Florida Construction Law Authority is published by The Construction Law Group of Becker and Poliakoff. It’s authors include:

Mark Stempler

Mr. Stempler focuses his practice in the areas of construction litigation and government bid protests. He is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Construction Law, and is certified as a LEED Green Associate by the United States Green Building Council. He represents clients in commercial and residential construction lawsuits, involving defects, delays, contractual disputes, mold claims, liens and lien disputes, bond claims, and insurance disputes. Clients include owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, sureties, and manufacturers. Mr. Stempler also lectures on green building and other construction issues.

In the government procurement arena, Mr. Stempler primarily represents private companies doing business with government agencies during the bidding, negotiation and protest processes. He has represented companies in procurement protest disputes across Florida, and has helped clients win numerous multi-million dollar government contracts. Bid protests that Mr. Stempler has handled include construction, transportation, professional services, public housing, vendor concessions, state court services, janitorial services, landscaping, and airport services. Mr. Stempler also represents public bodies on a case by case basis. He has authored numerous published articles on government procurement and protest procedures. [complete bio]


Lee A. Weintraub (Shareholder)

Lee Weintraub is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar. Since passing the construction law board certification exam, he has served as a board certification exam course instructor. Mr. Weintraub is an experienced construction and commercial litigation attorney who is also a certified arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

Consistently ranked among the top construction lawyers in Florida in surveys of attorneys and clients statewide, Mr. Weintraub has been recognized by Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers every year since 2003. He was also selected in the Best Lawyers in America from 2006 through 2010 and was selected by Florida Super Lawyers from 2007 through 2010 , which named Florida ‘s top 5% of lawyers as chosen by their peers. In 2009, Florida Trend magazine named Mr. Weintraub one of the Florida Legal Elite, an honor bestowed on only the top 2% of Florida lawyers. The 2008 edition of Chambers USA quotes clients as saying “clients are entirely happy to put 100% of their trust in Lee Weintraub because they know he always gets results.”

Mr. Weintraub represents owners, contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, bond sureties, and other commercial entities in litigation, arbitration and transactions. Mr. Weintraub is a certified continuing education sponsor for contractors and frequent lecturer statewide, nationally, and internationally on construction-related topics. He also has extensive experience in non-construction business litigation involving contracts, corporations and other business entities, commercial torts, and creditor’s rights. [complete bio]


Thomas J. Code

Mr. Code is a Board Certified Construction attorney with a broad range of experience in the areas of civil litigation, complex and commercial litigation, arbitration, contract issues and corporate decision-making. Fully bilingual in Spanish and English, he has represented diverse business interests ranging from developers, contractors, and property owners to financial institutions, hotel owners, pharmaceutical companies and multinational companies in breach of contract, product liability and other litigation.

Prior to joining the Firm, he served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Robert M. Gross at the Fourth District Court of Appeal. He also gained valuable experience as an Assistant General Counsel for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.  [complete bio]


Sanjay Kurian

Mr. Kurian is a Board Certified Construction Lawyer and is a member of the Firm’s Construction Law and Litigation groups. Mr. Kurian has substantial experience representing owners and developers in a variety of construction cases. Mr. Kurian has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating construction contracts for owners and developers. Mr. Kurian has also drafted and negotiated numerous service contracts on behalf of Association clients. Mr. Kurian has lectured frequently on construction defect litigation, construction warranties, mold issues and hurricane preparedness and recovery. Mr. Kurian is also a contributor on construction, contract, insurance and litigation issues to the Firm’s Community Association & HOA law blog.

Prior to joining the Firm, he served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Robert M. Gross at the Fourth District Court of Appeal. He also gained valuable experience as an Assistant General Counsel for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.  [complete bio]