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D. Scott Gurney

Great American Tower, Suite 3300, 301 East Fourth Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Firm: Frost Brown Todd LLC
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Frost Brown Todd LLC

Years In Practice


Phone Number (513) 651-6841

Scott Gurney is a top-ranked construction attorney, mediator and arbitrator. Scott has been recognized as a leading construction attorney by peer review groups including Chambers USA Client Guide® and The Best Lawyers in America®, and has an AV® Rating (“Preeminent–Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence”) by Martindale-Hubbell®. In 2018, Scott was named Litigation – Construction “Lawyer of the Year” in Southwest Ohio by The Best Lawyers in America®. In 2017, Scott was selected as a founding Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America, an invitation-only international honorary association composed of preeminent lawyers specializing in construction law and related fields. Scott is a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry.

Scott represents and advises project owners, construction managers, general contractors, trade and specialty contractors, and other construction clients on risk management, contract drafting and negotiation, bid disputes, mechanic's liens and payment disputes, schedule delay and disruption claims, defect claims, and mediation, arbitration and litigation of construction disputes. Scott's experience includes:

  • Lead trial attorney for a steel fabricator and erector in a 15-day jury trial on claims against construction manager/general contractor, design-builder, and project owner for unpaid extra scope work due to design changes. Jury verdict for full prayer resulted in $1.1 million judgment affirmed by Kentucky Supreme Court. Superior Steel, Inc. v. Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge, LLC, 2017 Ky. LEXIS 511 (December 14, 2017).
  • Lead arbitration attorney defending national construction manager/general contractor in a nine-day arbitration hearing in Nashville, Tennessee on $3.5 million claim by drywall subcontractor on a large federal construction project. Arbitration panel awarded the amount suggested by our client’s expert witness, which was several hundred thousand dollars less than the amount previously rejected by the claimant subcontractor and less than one-sixth of the amount demanded. FBT handled this matter on an alternative fee arrangement (guaranteed maximum fee).
  • Lead trial attorney for a paving contractor in federal court dispute with a regional airport authority and engineering firm relating to design and construction of a new runway in Bentonville, Arkansas. Plaintiff contractor client sought project acceptance and close-out, payment of $4 million contract balance and retainage, and compensation for delays and extra-scope work. Defendant airport authority counterclaimed claiming defective work and other damages. Case resolved in 3-day mediation before any depositions, with contractor client receiving project acceptance, full contract and retainage balance, and substantial recovery on delay and scope claims.
  • Regularly represents and advises Engineering News-Record-ranked glass and glazing contractor on multi-million dollar curtainwall contracts with national CM/GC firms for hi-rise office, condominium and hospital projects.

Scott also serves as a facilitator, mediator, early neutral evaluator and arbitrator in construction disputes. He has received mediator training from Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, the #1 dispute resolution program as rated by U.S. News & World Report and is a member of CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution. Scott is on the National Roster of the American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) Construction Industry arbitrators.

Scott is a member of the Board of Directors of Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Ohio – Cincinnati Division and is a past member of the Board of Directors of Allied Construction Industries (ACI). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Spirit of Construction Foundation and co-chaired its 2015 Gala.

Scott is a frequent presenter at national and regional construction conferences, including:

  • International Risk Management Institute (IRMI)
  • Construction Risk Conference Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management
  • Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA)
  • Allied Construction Industries (ACI)
  • Ohio Contractors Association (OCA)

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Lawyer of the Year recognition for D. Scott Gurney
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
Litigation - Construction, Cincinnati (2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in America - 2018 Lawyer of the Year (Litigation-Construction: Cincinnati)
Indiana University Bloomington, Law Degree
Graduated 1986
Indiana University, B.A. English Literature
Graduated 1983
Contact Details and Office Locations
Great American Tower, Suite 3300, 301 East Fourth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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