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Kristan Boyd Burch

Kaufman & Canoles PC

Other legal specialties: Intellectual property

Birthplace:  Newport News

Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Virginia; law degree, College of William & Mary

Spouse:  Alexander Stiles

Hobbies or pastimes:  Traveling and photography

First job as a lawyer:  Federal law clerk in the Eastern District

Fan of: University of Virginia athletics

Favorite vacation spot:  The Gorge in George, Wash.

Recently read book: “Theft by Finding” by David Sedaris

Career mentor:  The Hon. James E. Bradberry (ret.) along with several of my partners at Kaufman & Canoles, including Terry Murphy, Steve Noona and Hunter Sims

Where are you seeing the most construction activity these days? In Hampton Roads, construction activity is everywhere — from residential projects to large-scale commercial projects.  Looking out the window at my office, cranes dot the horizon.  New projects are breaking ground, and historic buildings are being revitalized. 

What new developments are you seeing in construction law?  The role that technology plays in construction projects is continuing to expand each year.  This affects not only the way that owners, contractors and design professionals communicate and exchange information, but it also affects the way that construction progress is tracked and evaluated.  Augmented reality is being utilized in construction more and more as technology advances.

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