New Lien Rights on Mississippi Construction Projects

Adam stone For this weeks Guest Post Friday here at Construction Law Musings, we welcome Adam Stone and Kaytie Pickett for the first time.  Adam and Kaytie  practice construction and commercial law with Jones Walker, LLP, a full-service law firm with offices spanning the Gulf Coast states.  Adam has twenty years’ experience drafting construction contracts and successfully litigating and arbitrating construction disputes for owners, sureties, contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, and material suppliers.  He is LEED certified and has published on Green Building Development and on state procurement procedures.  Adam is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a Rising Star in the area of Construction/Surety law in Mid-South Super Lawyers.  KKaytie Pickettaytie has worked with Adam for five years.  Her practice includes complex commercial and construction disputes, with an emphasis on written advocacy, including appeals.  Before joining the firm, Kaytie served as a law clerk to the Hon. Rhesa Barksdale of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  She has served as a professor of appellate advocacy and has published on the Federal Arbitration Act. 

Mississippi was once one of the only states in the country that offered subcontractors no lien rights on a construction project.  Instead, subcontractors could assert a stop payment notice and make a claim on monies in the hands of the owner.  The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Mississippi’s stop payment law as unconstitutional, however, and subcontractors were left with no statutory payment protections on un-bonded jobs.

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I am a construction lawyer in Richmond, Virginia, a LEED AP, and have been nominated by my peers to Virginia's Legal Elite in Construction Law on multiple occasions. I provide advice and assistance with mechanic's liens, contract review and consulting, occupational safety issues (VOSH and OSHA), and risk management for construction professionals.

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