Larry Watkins

Larry Watkins

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard PLLC, Construction Law Practice
  • Construction Law, Energy, Oil & Gas Law, Business Law
  • Arkansas
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Larry Watkins is an Arkansas construction attorney in the Construction Law Practice Area whose primary legal practice focuses on construction contracts, litigation, arbitration, and mediation - providing counsel for local, national, and international projects. He is also an Professor of Construction Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law (ADJ). Bringing over 20 years of industry experience to the table, and as a construction attorney in Arkansas, Mr. Watkins has worked both as an attorney for a large law firm and as corporate counsel for one of the largest engineering and construction companies in the world. He has extensive legal experience with construction mediation, arbitration, litigation, consulting contracts, design agreements, construction contracts, supply agreements, project finance, construction claims, project counsel, construction business & tax matters, construction regulations, and Arkansas public-private partnership (P3s, PPPs). Prior to practicing law, Mr. Watkins was a superintendent, project engineer, project manager, and Sr. contracts manager for some of the largest construction, architecture, and engineering companies in the US. With 20+ years in the construction industry, his knowledge of and experience with all aspects of projects are an invaluable asset. Experience: - Construction contracts & design contracts for commercial, industrial, energy & infrastructure projects, ranging from $2M to $200M - design services, FEED/FEL, project finance agreements - Project partnership, JV & LLC agreements for private & public projects - Engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) contracts and EPCM contracts - Public construction project RFQs, RFPs, and contract drafts for proposals, ranging from $60M to $750M - Custom construction contracts & form agreements (e.g. AIA, ConsensusDocs, DBIA) - Construction litigation, mediation, and arbitration for commercial, energy, industrial, and infrastructure.

Practice Areas
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
    Energy, Oil & Gas Law
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I bill on an hourly basis.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Written
Professional Experience
Arkansas Construction Attorney (Contracts, Disputes, Regulation, P3s)
Law: Construction Lawyer, Arkansas & Missouri
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I am an Arkansas construction attorney with local, national, and international project experience. My practice includes engineering and construction contracts, project finance, public-private partnerships (P3s, PPPs) in Arkansas, and construction litigation, arbitration, and mediation (breach of contract, liens, defects, etc.)
Construction: Sr. Contracts Manager, Project Manager, and Project Engineer
Turner Construction, Fluor Corporation, Skanska USA, Nordex USA
I reviewed & negotiated contracts, managed projects, created schedules, coordinated contractors & subcontractors, and managed budgets and project administration for large projects in North Carolina, Indiana, and Arkansas.
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
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University of Arkansas - Little Rock
J.D. | Law
Honors: High Honors
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University of Alabama - Birmingham
M.S. | Construction Engineering (Exp. 2018)
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Arkansas Associated General Contractors
Professional Associations
State Bar of Arkansas
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Associated General Contractors Arkansas
Legislative Committee Member
- Current
Activities: Propose and review laws, statutes, and regulations affecting the construction industry, including lien laws and Arkansas public-private partnerships (P3s/PPPs).
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Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)
Member, Presenter (Public-Private Partnerships in Arkansas)
- Current
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Construction Industry Forum, American Bar Association
- Current
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Articles & Publications
Construction Contracts in Arkansas
Construction Law Resource
A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Construction Schedule Contract Clauses and Delay Disputes
Associated General Contractors Arkansas (AGC AR)
Arkansas Public-Private Partnerships (P3s)
Construction Law Resource
Speaking Engagements
Process Plant Project Delivery Methods - Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) and Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Manager (EPCM), Presentation to Novus International, Saint Louis, MO
Novus International
This presentation focused on the best construction project delivery method for complex mega projects. The presentation generally compared design-bid-build, construction manager, and design-build, but the focus was on the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) and Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Manager (EPCM) project delivery methods.
Arkansas Construction Attorney - A Background, Associated General Contractors Arkansas Meeting, Little Rock, AR
Associated General Contractors Arkansas
I presented on being a construction lawyer in Arkansas and how my engineering and construction background inform my legal practice.
Professor of Construction Law (ADJ)
University of Arkansas School of Law, Little Rock
Legislative Committee
Associated General Contractors Arkansas
OSHA 30 Construction Safety
Websites & Blogs
Arkansas Construction Attorney Educational Site
Social Media
Contact & Map
Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard
425 West Capitol Ave.
Suite 1800
Little Rock, AR 72201
Telephone: (501) 688-8800
Fax: (501) 688-8807
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