Mr. 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.  ​

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Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1972
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Middle, Western
    • Arkansas: Eastern
    • Florida: Northern
    • Mississippi: Northern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
    • 6th Circuit
    • 11th Circuit
  • Tennessee Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Civic Involvement

  • Memphis Jewish Federation
    • Former Board Member
  • Memphis Jewish Home
    • Former Board Member
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
    • Man of the Year (2002)


  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 2012-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Litigation – Construction, 2011-2022
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation: Business, 2006-2021
  • American College of Construction Lawyers Fellow, 1996-2017
  • American College of Construction Lawyers Foundation
    • Board of Directors, Secretary
  • Don L. Smith Award in Recognition of Lifetime Achievement in the Advancement of Tennessee Construction Law, 2010

Education & Honors

  • University of Memphis School of Law, J.D., 1972
  • University of Missouri, B.A., 1969


  • Mr. Less has been involved with numerous private and public projects serving as counsel for owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, design professionals, financial institutions, insurance companies and sureties.  He has handled contract drafting, contract negotiation, dispute resolution and transactional matters for clients engaged in the construction industry.  He has also represented clients in contract litigation and arbitration throughout the United States.

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, “Legislative Updates in Tennessee Construction Law,” Half Moon Seminars, Memphis, Tenn., October 2020.
  • Presenter, The Rights and Obligations of a Project Manager, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Memphis, TN, 2014)
  • Presenter, Surety Law, the Basics and Litigation and Arbitration Strategies for Dealing with the Surety, Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel, 2012 Annual Meeting (Nashville, TN, 2012)
  • Author, The Construction Law Handbook/Tennessee Practice Series, Vol. 27, (West Publications, 2010 Edition thru 2017 Edition)
  • Contributing Editor, The Law of Payment Bonds, Second Edition (ABA Book Publishing, 2011)
  • Presenter, The Presentation of a Payment Bond Claim, American Bar Association, FSLC/TIPS - The Law of Payment Bonds, 2011 Spring Meeting Program (Lake Geneva, WI, 2011)
  • Presenter, Calculating and Defining the Surety's Time to Complete, American Bar Association, FSLC-TIPS/Forum on the Construction Industry - The Critical Construction Issues Facing the Performing Surety, 2011 Mid-Winter Meeting Program (New York, NY, 2011)
  • Presenter, The Troubled Project: Strategies for Dealing with the Surety, American College of Construction Lawyers, 2010 Annual Meeting (San Diego, CA, 2010)
  • Presenter, Dispute Resolution: Remedies for Non Payment; Statutes Affecting Construction, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry - Fundamentals of Construction Law: Learn the Basics from the Pros (Nashville, TN, 2009)
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