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David Roberts - Architect and Attorney

David Roberts - Architect and Attorney


David Roberts - Architect and Attorney


David Roberts practiced architecture over 17 years before beginning his legal career. He was the founding partner of an Atlanta architectural firm specializing in corporate projects and projects for local governments, schools, and universities. His view of the law and service to legal clients is inseparable from his years of practical experience in the construction industry.

His legal practice involves a wide range of construction matters, including contractor licensing, design professional licensing, construction-phase documentation, design and construction contracts, construction defects and scheduling claims, government contracts, and dispute avoidance and resolution. He has also served as a construction dispute mediator.

A second particular area of focus in his law practice is copyright law - approached in the context of real estate and construction.

Mr. Roberts is a frequent lecturer on these subjects, and articles he has written on the subject have been published nationally for over a decade.


J.D. 1997, Georgia State University; First Place, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry National Law Student Writing Competition, 1997; Bachelor of Architecture, 1975, Ball State University, Alpha Rho Chi Recipient.

Professional activities

Bar Associations: Past-chair, Atlanta Bar Association, Construction Law Section (Georgia's largest organization of construction lawyers), Member, Board of Directors, 1999-2006; American Bar Association; ABA Forum on the Construction Industry; ABA Intellectual Property Law Section; Founding Editor, Atlanta Bar Association Construction Law Section Newsletter and Georgia Construction Law Update.

Admitted to the Bar 1997, Georgia.

Architectural licensing

Registered Architect: Georgia, 1983-present; Indiana, 1977-2009; formerly licensed to practice in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, and other states.


Member, design faculty at the University of Tennessee School of Architecture: 1980-1986. In the early 1980's, the Lynhurst Foundation in Chattanooga provided a grant to the University of Tennessee School of Architecture, with a request for an idea that might enliven the struggling downtown area. Mr. Roberts envisioned the design of an aquarium with a fresh water-river orientation. His studio class visited Chattanooga, selected a site near an old bridge (the present site of the Tennessee Aquarium ), designed several schemes for an aquarium, and presented their designs in jury to the Lynhurst Foundation at the end of the term. That class project ultimately inspired construction of the Tennessee Aquarium - which, itself, led to the nationally acclaimed revitalization of downtown Chattanooga.