Dickinson Wright PLLC
R. Slade Sevier, Jr. focuses his practice on litigation and contract negotiation related to construction, real estate and development, and general business.
In addition to general contract disputes, Slade's litigation and appellate practice primarily involves representing owners (public and private), developers, tenants, contractors, subcontractors, and designers in various types of construction- and real estate-related disputes involving issues such as construction and design defects, scheduling, disruption and delay claims, codes violations, licensing requirements, payment claims, mechanics’ and materialmen’s liens, prompt pay claims, lease disputes, option and purchase disputes, property line disputes, copyright infringement, eminent domain, property tax appeals, personal injury, wrongful death and consumer protection act claims (TCPA). A significant portion of this practice has involved mediation, arbitration, and judicial settlement conferences.
Slade’s transactional practice primarily involves reviewing, drafting and negotiating construction, design, maintenance, service and other agreements related to real estate development. He has extensive experience with healthcare and higher education development, the forms of the American Institute of Architects (AIA documents) and other design and construction contract forms, and the types of projects have included hospital facilities, medical office buildings, senior living facilities, office towers and tenant build-outs, industrial facilities, utility improvements, apartments, condominiums, on-campus residential facilities and single-family residential, retail, hospitality and entertainment venues, and mixed-use developments throughout the country.
He is also a patent attorney registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and a Professional Engineer with an active license in Tennessee. Before his legal career, Slade was a civil engineer with a local design firm. This experience involved commercial, industrial and residential developments, construction permitting, zoning and code compliance, surveying, roadway and traffic design, construction supervision, utility and infrastructure design, earthwork, site grading, floodplain analysis, stormwater management, and dam design.