Steven B. Lesser chairs the firm’s national Construction Law and Litigation practice group. Mr. Lesser is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar and devotes his practice exclusively to construction law and litigation, including governmental construction claims and defense and hotel/condominium disputes. He is a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers. He has received a number of distinguished awards from the Florida Bar and American Bar Associations relative to his work in the construction industry.
He is Past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law, a nationally prestigious organization devoted entirely to members of the construction industry. The Forum is the largest construction lawyer group in the world and is known for its scholarly publications and programs focusing on developments and trends in construction law.
Mr. Lesser is presently Chair of The Florida Bar Association’s Board of Legal Specialization and Education (“BLSE”) which administers the Bar’s certification plan and provides oversight over all 27 certification committees that each focus upon a specific practice area. As part of its mission, the BLSE helps identify for the general public and the profession those attorneys who have substantial experience and have demonstrated special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in certified areas of practice and professionalism and ethics in the practice of law. He has further served in the leadership of a variety of Florida Bar and American Bar Association Committees including Past Chair of the Florida Bar Construction Law Certification Committee.
For more than thirty years, Steve has represented a variety of construction industry participants in various large scale high profile commercial, multi-family, specialty projects such as museums, country club communities, health care facilities and even sports complexes. He represented Swire Properties in relation to its design and construction contracts for Brickell City Centre, a $1.05 billion mixed used development in the heart of Miami’s financial district. This project is significant because it was the first large construction project to begin after the recession and spurred widespread new development in the Brickell corridor. Other examples include the Dali Museum, the Museum of Arts and Crafts in St. Petersburg, Florida and Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville. His involvement in country club representation includes Frenchman’s Creek, Mirasol Country Club, and BallenIsles Country Club. He represented a sports complex owner Incredible Ice, in a deal to rebuild the Florida Panther’s Ice Hockey training facility in Coral Springs, Florida. Steve represented a homeowner in the landmark case Moransais v. Heathman, before the Florida Supreme Court which, in effect, reshaped construction law in Florida by retreating from the economic loss doctrine and forcing architects, engineers and other professionals to be accountable for their own negligence.