Christopher Solop
Christopher Solop
Phone: 601.987.4822
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American Arbitration Association Panel Member
America's Top 100
ABOUT Christopher Solop

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-eight (28) 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 and is General Counsel for the Associated General Contractors of Mississippi. Chris has also been a guest lecturer at Mississippi College School of Law on Mississippi Procurement Law and Construction Arbitration.

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.

Practice Areas
University of Mississippi, J.D., cum laude (1987)
Arizona State University, B.S. Environment Resources in Agriculture (1977)
U.S. Forest Service, Range Conservationist Louisiana (Kasatchie National Forest 1977-79) and Mississippi (DeSoto National Forest) (1979-1984)
Bar Admissions
Mississippi State and Federal Courts
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Tennessee State and Middle District Courts
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit
AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
Listed by Best Lawyers in Construction Law, 2011-17
Listed by Best Lawyers in Government Contracts Law, 2015-17
Mississippi Business Journal - Leadership in Law 2013
Publications & Events
Co-authored The Contractor's Deskbook (1996)
Co-authored Mississippi Construction Law (1993)
Co-authored Mississippi Construction Law: What To Do When...? National Business Institute (1988 and 1992)
Co-authored Fifty State Public Construction Contracting (Mississippi chapter), Wiley Law Publications (1996)
Seminar: AIA Contracts in Mississippi (2004)
Seminar: Construction Law Seminar (2011)
Membership & Affiliations
General Counsel for Mississippi Chapter of Associated General Contractors
Former Member of the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation
Arbitrator for American Arbitration Association (Construction Panel)
Certified Mediator (Mississippi Supreme Court)
The Mississippi Bar
Capital Area Bar Association
American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section and Construction Forum
DRI - Construction Division