Christopher Solop is the chairperson of the firm’s Construction Litigation and Government Contracts sections. Chris has extensive experience representing clients in all areas of construction and government contracts including pre and post award protests, claim preparation and litigation. Chris’s practice also includes arbitration and mediation of complex construction claims.
Chris's experience in construction law spans nearly twenty-four (24) years. Representing clients in both public and private construction contracts, Chris has been an advocate for their interests from contract bidding and negotiation through resolution of claims. He has pursued successful bid protests before federal, state, and local authorities. His construction claims and litigation experience includes payment and performance bond disputes; defective plans and specifications claims; scheduling, acceleration, and delay claims; constructive change claims; site access and differing site conditions disputes; terminations for default and convenience; and productivity and loss of efficiency claims. Chris represents owners, prime contractors, and subcontractors. He has arbitrated, mediated, and tried numerous construction and commercial disputes. Chris is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He is also General Counsel for the Associated General Contractors of Mississippi.
Chris's experience also includes representing large and small construction and service contractors on all aspects of federal and state acquisition issues, including: award protests; small-business size protests; U.S. Small Business Administration HUBZone, Mentor-Protégé, and other programs; disputes, claims, and appeals; and federal grant law. He has prepared numerous joint venture and teaming agreements that have been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration to the advantage of large, small, and "8(a)" companies under various small-business assistance programs.
Chris is a certified mediator on the Mississippi State Bar's List of Mediators.
Activities and Affiliations
- Licensed to practice in Mississippi and Tennessee
- General Counsel for Mississippi Chapter of Associated General Contractors
- Former Member of the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation
- Mississippi Bar Association
- Capital Area Bar Association
- American Bar Association – Public Contract Law Section
Educational and Professional Background
- Arizona State University - B.S. Environment Resources in Agriculture (1977)
- U.S. Forest Service (1977-1984)
- University of Mississippi School of Law, Cum Laude (1987)
- Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Mississippi;Admitted to practice in all state courts in Tennessee; United States Court of Federal Claims; and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Represents government contractors performing construction and service related contracts with the federal government and at military installations throughout the United States.
- Represents general contractors and subcontractors in pursuing construction claims for constructive changes, differing site conditions, delay damages, loss of efficiency and other construction related matters.
- Represents architects and engineers before the Mississippi State Board of Architects and Engineers on disciplinary matters and defends architects and engineers against professional liability claims.