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Katherine L. Heckert

Katherine L. Heckert

Associate

Overview

Katie Heckert, a Florida Board Certified Specialist in Construction Law, advises and represents construction clients in mediation, arbitration, and litigation proceedings.

She has experience resolving complex contract disputes, construction defect disputes, regulatory investigations, and lien and bond disputes. Her clients include nationwide home builders, general contractors, developers, public owners, large project owners, subcontractors, marine contractors, equipment lessors, condominium associations, steel fabricators, and heavy construction companies.

Katie is co-vice chair of the Insurance and Surety Committee of the Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section (RPPTL), and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) co-chair for RPPTL’s Construction Law Committee. Katie also chairs the Annual Half Day CLE Committee of the Construction Law Section for the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

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Experience

  • Represented national home builders and suppliers in defense of construction defect disputes related to defective stucco and mold claims; claims included breach of contract, business torts, fraud, and statutory violations in state and federal courts.
  • Represented national homebuilder in defense of Chinese-manufactured gypsum drywall class actions.
  • Represented subcontractor in the defense of an $85 million defective construction and environmental claim on a phosphate reservoir project.
  • Represented manufacturer in defense of $65 million defective construction claim on a public transit project.
  • Represented manufacturer in indemnity and breach of contract litigation against a subcontractor arising from a construction injury suffered by the subcontractor’s employee in federal court.
  • Lead arbitration counsel for national home builder in defense of construction defect disputes.
  • Represented nation's largest lessor and distributor of industrial and heavy cranes in various lien and bond disputes.

Recognition

  • Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Construction

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar
  • Member of Emerge Tampa Bay
  • Tampa Connection class of 2014-2015

Speaking Engagements

  • “Demand Letters that Work,” National Association of Credit Management (NACM), Florida Statewide Wholesale Building Materials Distribution Group (June 19, 2018)
  • "Electronic Discovery Basics: Practical Considerations and Tips," Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association April CLE Luncheon (April 11, 2017)
  • “Electronically Stored Information (ESI) Collection Processes and Procedures,” Carlton Fields, P.A. Firmwide CLE (August 17, 2015)
  • "How to Use Technology and Social Media Effectively as Affiliate Leaders (CLE)," American Bar Association YLD Spring Conference, Tampa, FL (May 15, 2015)
  • "Everyday Discovery Challenges: The Practical Basics of Electronic Discovery," Carlton Fields, P.A. Firmwide CLE (April 15, 2015)

Credentials

Education
  • George Washington University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2010)
  • University of Missouri–Columbia (MPA, 2007)
  • University of Missouri–Columbia (B.A., magna cum laude, 2005)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Board Certifications
  • Construction
Court Admissions
  • Florida State Courts

Background

  • Intern, DV LEAP, Legal Clinic, Washington (August 2009-May 2010)

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