Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Mr. Sugar's practice is devoted to construction industry counseling and dispute avoidance and resolution. He represents institutional owners, including colleges and universities, hospitals and other health care providers.
He is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and its affinity group Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers. Mr. Sugar also represents other participants in the construction industry, including contractors, subcontractors and design professionals, including some of the largest contractors in the Mid-Atlantic region.
His extensive general counsel work includes drafting and negotiating design and construction contracts of all types; furnishing project advice and negotiating project disputes; and compliance with applicable law including MBE, Davis-Bacon, OSHA and related matters. Mr. Sugar's dispute resolution experience includes trials, arbitrations, administrative hearings and mediations. He has substantial experience handling government and private construction claims, mechanics' liens, construction defects, design negligence and surety disputes. Engagements have included projects for student housing, libraries, parking, research facilities, fine arts and performing arts centers, student commons and dining facilities on university campuses; construction of new and expanded hospital and other health care facilities; industrial and infrastructure construction including manufacturing, water and wastewater, power generation and transportation; commercial office and retail structures and condominiums.
Mr. Sugar has served as both a neutral and party arbitrator in domestic and international construction disputes and has acted as a mediator.
Mr. Sugar has substantial experience representing clients who provide goods and services to the State of Maryland, City of Baltimore and other public bodies in bid protests and contract claims. He has appeared frequently in procurement matters before the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals. Mr. Sugar has represented companies in a variety of industries doing business with public agencies including construction, health care, information technology, transportation, business consulting services, accounting and durable business equipment.
Mr. Sugar also represents manufacturers of durable goods in domestic and international commercial disputes.
Mr. Sugar’s professional and civic activities include serving on the board of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. The organization, which solicits attorneys to provide pro bono legal services to low-income residents, awarded Mr. Sugar its Leadership Circle Award in 2008. He has served as its president. Mr. Sugar currently serves on the board of the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
Mr. Sugar was appointed by Baltimore City's Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to serve on her Transition Committee for Economic Development and Job Opportunities.
He currently serves as an elected member of the Section Council of the Section on Construction Law of the Maryland State Bar Association.
Mr. Sugar also is a frequent lecturer on topics related to the construction industry and Maryland procurement and has authored numerous papers and articles on subjects ranging from the bidding process and contracts to mechanics' liens and dispute resolution. He is a co-author of Mechanic’s Liens and the Maryland Trust Fund Law and the Maryland Prompt Pay Statute (MICPEL) and co-authored the chapter "Mechanics Liens and Statutory Remedies," in the Maryland Construction Law Deskbook, published by the Construction Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association.