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B. Ben Dachepalli - Shareholder

B. Ben Dachepalli

Education

Purdue University, B.S., 1994
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, J.D., 1997
  • Colorado Supreme Court
    • Judicial Fellowship, Justice Rebecca Love Jones
  • National Trial and Appellate Moot Court Teams
  • ATLA National Trial Advocacy Competition
    • Semi-Finalist
  • Champion Barrister's Club Appellate Competition
  • Hoffman Cup Trial Competition
    • Best Orator
  • Transportation Law Journal
    • General Editor

Bar Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association

Board Certified by The Florida Bar

  • Board Certification Badge
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B. Ben Dachepalli - Shareholder

Ben is a Shareholder and Co-Chair in the firm’s Construction & Design Practice Group. As a Board Certified Construction Attorney, his practice includes the negotiation and drafting of construction related agreements and complex construction litigation claims regarding contracts, construction defects, design errors, and construction liens. Ben represents owners, developers, contractors, construction managers, design professionals and subcontractors in all phases of the construction process. As a former Board Member of the Construction Industry Licensing Board for the State of Florida, Ben is also experienced in licensing matters for contractors and subcontractors.

Ben has authored articles and spoken at numerous seminars on various construction law topics, and is an active member of the Forum on the Construction Industry for the American Bar Association and the construction law sections of the state and local bar associations. 

Representative experience as counsel for:

  • Publicly-traded real estate investment trust and general contractor against associations, insurers and subcontractors in several multi-million dollar construction defect cases regarding construction of apartment and/or condominium projects.
  • Construction manager regarding extra work and delay claims for the construction of $107 million waste-to-energy facility.
  • Publicly-traded national home builder in $10 million arbitration regarding construction defect and fiduciary claims for a subdivision of 1,500 single family homes.
  • Publicly-traded manufacturer of construction materials in $60 million delay claim case regarding design and construction of a manufacturing facility.
  • Publicly-traded supplier of raw water transmission pipe products in $20 million construction defect and delay claim case regarding the expansion of a county government’s water treatment facility.
  • Private developers regarding the construction of a $70 million luxury beachfront hotel and resort..

Ben is the current Chair of the Board of Directors for the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce and is a former Chair and current member of the Board of Directors for the Children's Dream Fund, a nonprofit organization which fulfills the dreams of children suffering from life-threatening and debilitating illnesses. He is also an active member of Leadership Florida (Class XXXI) and a former member of its Board of Directors and current member of its Leadership Team. 

Honors & Recognitions

  • AVPreeminent-Logo
  • 93699 - Hill Ward Henderson
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Professional Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America (2018-2019)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyer (2015-2019)

    • Construction
  • Florida Super Lawyers (2011-2018)
  • Super Lawyers Business Edition (2012-2015)
  • Construction Industry Licensing Board (2013-2014)
    • Member, Gubernatorial Appointment
  • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star (2009-2010)
  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Community & Civic Affiliations

  • Indo-US Chamber of Commerce
    • Chair of Board (2018-present)
    • Board of Directors (2015-present)
  • Leadership Florida, Class XXXI
    • West Central Florida Regional Council
    • Leadership Team (2014-2016)
    • Board of Directors (2013-2014)
  • Construction Industry Licensing Board
    • Member, Appointed by Governor (2013-2014)
  • Children's Dream Fund
    • Board of Directors (2009-present)
    • Board Chair (2011-2014)
    • First Team (2006-present)
  • Blu Magazine's 10 Leading Men of Tampa Bay (2012)
  • 13 Ugly Men Foundation, Inc.
    • Board of Directors (2007-2009)

Professional Associations

  • ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
    • Division 12, Owners & Lenders
  • The Florida Bar
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
      • Construction Law Committee
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Construction Law Committee
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
    • Basic Trial Skills
  • Florida Council for Public Private Partnerships
  • The Tampa Housing Authority
    • Member

Publications & Presentations

  • "Indicate Precisely What You Mean To Say: Contract Provisions That Work." Co-Author, American Bar Association. October 2016.
  • “Contract Negotiations for Owners, GCs and Subcontractors in the Millennial Generation: What Type of Relationship Are You Building?” Speaker, American Bar Association, April 2015.
  • "Fundamentals of Construction Law." Speaker, American Bar Association. November 2013.
  • "AIA Contract Documents: Best Practices and Recent Trends." Speaker, June 2012.
  • "Tricks and Traps in Construction Law." Speaker, Electrical Council of Florida, April 2012.
  • "Understanding Administrative Boards of Contract Appeals Proceedings." Speaker, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, October 2011.
  • "Impact of Bankruptcy on a Construction Project." Speaker, Construction Financial Management Association, Tampa Bay Chapter, March 2010.
  • "Fundamentals of Construction Law." Speaker, American Bar Association, November 2009.
  •  "The Owner's Duties in a Construction Project." Speaker, Lorman Seminar, February 2008.
  • All is Not Lost: Enforcing Judgments Against Liability Insurers. (February 2006). HCBA Lawyer.
  • Latent Defect Loophole for Surety Companies. (February 2004). HCBA Lawyer.

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