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Thomas E. Abernathy

  • Senior Counsel, Construction Group
  • Smith, Currie & Hancock. L.L.P.
  • 2700 Marquis One Tower
    245 Peachtree Center Avenue, N.E.
  • Atlanta, Georgia 30303-1227


  • Undergraduate: BA Vanderbilt University, 1963
  • Law School: Vanderbilt University, 1967

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers (1990-present)
  • Board of Governors, American College of Construction Lawyers (2004-2006)
  • Chair, ABA Section of Public Contract Law (1983-1984)
  • Member, ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry

ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, ABA Section of Public Contract Law

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

  • Co-Editor, Federal Government Construction Contracts, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2010)
  • Contributing Author, Construction Business Handbook, Aspen Publishers (2004)
  • “Changed Conditions/Edition II”, Construction Briefings, 2000-9, West Group (September 2000)
  • “Developments in Federal Construction Contracts,” Wiley Construction Law Update (1992-1999), Wiley Law Publications
  • “Resolving Government Construction Claims Without Litigation,” 93-10 Briefing Papers, Federal Publications, Inc. (September 1993)

Tom has made presentations on construction and government contract law to bar associations including: the ABA Public Contract Law Section; the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry and the ABA Fidelity & Surety Committee of the Torts and Insurance Practice Section; the State Bar of Georgia; educational institutions including Georgia Institute of Technology; University of Wisconsin Engineering School; Florida State University and Emory University; and government agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. General Services Administration.

Court Admissions

  • State of Georgia
  • State of Tennessee
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Courts (GA and TN)

Community Activities

  • U.S. Army, Captain (1967-1971)
  • Chairman, Metro-Atlanta Advisory Board, The Salvation Army (1997-2000)
  • Chairman, Metro-Atlanta Social Services Advisory Council, The Salvation Army (1994-1995)

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