Slates Harwell

EDUCATION

B.B.A. University of North Texas (2015)

J.D. Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (2019)

Grant Nicar

Associate

Grant is a solution-oriented construction attorney who represents clients across all aspects of the construction industry – including developers, owners, contractors, design professionals, and specialty materials suppliers. His practice is primarily focused on dispute resolution. Recognizing the value of his clients’ time and resources, Grant utilizes a full-court press approach at a dispute’s outset in efforts to try and strike an amicable deal early. He wants to see his clients focus on growing their businesses – not fighting dramatic and unnecessarily protracted legal battles. However, if cooler heads cannot prevail, Grant is a determined litigator who is ready and willing to go the distance. He has tried and arbitrated disputes to final judgment and authored multiple appellate briefs on his clients’ behalf.

Grant is comfortable navigating construction and design defect claims on commercial, residential and infrastructure projects. Especially those that spring from allegations of poor workmanship or ambiguous construction plans and specifications. He is no stranger to handling disputes that involve complaints about structural, MEP, building envelope, and stormwater mitigation systems. Grant is also adept at solving the tedious problems that can arise in the midst of a project or at close out – including lien and bond claims, issues with termination and suspension, payment disputes, contested change orders, and punch-list disagreements. He takes pride in moving with a sense of urgency to forge a desirable path forward for his clients, while still respecting that there may be valued business relationships amongst project participants that need to be maintained and protected.

In his spare time, Grant enjoys all things outdoors and is a devoted Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers fan.

PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES

“Understanding the Investigatory and Disciplinary Practices of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers,” Halfmoon Education Inc. (November 2022)

“Notice is as Notice Does: Do your written notices comply with the Texas standard?,” Austin Construction News (July 2022)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Member, State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section

Member, State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section

Member, Dallas Bar Association