build the practice of construction law in Georgia.

The Project recording includes an introduction by SGR’s Peter Crofton and Greg Smith explaining the vision of the Project and the importance of capturing the history of construction law. The 7-minute video then explores the legacy of Georgia’s construction law pioneers.

The film is available online at

This Project captures the lasting impact of these individuals in a format that is easily accessible to everyone. The Project also paves the way for other Bar sections to record and preserve the important history of its members that is being made every day.

The Bar’s Construction Law Section serves the growing community of Georgia lawyers involved with the many construction projects throughout the state. Under the leadership of SGR’s team, the Bar Section has held a number of timely and well-attended events, including a Women in Construction presentation and many informative lunchtime CLE webinars.

SGR’s Construction Practice is comprised of attorneys with extensive construction and environmental experience, including several attorneys with engineering or technical degrees. All attorneys in the group are both transactional and trial lawyers. On the litigation side, SGR’s construction attorneys represent owners, contractors and designers in claims arising out of design and construction defects, delays, payment disputes and any other matters that arise among construction participants. Our construction attorneys have tried and arbitrated cases throughout the United States and abroad.

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