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Two Butler Snow Attorneys Present at Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel

Butler Snow attorneys Michael I. Less and Kathryn K. Van Namen presented at the fall annual meeting of the Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel (TACC) in Nashville on Friday, November 8. Along with Zachary D. Kates of Thornton Tomasetti, Less and Van Namen presented a case study concerning improper design and construction and lessons learned from the subsequent litigation.

TACC is a not-for-profit professional association that serves the needs of Tennessee attorneys with practices specifically related to the construction industry. The Association presently consists of more than 100 attorneys from across the state with practices serving contractors, building material and equipment suppliers, architects, engineers, and building owners and developers.

Less is the Chair of the Butler Snow Task Force for the Construction Industry and concentrates his practice in all aspects of Construction Law, including drafting and negotiating design contracts, construction contracts and various other construction industry related agreements. He provides legal problem-solving advice to clients while projects are under construction and represents clients in disputes, both in court and alternative dispute resolution.  ​

​Van Namen is a member of the Butler Snow’s Commercial Litigation practice group. She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Mississippi and concentrates her practice in the areas of general and commercial civil litigation. Van Namen has experience counseling and representing clients in all aspects of the construction industry, including contract negotiations, project management issues and complex construction litigation. She also routinely handles breach of contract suits, product liability cases, intellectual property matters and business tort claims including lender liability, unfair competition, theft of trade secrets and fraud and other complex litigation.