Christopher Solop
Christopher Solop
Phone: 601.987.4822
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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 thirty (30) 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; gas line installation/construction and horizontal directional drilling; defective plans and specifications claims; insurance claims and coverage issues; 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. He is also General Counsel for the Associated General Contractors of Mississippi.  

Chris's experience also includes insurance claims and coverage issues, 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 an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and 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
Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA)
America's Top 100 Attorneys, Construction Litigation
Mississippi Business Journal - Leadership in Law (2013)
Best Lawyers in Construction Law (2011-18)
Best Lawyers in Government Contracts Law (2015-18)
Publications & Events
Co-authored Encyclopedia of Mississippi Law, Chapter 19, Construction Law
Author, Bond Claims, Contractor Claims and Subcontractor Issues (2017)
Author, Litigation: Allegations, Defenses, and Proving Your Case (2015)
Seminar: MS Procurement Law (2017)
Seminar: MS Construction Lien Law (2017)
Seminar: Construction Mediation and Arbitration (2017)
Seminar: Construction Law Seminar (2011)
Seminar: AIA Contracts in Mississippi (2004)
Co-authored The Contractor's Deskbook (1996)
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)
Co-authored Mississippi Construction Law (1993)
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
Reported Decisions
Hemphill Constr. Co. v. City of Clarksdale, 2018 Miss. LEXIS 356; 2018 WL 3913255 (Miss. 2018)
D.W. Caldwell, Inc. v. W.G. Yates & Sons Constr. Co.; 242 So.3d 92 (Miss. 2018)
Residential Advantage Dev., LLC v. Ross, 136 So.3d 476 (Miss. Ct. App. 2014)
Rod Cooke Constr. Co. v. Lamar County Sch. Bd.; 135 So.3d 902 (Miss. Ct. App. 2013)
Moran Hauling Inc. v. Dep’t of Fin. & Admin.; 105 So.3d 1126 (Miss. Ct. App. 2012)
Nelson v. City of Horn Lake, 968 So.2d 938 (Miss. 2007)
Younge Mech., Inc. v. Max Foote Constr. Co.; 869 So.2d 1079 (Miss. Ct. App. 2004)
Scott Addison Constr. v. Lauderdale County Sch. Sys.; 789 So.2d 771 (Miss. 2001)
Le Bleu v. Jim Murphy & Assoc., Inc.; 557 So. 2d 526 (Miss. 1990)
United States use of T. L. Wallace Constr., Inc. v. Fireman's Fund Ins. Co.; 790 F.Supp. 680 (S.D. Miss. 1992)
JSI Communs. V. Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co. of Am.; 807 F.3d 725 (5th Cir. 2015)
PYCA Indus., Inc. v. Harrison County Waste Water Mgmt. Dist.; 177 F.3d 351 (5th Cir. 1999)
Common Wealth of Kentucky, Education Cabinet, Department of the Blind v. United States, 62 Fed. Cl. 445 (Fed. Cl. 2004)
N.C. Div. of Servs. for the Blind v. United States, 53 Fed. Cl. 147 (Fed. Cl. 2002)
McMaster Constr., Inc. v. United States, 23 Cl. Ct. 679 (Cl. Ct. 1991)
Commonwealth of Kentucky v. United States, 434 F.3d 1222 (Fed. Cir. 2005)