Claramargaret H. Groover

Of Counsel

cgroover@bplegal.com
Professional Experience

Claramargaret (“Claire”) Groover is of counsel to the firm, specializing in construction law. She devotes her practice to complex project development, negotiating and documenting performance requirements on condominium, mixed-use, and lease-back transactions as well as public-private partnership projects, and coordinating the client’s construction and financing requirements.  

Claire’s experience spans from early stage land development, bidding and bid protests, consultant and construction contracting through contract close-out and claims resolution representing clients in mediation, arbitration and litigation. She also counsels clients applying for licensure or defending their professional licenses before regulatory boards.

In her years of practice she has represented every aspect of the construction industry including owners, architects, engineers, surveyors, construction managers and owner’s representatives, constructors, suppliers, subcontractors, and their insurers and surety companies. Her early years through college and graduation were spent working in the family construction services, building supply, roadbuilding, and development business enterprises, giving her a unique, firsthand understanding of demands of entrepreneurs in the construction industry.
  • One-third of career spent in-house, first as Director of Legal Affairs addressing design and construction issues for a world class theme park developer in its $2.5B Central Florida park expansion.
  • Senior legal counsel to the world’s leading general aviation service provider in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. She handled real estate leasing at over 30 domestic airports, construction contracting and claims resolution for various projects including general aviation terminals and airport fuel facilities projects, and other operational, corporate, and risk management concerns.
  • Served on the Board of Directors for National Semi-Trailer Corporation (2005-2011), a 35-year-old, Orlando-based corporation that is a market leader in overland trailer leasing and sales.

Recognition

Claire is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and she has been selected as a Florida Super Lawyer each year since 2009. She is an invited Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America.

She currently serves on the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law (2017-2020), having previously served as Chair (2015-2017) of its Division 12 Owners & Project Finance. She is also a member of  The Florida Bar Construction Law Committee, chairing its Subcommittee on Construction Transactions. In addition to her Florida Bar certification in construction law, she is certified as a Circuit Civil and Appellate Mediator. She is a Panel Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and is qualified as a Florida Arbitrator. 

Publications and Presentations

Ms. Groover has been a featured speaker at professional and industry groups on topics such as insurance and surety bonding, contracting, value engineering, partnering, and resolving construction defects during ongoing operations including, “Transition from In-house Counsel to Private Practice” – ABA Forum on Construction Law – Nashville, Tennessee – April 2016;   “Lessons Learned from Troubled Projects - Completing Your Project Successfully or Salvage Operation” Part I – Construction Management Association of America – Capital Projects Symposium – Austin, Texas – May 2016; “Lessons Learned from Troubled Projects – How to Triage a Troubled Project” Part II – CMAA National Conference – San Diego, California October 2016 ; Florida Bar Contractor’s University – Licensing, Close-out, Liquidated Damages, Liens, Payment Claims, Trench Act and OSHA – September 2016; “How to Build Your Career as Corporate Counsel” – ABA Forum on Construction Law – Boca Raton, Florida April 2016; Case Note:  “JBD Constr., Inc. v Mid-Continental Cas. Co, 2014: Construction Defects, Coverage Consideration, and Practice Points,” Insurance Matters!, Vol. 3, Issue 1 2014-2015; “Owner’s Discovery of Defective Work” – ABA Forum on Construction Law – New Orleans, Louisiana April 2014; “Contracting Considerations under Florida’s Public-Private Partnership Law” – Miami, Florida March 2015; Value Engineering:  Bain of Existence or Benefit to All –ABA Forum on Construction Law Houston 2016; Working with Your Insurance Broker – Insurance and Indemnity Consideration” – Edson Agency Seminar Series; “OCIPs, CCIPs, and other Insurance Considerations in Contracting” – ABA Forum on Construction Law – Bonita Springs, Florida Jan 2007 ; “Advocacy in Partnering: Do Lawyers Have a Place at Partnering?”  ABA Forum on Construction Law – Dallas, Texas 1998.

She co-chaired the 2013 ABA Forum on Construction Law – Capital Projects: P3s, Design-Build, and Beyond – Washington, DC.

Earlier publications included “So You Want to Build a Hotel?” -  AAHOA Lodging Business Magazine (2007); “Reconsidering the Statute of Repose: A Reasonable Reduction”, The Florida Architect (1992); “Two Generations of A201 General Conditions: Evolution of the Document”, Co-authored (1988).

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Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States
Education
  • University of Florida, J.D.
  • Stetson University, B.A.