Richelo Law Group, LLC
 Thomas Richelo
Professional Biography
Chief Executive Officer
Richelo Law Group LLC
8230 Grogans Ferry Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30350
Telephone: (404) 983-1617
E-mail: trichelo@richelolaw.com


     Thomas Richelo’s practice provides dispute resolution and dispute avoidance services to clients in two primary areas: (1) the construction industry and (2) other business relationships. Since 1981, he has worked with hundreds of contractors, subcontractors, owners, developers, architects, engineers and other construction industry participants to manage the challenges of ongoing projects and to resolve disputes. Mr. Richelo’s skills in negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation of construction matters are put to use in other commercial dispute settings, including disputes between shareholders and competitors, claims for executive compensation and commissions, creditor’s claims, and other disputes arising from business transactions. Besides representing clients in dispute resolution, Mr. Richelo offers his services as a neutral mediator or arbitrator of construction matters.

Practice Areas: Construction and Design Law; Surety Law; Commercial and Business Litigation; Employment Contract Litigation; Civil Litigation; Mediation and Arbitration (client representation and service as the neutral).
Arbitration Experience: Began serving as arbitrator in mid-1980s. Have been involved in arbitration cases with claims ranging from $50,000 to $22,000,000; private and public projects. Have served as single arbitrator and on panels of three arbitrators. Cases have included virtually all types of building construction and all specialty trades. Construction cases account for 85% of overall practice and 95% of arbitration experience. Published author on construction arbitration and mediation.
Mediation Experience: Have been involved in settlement of approximately 500 cases, many through mediation and many others using mediation skills and techniques. Numerous cases have been multiparty (three or more parties), requiring special mediation skills. Estimated settlement rate at mediations is 80%.

Bar Admissions: 1981, Georgia; 1984, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia and U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; 1985, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia; 1986, U.S. Claims Court; 1990, Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.

Law School: Duke University, J.D., with distinction, 1981.
Duke Law Journal (Staff Member, 1979-80, Editorial Board, 1980-81)
Member: Moot Court Board
National Moot Court Competition Team Member

College: Duke University, A.B., magna cum laude, 1978.
Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society
N. Joseph Rahall Prize for Political Science Honors Thesis

Professional Employment:
Peterson, Young, Self & Asselin:
- Associate, 1981 – 1987
Richelo, Thomas
Professional Biography
- Partner, 1988 – 1991
Law Offices of Thomas Richelo:
- Sole Proprietor, 1991-1993
Richelo, Morrissey & Gould, P.C.
- Founding Shareholder and Managing Partner, 1994 -1999
Richelo, Morrissey & Toler, P.C.
-Successor firm, 1999 to 2001
Richelo, Morrissey, Storrs & Wright, P.C.
-Successor firm, 2001 to 2003
Richelo, Morrissey & Wright, P.C.
-Successor firm, shareholder and CEO, 2003 -2006
Richelo Law Group LLC
-Member and CEO, 2007 – present
Schulten Ward & Turner, LLP
-Of Counsel, head of construction law practice, 2007- 2012

Professional Organizations:
Atlanta Bar Association (Construction Law Section)

State Bar of Georgia

American Bar Association
Member:
Litigation Section
Public Contract Law Section
Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
Forum Committee on the Construction Industry

American Arbitration Association Panel of Construction Arbitrators

American Arbitration Association Panel of Mediators

Mediation: Registered As General Mediator with Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution

Professional Awards and Ratings:
Martindale Hubbell AV, Pre-eminent Rated Attorney
Top-Rated Lawyers, American Lawyer Media, 2013
Avvo “Superb” Rated Attorney  (Holding a 10.0 rating, which is awarded to about the top 3% of attorneys).

Community Involvement:
Druid Hills Civic Association Board of Directors
Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, Mission Works Group
Honduras Outreach, Inc. Mission Group Leader
Boy Scouts of America, Troop 18 Assistant Scoutmaster
Youth Sports Coaching in Soccer, Basketball, Softball, Tee-ball
Glenwood Green Public Safety Committee

Publications and Speaking Engagements:

"Your Surety: His Responsibilities and Rights," and "Pay When Paid Clauses: Interpretation and Enforcement," Associated General Contractors of America, Georgia Branch Winter Meeting, 1990
"Legal Implications of Design-Build Method in High Technology Projects," American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, Washington, D.C., October, 1990.
“Contract Negotiation: Getting the Right Design and Construction Agreements," American Society for Hospital Engineering Program on Outpatient Facilities, 1991.
"Application of Design/Build to this Age of Technological Advancement," in Design-Build Contracting Handbook, Wiley Law Publications, 1992 and revised edition, 2001.
"The Great Design and Construction Contracting Game," International Conference and Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction, 1995.
“Georgia Construction Law: What Do You Do When . . .?" National Business Institute, 1996, 1997, 1998.
"Mechanic's Lien Law and Strategies in Georgia," National Business Institute, 2000.
"Construction Payment Remedies in Georgia," National Business Institute, 2001.
“Construction Site Safety Issues,” Half Moon Seminars, LLC, 2005.
“Construction Contracting and Lien Enforcement in Georgia: Building a Foundation for Payment” National Business Institute, January, 2006.
“Using a Mechanic’s Lien to Get Your Money,” National Business Institute, December, 2006
General Contractor’s Mid-Winter Annual Management Conference, 2002 to present.
“Construction Law Developments,” Georgia Utility Contractors Association, Mid-Winter Management Conference, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2015.
"Applying the Rules of Civil Procedure in Georgia,"  National Business Institute, March, 2015. 

Reported Cases:
Hull v. Norcom, Inc., 750 F.2d 1547 (11th Cir. 1985).
Akers Group International, Inc. v. Bank of Brewton, 66 F.3d 341 (11th Cir. 1995).
Bank of Brewton, Inc. v. Int’l Fid. Ins. Co., 827 So. 2d 747 (Ala. S. Ct. 2002).
Astra Group, Inc. v. City of Lilburn, (Ga. Ct. Apps. No. A07A1308, 07/12/07)

Languages:
English and Spanish
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