Leonard W. Klingen

With years spent overseas managing the affairs of a modular building manufacturer, then returning to the United States to work as a project manager for two notable general contractors before becoming a lawyer and devoting more than a dozen years litigating construction disputes, Len is a seasoned construction professional and a Board Certified Construction Lawyer.

Representative Experience

Construction – Represented a glazing subcontractor in action against a general contractor, resulting in recovery of full payment to subcontractor after four week arbitration; defended development-contractor in subcontractor payment suit, and settled at no cost to the developer; represented general contractor in product liability claim against installer and manufacturer of rigid insulation board; presented a condominium defect suit on behalf of developer against general contractor, subcontractors and sureties, resulting in multi-million dollar settlement in favor of developer; proved general contractor’s payment bond was not a conditional bond, resulting in recovery of full payment to drywall subcontractor; successfully defended general contractor against $500K subcontractor payment claim, resulting in no recovery for subcontractor after proving lien exaggerations and defects; provided ongoing counsel to contractor regarding disputes with inexperienced developer concerning construction scheduling and contract and completion issues on high-rise condominium project.

Publications, Presentations and Professional Activities

  • Fundamentals of Construction Contracts and Construction Projects, Lorman Education Services (2008)
  • Collecting Construction Payments, Lorman Education Services (2008)
  • The Construction Process from Start to Finish – Project Delivery Systems, Lorman Education Services (2006)
  • Florida’s New Construction Claims Statute and Related Claims Issues, Lorman Education Services (2006)
  • The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues, Lorman Education Services (2006)
  • Revisions to Fla. Stat. §558, Lorman Education Services (2005)
  • Construction Delay Claims in Florida: Managing Delay Risks & Legal Battlegrounds, Lorman Education Services (2005)
  • Construction Defects Statute, Lorman Education Services (2005)
  • Review of Construction Defects Statute, §558, Lorman Education Services (2004)
  • The Mentally Ill Attorney, Nova Law Review (Fall 2002)

Education

  • Bachelor of Design in Architecture, 1976, University of Florida
  • M.B.A., 1986, University of South Florida
  • J.D., 2003, Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, cum laude

Certifications

  • Board Certified in Construction Law, Florida Bar
  • C.M.A. (Certified Management Accountant)
  • State Certified Building Contractor, Florida
  • Class A General Contractor – South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

Admissions

  • Florida’s state courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern
    District of Florida
  • Washington D.C.
Tap to call: 305-347-5295