Benton T. Wheatley practices in the area of construction law with a focus on construction, design and engineering disputes and transactions. Mr. Wheatley has practiced in a wide range of construction areas, including complex delay; impact; defective design; defective construction or differing site conditions claims involving mediation, litigation or arbitration; and problem project workouts, including negotiating with sureties and owners. He also has experience with the drafting and negotiation of complex construction, design and engineering contracts and environmental issues concerning construction projects.

Mr. Wheatley is certified in Construction Law by the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

In addition to construction law matters, Mr. Wheatley handles administrative matters related to the construction and design industry, as well as environmental and commercial litigation.

Mr. Wheatley is a 1991 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Litigation

  • Design and Engineering Disputes and Transactions

Education

  • University of Oklahoma College of Law, J.D., 1991
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1986

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2019-present

  • Munsch Hardt Kopf and Harr
    - Shareholder, 2012-2019

  • Coats Rose
    - Shareholder, 2007-2012

  • Allensworth and Porter
    - Shareholder, 2000-2007

  • BSW International
    - Assistant General Counsel, 1996-2000

Professional Activities

  • Board Certified in Construction Law by the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization

  • American Inns of Court
    - Austin, 2000-present
    - Tulsa, 1992-1999

  • State Bar of Texas
    - Construction Law Section
    - The Construction Law Journal, Editorial Board

  • American Bar Association
    - Forum on Construction Law

  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in U.S. News/Best Lawyers "The Best Lawyers in America," 2018-2019

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Folds of Honor Foundation, 2008-present
    - Central Texas Chapter, Founder and Board of Directors, 2011-present
    - Board Chair, 2011-2018

  • American Red Cross of Central Texas
    - Board Member, 2005-2010