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Bruce Charles King

Bruce Charles King

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Overview

Bruce King practices in the areas of commercial litigation and specializes in construction and surety cases. He has extensive experience representing owners, contractors, design professionals, insurers, and sureties on complex construction projects. Bruce is board certified in Construction Law by The Florida Bar, a former vice-chair of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the American Bar Association, and a former chair of the Miami-Dade County Construction Law Committee.

Bruce is regularly listed in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, Florida Super Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyers, and Miami Magazine Top Lawyers of Miami. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

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Experience

  • Prosecuted contractors' claims for nonpayment and delay damages against project owners.
  • Prosecuted subcontractors' claims for nonpayment against contractors and lien claims against project owners.
  • Prosecuted contractors' claims against architects and engineers for design deficiencies.
  • Prosecuted bid protests on behalf of contractors.
  • Prosecuted owners' claim for defective work.
  • Negotiated construction contracts between owners and contractors.
  • Negotiated construction contracts between owners and architects.
  • Prosecuted indemnity claims and claims for reimbursement on behalf of sureties.
  • Defended contractors on subcontractor claims for nonpayment.
  • Defended owners on claim of lien claims.
  • Defended architects and engineers on claims of professional negligence.
  • Defended sureties on performance bond claims.
  • Defended sureties on payment bond claims.
  • Appealed for contractors, subcontractors, owners, and sureties in construction case.

Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Construction Law
  • Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2005-2018)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Construction (2005-2020); Construction, Miami (2016)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2019)
  • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide  as a Top Lawyer (2005-2006, 2008-2010 and 2014-2018)
  • Listed in Miami Herald's South Florida Best (2018)
  • Listed in Daily Business Review (2018)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite (2007 and 2009)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association 
    • Section of Litigation
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
    • Former Vice-Chair, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee
    • Forum on Construction Law
  • Dade County Bar Association 
    • Former Chair, Construction Law Committee
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Leadership Miami
  • The Beacon Council
  • Order of Barristers
  • International Association of Defense Counsel

Speaking Engagements

  • "Payment and Performance Bonds in Florida," The Florida Bar Construction Law Certification Course, Orlando, FL (March 2013-2019, annually).
  • "Advanced Suretyship – Agreements Commonly Used by Sureties," Sixth Annual Construction Law in Florida Seminar, Miami (October 2017, 2018).
  • "Use of Bonds," Insurance in the Construction Industry Seminar, Miami (May 2017, 2018).
  •  "Performance Bonds and Contractor Default Insurance," ABA Forum on Construction Law, Miami (November 2017).
  • "Managing Risk in Today's Construction Environment," Dade County Bar Association Meeting (April 2017).
  • "Indemnity Agreements," Webinar for the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (November 2016).
  • "Advanced Suretyship," Fifth Annual Construction Law in Florida Seminar, Miami (October 2016).
  • "Subcontractor Nuts and Bolts," Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, New York (January 2016).
  • "Payment and Performance Bonds," Fourth Annual Construction Law in Florida Seminar, Miami (October 2015).
  • "The Surety's Relationship With the Principal's Subcontractors and Suppliers," Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, La Jolla, CA (May 2015).
  • "Lien and Bond Claims," Third Annual Construction Law in Florida Seminar, Miami (October 2014).
  • "We're in This Race Together: How Can We Help One Another (Claims and Underwriting)?" Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Louisville, KY (May 2014).
  • "Ethical Issues Commonly Presented to the Florida Construction Lawyer," Florida Construction Law Institute, Orlando, FL (March 2013).
  • "Negotiating and Drafting Effective Indemnity Agreements," American Conference Institute's National Advanced Forum on Litigating Contract Surety Bond and Fidelity Insurance Claims, Philadelphia (October 2012).
  • “The Law of Commercial Surety and Miscellaneous Bonds,” Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Hilton Head, SC (May 2012).
  • “The Surety’s Exposure to Delay Damages,” Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, New York (January 2011).

Credentials

Education
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., 1978)
  • Allegheny College (B.A., cum laude, 1975)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Board Certifications
  • Construction
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts

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