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Deborah Cazan

Alston & Bird LLP

Atlanta, GA, USA

Deborah Cazan is an experienced construction law attorney and business counselor. She advises and represents owners, developers, investors and contractors through every stage of a project from its inception and initial planning, including drafting and negotiating sophisticated contracts, to helping with distressed assets and workouts. She also represents clients in litigation, arbitration and mediation of construction, development and real estate related disputes including claims for delay, acceleration, interference, defective construction, defective design, scope changes and other issues. Working with her partners, Deborah also assists clients in resolving other real estate related legal problems such as environmental contamination claims, remediation and tax issues. She also drafts and negotiates project shut-down and completion delay agreements, which may be necessary due to unanticipated funding issues.

Deborah regularly presents seminars to clients and industry groups on a variety of construction and real estate subjects. In 2009, she was a presenter at the Construction Superconference in San Francisco, California, where she addressed the necessary steps for planning a successful construction project in today’s market. In 2008, Ms. Cazan was an instructor at the Association of General Contractors (AGC) Supervisory Training Program addressing “Contract Documents and Construction Law.” She also spoke on three panels at the Construction Owners Seminar at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center addressing “Administrative Processes and Internal Controls to Prevent Liens and Other Disputes,” “Avoiding Construction Delay Claims and Disputes,” and “Effective Strategies for Mediation and Arbitration.”

In May 2008, she presented a speech on “Allocating Risks and Potential Liabilities in a Construction Contract” at the commercial real estate session of the 30th Annual Real Property Law Institute. In past years, Deborah has also been a speaker at the GAPPA (Georgia Association of Physical Plan Administrators), SRAPPA (Southeastern Regional Association of Physical Plant Administrators), and SPECS (Store Planning, Equipment, Construction Services Seminars) annual conferences.

She earned her J.D. in 2001 from Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt, she served as a notes editor for the Journal Of Entertainment Law And Practice. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, in speech communication from the University of Illinois, where she graduated with departmental distinction in 1998.


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