AGC Legal Advisory Committee

The AGC of TN, Middle TN Branch Legal Advisory Committee was created to provide a forum for area construction lawyers to discuss current issues and serve as a centralized source of relevant legal information for AGC member contractors.

Every AGC of TN, Middle TN Branch law firm member has the opportunity to serve on the AGC Middle Tennessee Legal Advisory Committee. Each firm pays $100 annually to the Legal Advisory Council fund to use for various events and services such as:

  • Annual "Ask the Lawyer" membership luncheon - November
  • AGC golf scramble sponsorship
  • BBQ in Red Shoes hosted entertainment (varies each year)
  • Online directory of the committee
  • Featured newsletter articles
  • Other events and services as voted on by the committee


Current Chair: Matt DeVries, Burr & Forman



Matt DeVries is a partner with Burr & Forman, and the Practice Group Leader for the Construction Service Group.  Matt primarily represents contractors and subcontractors in contract negotiations, payment disputes, and construction claims.  He is the author of, a construction-related blog

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Current Committee:

Vic McConnell is a Partner with Smith Cashion & Orr and concentrates his practice in the area of construction litigation.  Mr. McConnell is a graduate of Auburn University (Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering) and has worked in the construction industry as an engineer or attorney for more than 25 years.

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"I have always enjoyed working with people and companies in the construction industry.  Members of my firm have provided support and assistance to the AGC for over 40 years and look forward to continued partnership with the AGC to assist the construction industry." - Greg Cashion

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Since 1996, Jack R. “Rob” Dodson III has practiced law, focusing on the construction and energy industries. Rob has represented clients and tried lawsuits in courts throughout the country. In addition to his primary practice areas, Rob also has significant experience in general commercial litigation, insurance and products liability litigation.

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J. Wallace Irvin is special counsel in Lewis Thomason’s Construction Law Practice Group and serves as on the AGC Construction Leadership Council Executive Board.  A graduate of Tennessee Tech (Civil & Environmental Engineering), Mr. Irvin focuses his practice on the representation of the construction industry

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David N. Garst is a Shareholder with Lewis Thomason and chair’s the firm’s Construction Law Practice Group.  For more than 30 years, Mr. Garst has represented general and specialty contractors, surveyors, and suppliers in a wide variety of construction disputes.

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Finding out what’s best for the client has been David Taylor’s approach to practicing law for more than 30 years. David chairs the firm’s construction group in its Nashville office, and has for over 30 years been a commercial litigator with an emphasis on construction and real estate dispute resolution

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 Slade Sevier, P.E., Esq., has extensive experience with contract negotiation and mediation, arbitration and lawsuits involving construction, real estate and development and general business.  Slade is a Nashville member of Dickinson Wright, PLLC, which is a full service law firm with over 450 attorneys scattered across eight states, Washington, D.C., and Canada

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 Adam Dietrich  

Adam Dietrich is a Senior Associate at Frost Brown Todd LLC, where he is a member of the Business Litigation and Construction Practice Groups.  A graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Adam regularly represents general contractors and trade and specialty contractors in matters involving mechanics’ liens and payment disputes, bond and insurance claims and construction defect litigation.

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Scott Brown is a member of Frost Brown Todd whose practice is concentrated in general business and commercial litigation, and he has successfully represented clients in numerous state and federal cases, as well as arbitration, for more than two decades.  Scott represents clients in construction, insurance, real estate and other commercial contract disputes, as well as transactional matters, including review, analysis, and negotiation of contracts.  Scott has been named in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Construction Law and Insurance Law for several years.

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I’Ashea Myles-Dihigo focuses her practice on construction law, real estate law, employment law, and commercial business law, with an emphasis on dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, jury and bench trials in both federal and state court.  She also represents businesses in liquor licensing in the state of Tennessee.  I’Ashea regularly handles matters related to the building and development of both commercial and residential property.

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Marshall T. “Marty” Cook concentrates his practice in the area of small business law, commercial litigation, employment litigation and premises liability litigation. He represents clients in all aspects of litigation, arbitration and mediation. Marty works in the firm’s Sumner County office. His commercial litigation practice ranges from representation of companies and individuals in contract and business disputes to defense of product manufacturers in product liability litigation.

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 Bruce B.


 Bruce E. Buchanan is the founding partner at Sebelist Buchanan Law PLLC with offices in Nashville and Atlanta, where he primarily represents employers in all aspects of immigration law, with a special emphasis on employer immigration compliance, as well as employment/labor law matters. Mr. Buchanan authors his own blog on employer immigration compliance located at and is a contributor to HR Professional Magazine. He is also the editor of the Tennessee Bar Association's Immigration Law Section and AILA’s Georgia-Alabama, Central Florida and South Florida’s Chapters Newsletter on 11th Circuit decisions, OCAHO decisions and BIA decisions.

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Shawn H

Shawn practices in the areas of real estate development, land use law impacting urban growth and regional planning, government relations, and litigation throughout Middle Tennessee. He represents numerous clients before regulatory boards, commissions, and legislative bodies. He has lectured on legal and practical issues related to land development, including state and local laws pertaining to planning, zoning, subdivisions, roads, easements, and boundary law.

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