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Michael I. Less

  • Butler Snow LLP
  • 6075 Poplar Avenue, Suite 500
  • Memphis, Tennessee 3819


  • Undergraduate: University of Missouri, 1969
  • Law School: University of Memphis, 1972

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (Member:  Forum Committe on the Construction Industry (Division 12, Steering Committee); Tort and Insurance Practice Section (Fidelity and Surety Law Committee))
  • American College of Construction Lawyers (Member: Board of Governors)
  • Memphis Bar Association
  • National Bond Claims Association, Member
  • Surety Claims Institute, Member
  • Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel, Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member

Professional Affiliations

ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry,ABA Section of Tort Insurance Practice,American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators,Associated Builders & Contractors

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

  • Calculating and Defining the Surety’s Time to Complete, American Bar Association, FSLC-TIPS/Forum on the Construction Industry — The Critical Construction Issues Facing the Performing Surety, 2011 Mid-Winter Meeting Program (New York, NY  2011)
  • The Trouble Project:  Strategies for Dealing with the Surety, American College of Construction Lawyers, 2010 Annual Meeting (San Diego, CA 2010)
  • Dispute Resolution:  Remedies for Non Payment; Statutes Affecting Construction, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry – Fundamentals of Construction Law:  Learn the Basics from the Pros (Nashville, TN 2009)
  • Co-Author:  The Construction Law Handbook, Tennessee Practice Series, Volume 27 (West Publications, 2010 Edition)
  • AIA Contracts in Tennessee, Lorman Education Services (Memphis 2007)
  • Recovery of Interest and Attorneys Fees, Construction Law Handbook, Chapter 42 (Walters Kluwer, Law and Business, 2008-Present)
  • Hurricane Warnings:  Dealing with the Cumulative Effects of RFIs, Change Order Requests and Change Directives, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry – Another Perfect Storm, 2007 Fall Meeting Program (Newport, RI 2007)
  • OCIP and Project Specific Insurance, Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel (Tunica, MS 2007)
  • Project Specific Insurance for Owners, American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, Division 12, Steering Committee, 2007 Mid-Winter Meeting (San Francisco, CA 2007)
  • Building and Construction Documents, Tennessee Practice Series, Chapter 12 (West Publishing 1992-Present)
  • Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Law, The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts:  Understanding the Issues (Tennessee section) (Aspen Publishing, 2001-Present)
  • Advanced Tennessee Construction Law, Professional Education Systems Institute (Memphis, TN 2005)
  • Ten Most Important Recent Construction Cases in Tennessee, Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel (Franklin, TN 2004)
  • Review Performance Bond to Make Sure You’re Protected if Contractor Defaults, School Superintendent’s Insider (October 2003)
  • Art of Arbitration, Tennessee Bar Association (Memphis, TN 2002)
  • Public Contract Code and Competitive Bidding in Tennessee, Lorman Education Services (Memphis, TN 2002)
  • Administration of the Construction Contract, St. Jude Children’s Research Hosptial (Memphis, TN 2002)
  • The Law of Payment Bonds, American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity & Surety Law Committee, Chapter 5 (2001)
  • Construction Contracting for Public Entities in Tennessee, Lorman Education Services (Memphis, TN 2000; 2001)
  • Tennessee Construction Issues, Lorman Education Services (Memphis, TN 2000; 2001)
  • Survey of State Arbitration Statutes, American College of Construction Lawyers (2000)
  • Improving the Odds for a Well Managed Project:  Practical Tips in Casino Construction, The Gaming Lawyer (Summer 2000)
  • Recovery of Interest and Attorney’s Fees, The Aspen Construction Law Handbook (Aspen Publishers 1999)
  • Law of Payment Bonds, American Bar Association (1998)
  • Construction Lien Law in Tennessee, Lorman Education Services (Memphis, TN 1997; 1998; 2000; 2001)

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court, State of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Second Judicial District of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Community Activities

  • Member, Memphis Chamber of Commerce

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