CONSTRUCTION LAW: Courtney Moates Paulk

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Courtney Moates Paulk
Hirschler Fleischer

Title: Shareholder
Other legal specialties: Commercial litigation, real estate litigation and fraud claims
Birthplace: Richmond
Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Mary Washington; law degree, University of Richmond School of Law
Current professional activities: Associated General Contractors of America, Contract Documents Committee, AIA-AGC Joint Committee; Construction and Public Contracts Law Section, Virginia Bar Association; Associated General Contractors of Virginia, Richmond Division; Forum on the Construction Industry, American Bar Association; Lewis F. Powell Jr. American Inn of Court; board of directors, Central Virginia Legal Aid Society.
Husband: Matthew T. Paulk
Pets: Two cats: Ellie and Baxter
Hobbies: Long-distance, open-water swimming
First job as a lawyer: Law clerk, Alexandria Circuit Court
Fan of: Good wine, travel, college basketball, “Masterpiece Mystery!” and the Chesapeake Bay
Favorite vacation spot: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Provence region of France
Recently read: “Solar” by Ian McEwan
Career mentor: “Barry Hackney for his sage advice; Webb Moore for challenging me; Chandra Lantz for her patient counsel; Brian Farmer for his belief in me; and Mike Walker for keeping me grounded.”

Is the construction industry beginning to revive from the recession?
“We are starting to see a glimmer of hope in the public sector.  In the private sector, prices are still being driven down by an abundance of competition, and credit is still extremely tight.  Owners who have access to money are certainly in the driver’s seat.”

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