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Erik P. Raines - Shareholder

Erik P. Raines

Education

State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A., 2001
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 2004
  • Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law
    • Managing Editor

Bar Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
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Erik P. Raines - Shareholder

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Erik is a Shareholder in the firm's Construction & Design and Litigation Groups. His practice primarily involves representing owners, developers, contractors, design professionals, subcontractors and sureties in transactional matters and in litigation/arbitration.  Erik is well-versed in handling construction defect disputes, delay claims, bond claims, payment and lien foreclosure actions and complex commercial litigations. Erik's professional experience includes:

  • Representing the owner of a 400+ unit apartment building in a large-scale construction defect claim.
  • Representing the general contractor on a multi-million dollar renovation project against claims by a condominium association.
  • Representing a painting subcontractor in a multi-party building envelope litigation by a condominium association.
  • Representing a steel fabricator/installer on breach of contract, delay and nonpayment claims.
  • Representing a concrete installation subcontractor in litigation regarding alleged structural defects.
  • Representing a supplier on a multi-million dollar defect claim relating to the expansion of a County’s water treatment facilities.
  • Representing a national home building corporation in a construction defect litigation involving over 35 multi-family condominium buildings.
  • Representing the owner of a multi-million dollar luxury hotel in a construction defect lawsuit brought by a condominium association.
  • Representing developer-related entities and individuals in a condominium conversion construction defect case involving over 240 condominium units.
  • Representing several sureties on various bond litigation matters including payment and performance bond claims and motor vehicle dealer bond claims.
  • Representing owners, general contractors and subcontractors on construction transactional matters.

Erik is active in Bar-related activities at both the local and national levels. At the local level, Erik recently finished a two year term as Co-Chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Construction Law Section and remains an active member. At the national level, Erik is involved with the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law, where he serves on the Steering Committee for Division 12 and on the Forum's Membership Committee. 

Erik previously served on the Tampa Regional Advisory Board for the Associated General Contractors of Greater Florida and is an alumnus of the Associated Builders and Contractors Florida Gulf Coast Chapter’s NexGen Leadership class for 2015-2016.  Also active in the community, Erik proudly serves on the Advisory Board of the First Tee Tampa Bay, an organization that impacts the lives of Tampa’s youth through providing educational programs that build character, teach life skills and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. In addition, Erik is an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County, where he has assisted in the construction of several homes since moving to the area in 2008.

Prior to joining the firm, Erik practiced in New York City, where he focused on real estate and commercial litigation matters. Outside of the office, Erik enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, playing golf and fishing.

Honors & Recognitions

  • AVPreeminent-Logo
  • 93699 - Hill Ward Henderson
  • SL2018_gray
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Court Admissions

  • All Florida State Courts
  • All New York State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Professional Recognition

  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite - Up and Comers (2014)
  • Florida Super Lawyers (2016-2019)
  • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star (2012-2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2018-2020)

Published Decisions

  • Layne Heavy Civil, Inc. v. Carter & Verplanck, Inc.,
    Case Nol 16-80609-CIV-ZLOCH, 2018 WL 6303691 (S.D. Fla. Oct. 31, 2018) (obtaining ruling granting client’s motion to dismiss’ Plaintiff’s claims)
  • SRE Culinary Equipment and Supplies, LLC v. School District of Hillsborough County,
    Case No. 8:17-cv-2819-T-24JSS, 2018 WL 3068069 (M.D. Fla. Apr. 9, 2018) (obtaining ruling in client’s favor on contested motion for attorney’s fees after prevailing on client’s motion to dismiss)
  • Hakes v. Orlando’s Auto Specialists, Inc.,
    77 So.3d 196 (Table, Text in WESTLAW), Unpublished Disposition 2011 WL 6793974 5D10-2375
    District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fifth District. December 20, 2011

Community & Civic Affiliations

  • Leadership Tampa, Class of 2019
  • Palma Ceia Little League, Board Member
  • First Tee of Tampa Bay
    • Advisory Board

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on the Construction Industry
      • Membership Committee 
        • Social Media Subcommittee
      • Special Programs and Education Committee
        • Distance Learning Subcommittee
        • Liaison to Division 12
      • Division 12 (Owners & Project Finance) Steering Committee (2015-present)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Construction Law Section
      • Co-Chair (2014-2016)
      • Membership Co-Chair (2012-2014)
    • Young Lawyers Division
      • Officer
        • Historian (2013-2014)
        • Liaison to the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation (2011-12, 2012-13)
      • Youth Projects Committee
        • Co-Chair (2010, 2011)
  • Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
    • NexGen Leadership Class of 2016
    • NexGen Leadership - Selection Committee for Class of 2017 

