Reese J. Henderson, Jr. - Attorney at Law

50 North Laura Street
Suite 1100
Jacksonville, Florida 32202

P 904-598-9929
F 904-598-9109
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Biography

Reese is a shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Jacksonville office and has been recognized as an expert in construction law by The Florida Bar as a board certified construction attorney since 2006. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating given, and has been selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers from 2011 through 2018. He also was selected for inclusion in the 2017 and 2018 editions of Best Lawyers in America. He has more than 20 years of experience handling a variety of construction-related matters for owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, materialmen, sureties, manufacturers and condominium associations. He has handled litigation and arbitration matters in state and federal court and before the American Arbitration Association in both Florida and Georgia. Substantial litigation matters handled include construction lien and payment bond claims, construction defect claims, insurance coverage for construction defect claims, and breach of contract and termination claims, including liquidated damages and acceleration damages claims. Substantial construction defect matters handled include roof design and construction, mechanical equipment design and construction, building envelope performance and post-tensioned concrete building pad failure issues. Reese also advises clients on construction licensing and defense of licensing board enforcement actions. He has drafted and negotiated construction contracts for owners, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers, including the prime contract for a $22 million power plant expansion project in the U.S. Virgin Islands and a $9 million major tenant build out for a prominent downtown Jacksonville office building.

Reese served a three-year term as chair of the Florida Construction Law Institute, and currently serves as vice chair of the Florida Construction Law Committee, which is a constituent committee of the Florida Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section of The Florida Bar. He is also active in the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry and in various industry trade organizations, including Associated Builders and Contractors.

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Education
  • Berea College, B.A. (cum laude, 1989)
  • Vanderbilt University, J.D. (1992)
    • Vanderbilt Law Review, Managing Editor, 1991-1992
    • Law Clerk to the Honorable Howard T. Snyder, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1992-1994 
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
    • Admitted 1993
    • Board Certified Construction Law Attorney, 2006-present
    • Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section
      • Construction Law Committee
        • Vice Chair, 2016-present
        • Legislative Chair, 2009-2012
      • Construction Law Institute
        • Chair, 2013-2016
        • Co-Vice Chair, 2010-2012
  • Florida Supreme Court
    • Certified Mediator, 2015-present
  • State Bar of Georgia
    • Admitted 2005
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on the Construction Industry, 2001-present
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
    • Member, 1994-present
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Florida's First Coast Chapter
    • Member, 2002-present
Admissions
  • Florida, 1993
  • Georgia, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1994
Awards & Recognitions
  • Best Lawyers In America©, Construction Law, 2017-2019
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation, 2011-2018
  • AV Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2003-present
  • The Florida Bar, Board Certified in Construction Law, 2006-present
Civic
  • Leadership St. Johns, Class of 2015
  • ACE Mentor Program of Northeast Florida, Inc., Board Member, 2009-2011 
  • Christ Episcopal Church
Presentations & Seminars
  • "Altman Contractors, Inc. v. Crum & Forster Specialty Insurance Company: Balancing the Interests Surrounding Potential Insurance Coverage for Chapter 558 Notices of Claim," Joint Meeting of the Construction Law Committee and Insurance and Surety Committee of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar, St. Augustine, Florida, February 23, 2018
  • “Insurance & Indemnity,” ABA Forum on the Construction Law Course on Construction Contracts, Jacksonville, Florida, February 26, 2016
  • "Georgia Lien Law," Associated Builders and Contractors First Coast Legal Series, Jacksonville, Florida, August 2015
  • "AIA Form Documents: A312 Bond Form (2010) & B101 (2007) Contract Documents, and A133 (2009) and A121CMc (2003)," The Florida Bar Advanced Construction Law Certification Review Course, Orlando, Florida, March 2015
  • "Construction Liens in Arbitration," The Florida Bar 8th Annual Construction Law Institute, Orlando, Florida, March 2015
  • “AIA Form Documents: A312 Bond Form (2010) & B101 (2007) Contract Documents, and A133 (2009) and A121CMc (2003)," The Florida Bar Advanced Construction Law Certification Review Course, Orlando, Florida, March 2014
  • "AIA Form Documents: A312, Bond Form (2010) & B101 (2007) Contract Documents, and A133 (2009) and A121CMc (2003)," The Florida Bar Construction Certification Review Course, March 2013
  • “Prompt Payment in Florida,” The Florida Bar Construction Certification Review Course, April 2011
  • “Construction Lien Law in Florida,” Lorman Seminars, July 2010
  • “Preparing Your Construction Contracts for Profit and Protection,” Northeast Florida Builders Association, September 23, 2010
  • “Contracts for Remodelers,” Northeast Florida Builders Association, September 2009
  • “AIA Contacts,” Lorman Seminars, August 2008
  • “Preparing Your Construction Contracts for Profit and Protection,” Northeast Florida Builders Association, April 3, 2008
  • “Construction Lien Law,” Lorman Seminars, May 2008
  • “Preparing Your Construction Contracts for Profit and Protection,” Northeast Florida Builders Association, April 19, 2007
  • “Construction Lien Law in Florida,” Lorman Seminars, May 11, 2006
Articles & Publications
  • "Altman Contractors, Inc. v. Crum & Forster Specialty Insurance Company: Balancing the Interests Surrounding Potential Insurance Coverage for Ch. 558 Notices of Claim," The Florida Bar Journal, November 2018
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