CHRISTOPHER SOLOP
Phone: 601.987.4822
csolop@bislawyers.com

Christopher Solop leads 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, equitable adjustment and claim preparation, and litigation. Chris’s practice also includes arbitration and mediation of complex construction claims.

Chris's experience in construction law and litigation spans more than thirty (30) years. Representing both public and private clients in the industry,  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 claim and litigation experience includes both "above" and "below ground" construction of commercial and residential projects: gas line installation/construction and horizontal directional drilling; levee construction and rehabilitation; dock construction; dredging; military family housing construction; highway and infrastructure construction.  Claims issues have involved  defective plans and specifications; insurance coverage and defense; scheduling, acceleration, and delays; constructive changes; variations in estimated quantities; site access and differing site conditions; terminations for default and convenience; and productivity and loss of efficiency claims.  Chris has also litigated numerous payment and performance bond claims associated with contract disputes.  His experience includes negotiating tender and takeover agreements with sureties where the contractor has defaulted on its performance obligations and defending against surety claims under the general indemnity agreement.  He has also represented clients in timber trespass claims, and his prior experience with the U.S Forestry Service uniquely positions him to understand all aspects of the timber industry.     

Chris’s public procurement experience extends to services contracts with federal, state, and local governments, including: contracts for military food service, Randolph Sheppard Act vendor litigation and arbitration, and military family housing maintenance.

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 representing large and small construction and service contractors on all aspects of federal and state acquisition issues, including: award protests; small-business size protests; Section 8(a) issues; U.S. Small Business Administration HUBZone, Mentor-Protégé, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small business procurement program and other programs; disputes, claims, and appeals. 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 and small companies under various small-business assistance programs.

Chris is an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and a certified mediator and arbitrator on the Mississippi State Bar's List.






EDUCATION

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

DISTINCTIONS

AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review

Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA)

Mississippi Business Journal - Leadership in Law (2013)

Best Lawyers in Construction Law (2011-19)

Best Lawyers in Government Contracts Law (2015-19)

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)

MEMBERSHIPS & 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)