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— John. P Caponigro | Henry Wineman III | Eric Scheible | J. Christian Hauser | Roy Luttmann —

J. Christian Hauser

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STATUS: PARTNER

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Probate & Trust Litigation
  • Sports & Entertainment Law

CONTACT

Frasco Caponigro Wineman
& Scheible, PLLC
1301 W. Long Lake, Suite 250
Troy, Michigan 48098
(248) 334-6767
(248) 334-0999 (fax)
ch@frascap.com

EXPERTISE/EXPERIENCE

One of Christian’s specialties is in the area of construction law. Mr. Hauser has extensive experience with the full spectrum of legal tasks associated with a construction project, from negotiating the contract to participating in dispute resolution proceedings, the preparation and prosecution of fee and delay claims, as well as litigation. He has represented a wide variety of clients in the construction area, including suppliers, subcontractors, general contractors, owners, design professionals, and sureties. Christian is also proficient in the use of alternative dispute resolution methodologies, including mediation and arbitration.

In addition, Christian is a member of the American Arbitration Association  Panel of Construction Arbitrators and Mediators.

EDUCATION AND DEGREES

  • J.D. 1997 University of Detroit School of Law
  • B.S.B.A. 1994 Aquinas College

HISTORY WITH FIRM

  • Head of the Firm’s Construction Law Division
  • Joined Firm in November, 2005 from the Bloomfield Hills-based firm Thomas M. Keranen & Associates, P.C.

JURISDICTIONS ADMITTED

  • State of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims, Washington D.C.

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES

  • Residential Builder (Michigan)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Bar Association (Construction Industry Forum)
  • Construction Association of Michigan
  • Associated General Contractors of Michigan
  • Chairperson, City of Rochester Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

SPEECHES/PUBLICATIONS

  • Lecturer, Eastern Michigan University, Construction Law Seminar (2012)
  • Lecturer, “Legal Concerns for the Building Enclosure” (AIA Detroit – 2011)
  • Lecturer, “Changes to the 2007 AIA Contract” (AIA Detroit – 2010)
  • Lecturer, “Resolving the Construction Legal Dispute” (Lorman Educational Services – 2007)
  • Lecturer, Eastern Michigan University, Construction Law Seminar (2006)
  • Claim Prevention for Design Professionals, “Resolving the Professional Malpractice Claim” (Lorman Education Services – 2001)
  • Author, Understanding MISS DIG, (American Fence Association, 2001)

RESULTS

  • Obtained a $2.1 million verdict in favor of plaintiff in a lawsuit brought by a major demolition contractor arising out of delay damages and additional work in connection with a university project in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Received a ‘No Cause of Action’ verdict on behalf of a plastic extrusion manufacturer, after a five-day trial where the plaintiff sought $4.6 million in damages.
  • Successfully arbitrated a $550,000 breach of contract claim on behalf of a contractor against a local casino who refused to acknowledge substantial extra work done on a time and material basis.
  • Defended and significantly reduced a substantial claim against a contractor brought by a trucking company for work arising out of a demolition project in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Negotiated a million dollar settlement on behalf of a client, a global mechanical contractor, arising out of renovation work performed at a major building in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Recovered millions of dollars in additional work authorizations and change orders on behalf of underground contractors, masons, electrical contractors, steel suppliers, and various other trades.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a defendant general contractor and surety in defending Miller Act bond claim.
  • Prepared numerous Requests for Equitable Adjustment on behalf of firm clients seeking additional compensation for delays, interferences, loss of productivity and efficiency on projects throughout the country.
  • Successfully negotiated contracts on behalf of both contractors and owners relating to large, complicated development and commercial projects.
  • Obtained substantial settlement on behalf of an electrical contractor who brought a claim against the Michigan Department of Transportation arising out of electrical renovations and upgrades performed on the Mackinac Bridge.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Christian is also very active in the local running and fitness community, having completed 20 marathons (including five Boston Marathon finishes) and dozens of half-marathons. Christian also volunteers his time and legal resources to the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, an organization based in Rochester Hills, Michigan, that develops and trains distance runners for national and international competition including the Olympic Games.

RECOGNITIONS

  • 2013 Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit (Construction Litigation) dBusiness Magazine
  • 2012 Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit (Construction Law, Construction Litigation) dBusiness Magazine
  • 2009-2012 Rising Star, Michigan Super Lawyers
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