Publications & Presentations

  • Florida Lien Law, Associated Builders and Contractors - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, May 10, 2019
  • Subcontract Negotiation and Drafting, Associated Builders and Contractors - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, April 5, 2019 
  • Florida Lien Law, Associated Builders and Contractors - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, October 12, 2018
  • Every Repose Has Its Thorn, (Summer 2018). HCBA Lawyer Magazine, Vol. 28, No. 6.
  • Navigating and Defending Construction Defect Claims, Associated Builders and Contractors - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, May 18, 2018 (co-presenter, Emily Morrell)
  • Florida Lien Law, Florida Law Alliance Construction Law Conference, February 16, 2018
  • Failure to Include Statutory Notice to Owner Warnings Will Invalidate Your Lien. (Summer, 2017). HCBA Lawyer Magazine, Vol. 27, No. 6.
  • Florida Performance and Payment Bonds, Associated Builders and Contractors – Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, July 14, 2017 (co-presenter, Devin Phillips)
  • Florida Lien Law, Associated Builders and Contractors – Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, February 24, 2017
  • “Indicate Precisely What You Mean to Say: Contract Provisions That Work,” (Tamara Lindsay and Ben Westcott, Co-Presenters). ABA Forum on Construction Law, Fall Meeting, Chicago, IL (October 2016).
  • “Construction Contracts – Finding Common Ground in Drafting and Negotiating Design and Construction Clauses,” (E. Raines presenting on Termination, Claims and Disputes), ABA Forum on Construction Law Regional Program, Jacksonville, FL (February 26, 2016).
  • “Litigating the $200,000 Case: A View From Both Sides of the Table,” (L Franklin Elmore, co-presenter). ABA Forum on Construction Law, Midwinter Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ (January, 2015).
  • “Florida Lien Law: Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid,” (Emily Morrell, co-presenter).  HWH 6th Annual Real Estate and Construction Symposium (October 1, 2014).
  • “Federal Project Bonds: Exploring the Far Side of the Miller Act,” (T. Bennett Acuff and Greg Brown, co-presenters).  Merchants Bonding Company Annual Claims Conference, Des Moines, Iowa (September, 2014).
  • Thinking Outside The Box: Looking  Beyond the Four Corners to Evaluate a CGL Carrier’s Duty to Defend. (Summer, 2014). HCBA Lawyer Magazine, 24, 7.
  • "Performance Bond Defenses" (T. Bennett Acuff, Barbara Carlos and Beth Jenks, co-presenters). Southern Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference. (April, 2014).
  • Direct Examination. Chapter 10. (Gregory Brown, co-author). (2014). Florida Civil Trial Practice, 10th Edition.
  • "Let's Get Ready to Rumble! Best Practices for Client Intake of Construction Disputes." ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Webinar. (Peter Halls, Co-presenter). (September, 2013).
  • "You Gotta Have [Good] Faith, or Do You? - Surveying Jurisdictional Splits in Obligees' Bad Faith Claims Against Sureties " (Bennett Acuff, co-presenter). Southern Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference. (April, 2013).
  • "Putting Excessive Attorneys' Fees Claims Out to Pasture- Relying on a Statutory Cap to Prevent Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond Sureties from Being 'Milked Like Cash Cows'." (Gary Horst, Gregory Brown, Marie Borland, co-presenters). Southern Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference. (April, 2012).
  • Direct Examination. Chapter 10. (Gregory Brown, co-author). (2012). Florida Civil Trial Practice, 9th Edition.
  • State Statutory Requirements Concerning Fidelity Bonding and D&O Insurance for Condominium Associations and Homeowners' Associations. (Gregory Brown, co-author). Southern Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference. (April, 2011).
  • Avoiding Veil-Piercing Claims When Using Single Purpose Entities in Construction Projects. (April, 2011). HCBA Lawyer Magazine, 21, 5.
  • Direct Examination. Chapter 10. (Gregory Brown, co-author). (2010).  Florida Civil Trial Practice, 8th Edition.
  • Note, North Korea: Analyzing the "New" Nuclear Threat, 12 Cardozo J. Int'l & Comp. L. 349 (2004).
Florida Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond Claims: An End in Sight to Excessive Attorneys' Fees Claims? (2012). Florida Surety Association 2nd Quarter Newsletter.
Florida Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond Claims: An End in Sight to Excessive Attorneys' Fees Claims? (2012). Florida Surety Association 2nd Quarter Newsletter.