Erik Raines seeks first to understand a client’s business objectives and keeps those goals at the forefront when offering strategic solutions and legal advice.
Erik’s practice primarily involves representing a vast array of stakeholders in the construction industry including owners, developers, contractors, design professionals, subcontractors and sureties in transactional matters, litigation and arbitration. Erik is well-versed in handling construction defect disputes, delay claims, bond claims, payment and lien foreclosure actions, and complex commercial litigations. He provides pragmatic legal solutions and assists clients in negotiating and mitigating risk through contract drafting and negotiations, and defends all manner of construction claims in litigation and arbitration.
Erik is also Certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as Circuit Court Mediator. Erik brings his considerable construction litigation experience to bear in assisting other parties as a neutral in resolving their disputes.
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, coaching baseball, and fishing.
- AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
- Florida Super Lawyers (2016-2023)
- Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star (2012-2015)
- Florida Trend’s Legal Elite (2020)
- Florida Trend’s Legal Elite - Up and Comers (2014)
- The Best Lawyers in America® (2018-2024)
Credentials & Experience
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
American Bar Association
The Florida Bar
Hillsborough County Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
All Florida State Courts
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
All New York State Courts
United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
- Defending a national homebuilder in a multi-party construction defect litigation against a homeowner’s association involving over $13million in claimed damages across 34 townhome buildings containing over 200 units.
- Defending a national homebuilder in a construction defect litigation against a condominium association involving over 35 multi-family condominium buildings.
- Defending developer-related entities and individuals in a multi-million dollar condominium conversion construction defect case involving over 240 condominium units.
- Representing utilities contractor in bid protest matter resulting in public entity’s rejection of low bidder and rebidding of $19.5 million project.
- Representing the country’s 7th largest school district in construction disputes and transactional matters.
- Prosecuting design and defect claims for owner of a 400+ unit apartment building in a large-scale construction defect claim.
- Representing multiple general contractor clients in contract drafting and negotiations, and in construction litigation matters involving nonpayment, defects, and delays on both commercial and residential projects.
- Representing wide range of subcontractor clients including electrical, mechanical, painting, concrete, glass/glazing, steel fabrication, architectural pre-cast, framing, and drywall trades, in all type of transactional matters and litigation involving lien and bond claims, construction defects, and delays.
- Defending the owner of a multi-million dollar 266 unit luxury hotel in a construction defect lawsuit brought by a condominium association.
- Defending a pipe and fittings supplier on a multi-million dollar defect claim relating to the expansion of a County’s water treatment facilities.
- Defending underground utilities contractor in shareholder dispute and construction claims matters.
- Representing water and wastewater utilities general contractor in dispute resolution and bid protest matters on public projects.
- Representing several sureties on various bond litigation matters including payment and performance bond claims.
Professional & Civic
Community & Professional
- Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator
- Leadership Tampa, Class of 2019
- Palma Ceia Little League: Board Member
- First Tee of Tampa Bay - Advisory Board
- Chair – 2021-2022
- Vice Chair – 2020-2021
- Chair, Annual Giving Campaign – 2019-2020
- 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)
- Membership Committee
- Forum on the Construction Industry
- Hillsborough County Bar Association
- Construction Law Section
- Co-Chair (2014-2016)
- Membership Co-Chair (2012-2014)
- Construction Law Section
- Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
- NexGen Leadership Class of 2016
- NexGen Leadership - Selection Committee for Class of 2017
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Articles & Publications
- Florida Lien Law, Associated Builders and Contractors - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, March 21, 2023
- Florida Performance and Payment Bonds, Associated Builders and Contractors – Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, November 8, 2022 (co-presenter, Devin Phillips)
- Florida Lien Law, Associated Builders and Contractors - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, August 18, 2022
- “Strategies for Confronting Unconscious Bias in the Legal Industry,” Webinar for ABA Forum on Construction Law, November 18, 2020 (Erik Raines as Moderator; Kathleen Nalty as Speaker)
- Florida Lien Law, Associated Builders and Contractors - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, July 16, 2020 (co-presenter, Emily Morrell)
- 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, Vol. 24, No. 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, Vol. 21, No. 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).
- 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
- 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
- Developers Surety and Indemnity Co. v. Italian Cast Stone, Inc.,
No. 8:16-cv-3491T-24-TGW, 2017 WL 3113469 (M.D. Fla. May 5, 2017) (granting client’s motion to quash service of process).
- 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)