Christopher Solop

Christopher Solop

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Construction Litigation Attorney in Jackson, MS

Biggs, Ingram & Solop, PLLC
 | 111 East Capitol Street, Suite 101
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: 601-713-1192
Fax: 601-713-2049
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Construction Litigation: Business (60%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%),
  • Government Contracts (10%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

Christopher Solop leads the firm’s Construction Litigation and Government Contracts sections. Chris has extensive experience representing clients in all areas of construction and government contracts,  including pre- and post award protests, equitable adjustment and claim preparation, and litigation. Chris’s practice also includes arbitration and mediation of complex construction claims.

Chris's experience in construction law and litigation spans more than thirty (30) years. Representing both public and private clients in the industry,  Chris has been an advocate for their interests from contract bidding and negotiation through resolution of claims. He has pursued successful bid protests before federal, state, and local authorities. His construction claim and litigation experience includes both "above" and "below ground" construction of commercial and residential projects: gas line installation/construction and horizontal directional drilling; levee construction and rehabilitation; dock construction; dredging; military family housing construction; highway and infrastructure construction.  Claims issues have involved  defective plans and specifications; insurance coverage and defense; scheduling, acceleration, and delays; constructive changes; variations in estimated quantities; site access and differing site conditions; terminations for default and convenience; and productivity and loss of efficiency claims.  Chris has also litigated numerous payment and performance bond claims associated with contract disputes.  His experience includes negotiating tender and takeover agreements with sureties where the contractor has defaulted on its performance obligations and defending against surety claims under the general indemnity agreement.  He has also represented clients in timber trespass claims, and his prior experience with the U.S Forestry Service uniquely positions him to understand all aspects of the timber industry.     

Chris’s public procurement experience extends to services contracts with federal, state, and local governments, including: contracts for military food service, Randolph Sheppard Act vendor litigation and arbitration, and military family housing maintenance.

Chris represents owners, prime contractors, and subcontractors. He has arbitrated, mediated, and tried numerous construction and commercial disputes. He is also General Counsel for the Associated General Contractors of Mississippi. 

Chris's experience also includes representing large and small construction and service contractors on all aspects of federal and state acquisition issues, including: award protests; small-business size protests; Section 8(a) issues; U.S. Small Business Administration HUBZone, Mentor-Protégé, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small business procurement program and other programs; disputes, claims, and appeals. He has prepared numerous joint venture and teaming agreements that have been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration to the advantage of large and small companies under various small-business assistance programs.

Chris is an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and a certified mediator and arbitrator on the Mississippi State Bar's List.

 

 

About Christopher Solop

Admitted: 1987, Mississippi

Professional Webpage: https://bislawyers.com/attorneys/17

Honors/Awards:

  • AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Charter Fellow of CLSA which is a an invitation-only construction lawyer honorary society with membership limited to 1,200 practicing Fellows from the United States and internationally., Charter Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA), 2019
  • I received Best Lawyers in Construction Law for the past 9 years (2011 - 2019)., Best Lawyers in Construction Law, Best Lawyers, 2019
  • Attorneys are selected to Mississippi Business Journal's Leadership in Law based on both legal successes and qualities of character. Leadership in Law honorees exemplify the noble tradition of the legal profession; win cases and solve problems with the utmost integrity; inspire and lead others with their skills and character; are role models and mentors; and are passionate and aggressive on behalf of clients and the community., Leadership in Law, Mississippi Business Journal, 2013
  • I received Best Lawyers in Government Contracts for the past 5 years (2015  - 2019)., Best Lawyers in Government Contracts, Best Lawyers of America, 2019

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Mississippi State and Federal Courts, 1987
  • Tennessee State Bar, 2005

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • I co-authored Chapter 19 in the Encylopedia of Mississippi Law, Construction Law., Co-author, Encyclopedia of Mississippi Law, Construction Law, Chapter 19, Construction Law

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Christopher Solop received a favorable ruling from the Mississippi Supreme Court on behalf of his client Hemphill Construction Company, Inc. The Court determined that where the apparent low bidder’s price exceeds the allocated funds for the project by more than ten percent (10%), the governing authority must reject all bids, secure additional funding or change the plans to bring the project within the allocated funds and re-advertise for bids. The decision is also briefed in the August 17, 2018 addition of Justia Weekly Opinions under the category of Government Contracts., 2018

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Educational Background:

  • Arizona State University, B.S. Environmental Resources in Agriculture, 1977
  • University of Mississippi, J.D., cum laude, 1987

Industry Groups

  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Government Contracts
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Office Location for Christopher Solop

111 East Capitol Street
Suite 101
Jackson, MS 39201

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Last Updated: 8/23/2019

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