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Matthew DeVries

Matt is a construction & litigation attorney at Burr & Forman LLP and father of seven young kids.

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Walking a Tightrope: EEOC Guidance to Avoid Negligent Hiring by Construction Companies

Posted in Best Practices, Human Resources
Today’s guest post is from my good friend and law partner, M. Clark Spoden, who focuses on business litigation, labor and employment, environmental and construction law. The full article was published by Construction Executive. You can contact Clark at Last April, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its long-awaited Enforcement Guidance regarding… Continue Reading

Heads Up Public Contractors! Nashville to Pass Non-Discrimination Bill Including Gender and Sexual Orientation

Posted in Human Resources, Legal Trends, Legislation
As reported in the Nashville Business Journal and News Channel 5 (video), a non-discrimination bill passed on a second reading at Metro Council last week.  The council voted 21 to 16 in favor of the bill that would add two new classes to the procurement code Metro contractors already follow. These companies would not be… Continue Reading

Project Management: What to Do When People Come and Go

Posted in Human Resources, Project Management
A headline from the Wall Street Journal caught my attention this morning: “When People Come and Go: Project teams often have different workers at different times. And that can create problems.” Imagine the potential problems that exist in an industry where project team members change regularly such as in the construction industry. What does history report on… Continue Reading

Colin Reed: Leadership Lessons from Nashville’s Flood Recovery

Posted in Human Resources, Leadership, Project Management
Last week, I attended the Nashville Chamber of Commerce CEO Speaker Series featuring Colin Reed, Chairman and CEO of Gaylord Entertainment.  Reed is a very good speaker and he spent the morning with an audience of 200 sharing some lessons he learned following the flood in Nashville in May 2010.  If you have not seen the pictures… Continue Reading

New Policy? New Position? Riding the Waves of Change in the Workplace

Posted in Best Practices, Georgia, Human Resources, Kentucky, Project Management, Tennessee
You may have noticed that I recently transitioned to a new law firm this week.  I am happy to announce that I have joined Stites & Harbison PLLC as a partner in the Construction Service Group and the Green Law Practice Group.  The past few weeks have seemed like a tropical storm … and the only… Continue Reading

The Top Three Causes of Disputes on a Construction Project

Posted in Claims and Disputes, Contract Docs, Document Management, Human Resources, Project Management, Scheduling
Earlier this week, I was talking with fellow attorney who does not practice construction law.  At one point in our conversation, he threw out a goocher of a question: "I know this is a hard question, but what do you think causes most of the disputes on a construction project?  I am sure there could be plenty… Continue Reading

What Seth Godin and 70 Others Have to Say About the Future

Posted in Best Practices, Human Resources
Seth Godin is the bestselling author of ten books on topics about marketing, the spread of ideas and managing both customers and employees with respect.  This week, Seth released an e-book, a FREE DOWN-LOADABLE BOOK, that addresses some exciting ideas for the new year.  Why is this important for the construction industry?  Just download the book and find some… Continue Reading