Mr. William Emanuel Burnett
Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP
William E. Burnett is an associate in the construction law group of Smith, Gambrell, & Russell, LLP in their Atlanta office.
Mr. Burnett advises clients in the planning, design, and construction of industrial, energy, residential, and commercial projects throughout the country. Mr. Burnett assists clients in the review and negotiation of construction agreements. He prepares contract documents which are tailored to his client’s specific industry and requirements. He regularly drafts, reviews, and negotiates standard industry and custom prime contracts, subcontracts, construction and project management agreements, design agreements, and supplier agreements.
Mr. Burnett also counsels and supports clients with contract administration during the construction phase to ensure that projects finish on time, on budget, and with claims and disputes kept to a minimum. If disputes are unavoidable, he assists clients in their prompt resolution and is experienced in the mediation, arbitration, and litigation of complex construction matters involving multiple parties. Mr. Burnett has represented clients on disputes involving breach of contract claims, construction and design defects, delays and disruptions, bid protests, and construction securities.
Prior to practicing law, Mr. Burnett spent nearly a decade at one of the country’s largest construction management firms, where he worked as a construction accounting professional on large, complex commercial and industrial projects. While there, he also gained experience in construction risk management, which he continues to apply today for the benefit of his clients.
Mr. Burnett received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Georgia State University, and received his Juris Doctor from the Georgia State University College of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law, the State Bar of Georgia’s Construction Section, and the Atlanta Bar Association’s Construction Section, where he is a current Member-at-Large.