Mark V. Hanrahan


Mark has focused his practice on construction law since 1996. He has extensive experience handling construction-related transactions and disputes. His clients include building owners, both private and public, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and specialty equipment suppliers.

Mark represents clients throughout the life cycle of a project – from pre-construction planning through close-out – and seeks to provide his clients maximum value by emphasizing problem solving and dispute avoidance.

He has extensive experience drafting and negotiating construction contracts, including tailoring AIA, DBIA and other industry form contracts to meet the needs of specific clients and projects. Mark also represents clients in mediation, arbitration and litigation. He has handled a wide range of construction-related disputes, including those involving defaults and terminations, change order and extra work claims, performance and payment bond claims, mechanics’ lien claims and actions, schedule delays, disruptions and accelerations, construction defects, utility relocations, site access and differing site conditions.

In 1979, Mark received a B.S. degree in Building Science from Auburn University. After graduation, he worked twelve years in the construction industry as a project engineer and project manager for one of the largest commercial general contractors in the U.S. In 1996, Mark received a J.D., cum laude, from Georgia State University College of Law.

Mark regularly writes and lectures on construction-related topics, including bid protests, schedule delays, disruptions and accelerations, construction defects, payment and performance bonds, mechanics’ and materialmen’s liens and construction contract drafting. Recent articles published by Mark include:

Delays, Disruptions and Accelerations – Time as an Element of Risk on Construction Projects, March 2014, Presented at Georgia Construction Law Seminar, Seminar Group, March 4, 2014;

The False Claims Act: What CFMs Need to Know, May/June 2013 Edition, CFMA Building Profits;

Payment and Performance Bonds, A Primer, March 2010, Presented at Construction Law Seminar, HalfMoon Seminars, March 2010;

Georgia’s Right to Repair Act, January 2010, Presented at Construction Defects Seminar in addition to the Contractor’s Perspective On Construction Defects, Seminar Group, February 2010;

Georgia Condominium Law: Beyond the Condominium Act, October 2007, Georgia Bar Journal;

Enforcing a Claim of Lien Under Georgia’s Mechanics’ and Materialmen’s Lien Statute – The Lien Claimant’s Action on the Underlying Debt and Foreclosure Action, September 2007, Presented at Construction Law for the General Practitioner, ICLE Georgia, September 28, 2007; and

Am I Getting What I Paid For? An Owner’s Lament Over Unfulfilled Expectations, July 2007, Presented at Construction Defects: Water Intrusion & Other Calamities Seminar, Seminar Group, July 2006 and July 2007.

Mark is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry and Litigation Section. Mark is currently serving as a board member of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Construction Law Section.

Mark has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America by U.S. News & World Report and as a Georgia Super Lawyer for multiple years.

Mark primarily works out of the firm’s North Atlanta (Cumberland) Office.

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News Featuring Mark V. Hanrahan

CGL Policy Insurance Coverage in Construction

Mark Hanrahan, partner in law firm of Autry, Hanrahan, Hall & Cook, LLP, spoke at Sterling Risk Advisors to a group of construction professionals regarding Commercial General Liability insurance in construction.  Mark focused his talk on construction defects and the potential insurance coverage available under Commercial General Liability policies.  Among the topics Mark covered were

Additional Insured Denied Recovery Under Commercial General Liability Policy For Costs Sustained Repairing Defective Construction and Resulting Property Damage

In Auto Owners Insurance Co. v. Gay Construction Co.,[1] a general contractor brought a claim as an additional insured under a sub-subcontractor’s commercial general liability (“CGL”) policy seeking to recover costs it sustained repairing the sub-subcontractor’s defective work and resulting property damage. The court denied the general contractor’s claim, finding that the business risk exclusions