LITIGATION DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR - Mid-Size Firm  ALM's Daily Report   2017 - 2016 - 2014
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John E. Menechino, Jr.


John Menechino's practice concentrates in the areas of construction and surety law and litigation. He represents a broad range of clients in the construction industry, including sureties, general contractors, owners, subcontractors, suppliers, fabricators, design professionals and construction managers. John's assistance to his surety clients includes not only vigorously and efficiently defending payment and performance bond claims, but also assisting with the aggressive prosecution of all salvage claims available to the surety, including indemnity, assignment and subrogation claims.

John has helped his clients resolve disputes involving prisons, hospitals, schools, military bases, dams, major civil works projects and residential subdivisions. He has worked on claim litigation and arbitration involving many federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, the United States Coast Guard, the Veterans Administration and numerous other public and private concerns.  


University of South Carolina, B.A., magna cum laude, 1986
Phi Beta Kappa

University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1989
The American Inns of Court Foundation

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • U.S. District Courts, Districts of Northern, Middle and Southern Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Representative Experience

Assisted general contractor and surety clients in successfully defending a temination for default and related payment and performance bond claims, and to overturn the default termination and obtain more than $26M in settlement of affirmative claims arising out of the contractor's and surety's construction of a Federal Bureau of Prisons' high rise detention center in downtown Miami.

Lead attorney responsible for obtaining a multi-million dollar pre-judgment attachment on behalf of surety client in federal court in Georgia. Later executed on the pre-judgment attachment in favor of the client after obtaining a $7.5M judgment in federal court in Florida.

Lead attorney and briefed and argued Bates & Associates, Inc. v. Romei, 207 Ga. App. 81, 426 S.E.2d 919 (Ga. App. 1993); an important case which helped define the application of the economic loss rule in Georgia.

Awards & Recognitions

Best Lawyers® 2018, Litigation - Construction

Super Lawyers Magazine, Georgia Super Lawyers List, Construction/Surety (2004-2006)

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry

American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section

American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee

Atlanta Bar Association, Sections on Construction Law, Litigation and Public Contract Law

Georgia State Bar, Sections on Trial Law and General Practice

Kiwanis Club, Atlanta Chapter

Lawyers Club of Atlanta

News & Publications

Alternative Clauses to Standard Construction Contracts, John Wiley & Sons, First Edition 1991, including 1992 and 1997 supplements and Second Edition, 1999. Contributing author.

Construction Subcontracting: A Legal Guide for Industry Professionals, John Wiley & Sons, 1991, including 1992 supplement. Contributing author.

Regular contributor to various construction and surety law publications.

Events & Speaking Engagements

"We Don't Care How You Do Things in Georgia - That's Not How It's Done Here," presentation, 6th Annual Construction Law Seminar, Atlanta, GA, September 2017.

"Getting to the Bottom of Construction Claims - Default Terminations and Handling Performance Bond Claims," Lecturer, 2003 American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry and the Torts and Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, Mid Winter Meeting New York City, 2003.