Attorney Patrick Wilson
Attorney Patrick Wilson
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Patrick D. Wilson

About Patrick

Arkansas construction liens are a large part of Patrick’s practice. He regularly pursues large construction lien claims on big commercial projects in Arkansas.

Professional Experience

A Jacksonville native, Patrick Wilson has a practice centered around construction, banking, contract matters and other commercial disputes, and he also assists clients in the defense of general negligence, real estate and other litigated disputes. Through his construction practice, Wilson assists owners, general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, material suppliers and homeowners with material suppliers and homeowners with contract drafting and formation, lien issues, contract disputes, alleged negligence in the construction of buildings and homes, securing payment on projects and other related issues.

Wilson regularly assists large and small material suppliers and professionals with filing and foreclosing on materialmen’s liens, and represents owners of construction projects and contractors in attempting to defeat lien claims. Since 2021, Wilson has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Construction Law. He also received the “Lawyer of the Year” in Little Rock designation for 2023 in the Construction Law practice area. Only a single lawyer in each practice and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” He has also received a BV® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rating through Martindale-Hubbell,

Patrick is a native of Jacksonville and a life-long Arkansan and Razorback fan. He is proud of the progress in Little Rock’s downtown and looks forward to continuing to help with that growth through his construction law practice.

Wilson’s recent experience includes:

  • Successful representation of Louisiana road contractor James Construction Group in claim against the Arkansas Department of Transportation before the Arkansas Claims Commission. The Commission awarded James Construction nearly $911,000, an unusually high award, and also ordered ARDOT to not charge James Construction about $308,000 in road user fees, for a total win of about $1.2 million. The award was for a differing site condition on utilities / undercut, an improperly stopped bridge deck pour, and other issues.  Damages included project overhead, bridge deck replacement costs, improperly assessed liquidated damages, and interest. After James Construction prevailed before the Commission, the award was summarily approved by the legislature in January of 2022.
  • Successful representation of Mississippi road contractor Tanner Construction in claim against the Arkansas Department of Transportation before the Arkansas Claims Commission. The Commission awarded Tanner Construction nearly $1,500,000, an unusually high award. The award was for additional materials, equipment, labor, etc. associated with a differing site condition discovered in the construction of a cofferdam to erect bridge supports. This claim is the first acceptance in Arkansas of the “measured mile” approach to calculating damages. After Tanner Construction prevailed before the Commission, the award was summarily approved by the legislature in February of 2021.
  • Representation of several out-of-state contractors in claims before the Arkansas Claims Commission against the Arkansas Department of Transportation on additional work, differences in plan quantities, differing site conditions, liquidated damages, delay damages and related issues.
  • Successful representation of Arkansas road contractor Blackstone Construction in a matter before the Arkansas Claims Commission. The matter involved the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. Blackstone made a claim for a price adjustment on a job, which claim was based on errors in the AHTD’s plans.  Blackstone prevailed before the Claims Commission and a couple of legislative committees whose approval is required for the award to be paid to Blackstone.
  • Successful representation of large general contractor Brasfield & Gorrie in arbitration before the American Arbitration Association. A steel subcontractor sought damages for alleged extra work. Brasfield & Gorrie counterclaimed for the amount it had to pay another steel subcontractor to finish the work. The arbitrator awarded Brasfield & Gorrie judgment on the subcontractor’s claim and the full amount of its counterclaim, plus interest, costs, and attorney’s fees.
  • Representation of a steel manufacturer in large arbitration before American Arbitration Association. Contractor claimed damages of over $1 million for breach of contract and conversion. Arbitrator awarded approximately $200,000, an amount our client stipulated was owed.
  • Defense of Nabholz Construction in significant construction accident case.
  • Presentations to Arkansas community bank boards of directors on ability-to-repay/qualified mortgage regulations.d mortgage regulations.

Professional Activity

A graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s 2006 Trial Academy, Wilson is a member of the Arkansas chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors and the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Arkansas Bar Association, the Pulaski County Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel. He previously served in the Arkansas Bar Association’s House of Delegates and as Chair of the Association’s Young Lawyers Section.

Wilson frequently speaks at continuing education seminars on construction liens and other construction-related topics.

Community Involvement

  • Fundraiser, American Heart Association Heart Walk (1999-present)
  • Volunteer, Young Lawyers Section-Law Day (2002-2009)
  • Member, Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XX (2004-2005)
  • President, Arkansas Law Review, Inc. (2006-2014)
  • President, Catholic High School Foundation Board of Trustees (2009-2010)
  • Co-Chair, Catholic High School Capital Campaign
  • Member, Monsignor Allen Trust and Development Fund Board of Trustees (2019-present)
  • Member, Arkansas Bar Association Board of Trustees (2020-present)
  • Member, Economics Arkansas Board of Directors (2020-present)

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