Christopher Solop is the chairperson of Biggs, Ingram & Solop, PLLC’s Construction Litigation and Government Contracts sections located in Jackson, Mississippi. He is an AV rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell and is recognized by Best Lawyers in the areas of Government Contracts and Construction Law. Chris’s experience in construction law and federal and state public contract law spans over thirty (30) years. He represents clients in all areas of construction and government contracts. Chris has arbitrated, mediated and litigated numerous complex construction and commercial disputes.

Chris is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and a certified mediator for the Mississippi Supreme Court. He has been the co-author of numerous construction related topics and is a frequent seminar speaker. Chris is General Counsel for the Mississippi Chapter of the Association of General Contractors.

Practice Areas Include

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (Arbitration and Mediation)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Construction Claims and Litigation
  • Construction Law (Commercial, Residential and Highway/Road/Bridge)
  • Construction Scheduling and Delay Analysis
  • Contract Drafting and Negotiations
  • General Commercial Liability Claims and Defenses
  • Payment and Performance Bond Claims and Defenses
  • Pre- and Post Bid Protests at State and Federal Level
  • Surety Law

Distinctions

  • AV rated Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys, Construction Litigation
  • Mississippi Business Journal – Leadership in Law (2013)
  • Best Lawyers in Construction Law (2011-2018)
  • Best Lawyers in Government Contracts Law (2015-2018)
  • Best Lawyers in Litigation – Construction (2018)

Professional Associations

  • Hinds County Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Public Contract Law Section)
  • Construction Lawyers Society of America, Fellow
  • Member, Diversity Law Institute
  • Member, Trial Law Institute
  • DRI (Construction Law Section)

Education

  • University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, Juris Doctor, cum laude, May 1987; Activities and Societies: Mississippi Law Journal (Editorial Board); Phi Delta Phi Honor Society
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, Bachelor of Science, May 1977, Major: Environmental Resources in Agriculture; Activities and Societies: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Movarian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Major: Liberal Arts; Activities and Societies: Varsity Basketball (1973-1975); Most Valuable Player (1973)

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi State and Federal Courts
  • Tennessee State and Middle District Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Publications & Events

  • Co-authored Encyclopedia of Mississippi Law, Chapter 19, Construction Law
  • Author, Bond Claims, Contractor Claims and Subcontractor Issues (2017)
  • Author, Litigation: Allegations, Defenses, and Proving Your Case (2015)
  • Seminar: MS Procurement Law (2017)
  • Seminar: MS Construction Lien Law (2017)
  • Seminar: Construction Mediation and Arbitration (2017)
  • Seminar: Construction Law Seminar (2011)
  • Seminar: AIA Contracts in Mississippi (2004)
  • Co-authored The Contractor’s Deskbook (1996)
  • Co-authored Mississippi Construction Law: What to Do When…?  National Business Institute (1988 and 1992)
  • Co-authored Fifty State Public Construction Contracting (Mississippi chapter), Wiley Law Publications (1996)
  • Co-authored Mississippi Construction Law (1993)

Reported Decisions

State Court

  • Hemphill Constr. Co. v. City of Clarksdale, 2018 Miss. LEXIS 356; 2018 WL 3913255 (Miss. 2018)
  • D.W. Caldwell, Inc. v. W.G. Yates & Sons Constr. Co.; 242 So.3d 92 (Miss. 2018)
  • Residential Advantage Dev., LLC v. Ross, 136 So.3d 476 (Miss. Ct. App. 2014)
  • Rod Cooke Constr. Co. v. Lamar County Sch. Bd.; 135 So.3d 902 (Miss. Ct. App. 2013)
  • Moran Hauling Inc. v. Dep’t of Fin. & Admin.; 105 So.3d 1126 (Miss. Ct. App. 2012)
  • Nelson v. City of Horn Lake, 968 So.2d 938 (Miss. 2007)
  • Younge Mech., Inc. v. Max Foote Constr. Co.; 869 So.2d 1079 (Miss. Ct. App. 2004)
  • Scott Addison Constr. v. Lauderdale County Sch. Sys.; 789 So.2d 771 (Miss. 2001)
  • Le Bleu v. Jim Murphy & Assoc., Inc.; 557 So. 2d 526 (Miss. 1990)

District Court

  • United States use of T. L. Wallace Constr., Inc. v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co.; 790 F.Supp. 680 (S.D. Miss. 1992)

Fifth Circuit

  • JSI Communs. V. Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co. of Am.; 807 F.3d 725 (5th Cir. 2015)
  • PYCA Indus., Inc. v. Harrison County Waste Water Mgmt. Dist.; 177 F.3d 351 (5th Cir. 1999)

Court of Fed. Claims

  • Common Wealth of Kentucky, Education Cabinet, Department of the Blind v. United States, 62 Fed. Cl. 445 (Fed. Cl. 2004)
  • N.C. Div. of Servs. for the Blind v. United States, 53 Fed. Cl. 147 (Fed. Cl. 2002)
  • McMaster Constr., Inc. v. United States, 23 Cl. Ct. 679 (Cl. Ct. 1991)

Fed. Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Commonwealth of Kentucky v. United States, 434 F.3d 1222 (Fed. Cir. 2005)


Lynn Patton Thompson has practiced extensively in the areas of government contracts and grants law (federal, state, and local), construction law, commercial litigation, and small business consulting for 25 years. Prime contractors, subcontractors, owners, and suppliers in all aspects of construction and contract-related matters retain her for her experience, know-how and business-minded approach. Lynn is a problem solver.  She counsels clients in contract drafting and negotiation, business planning, disputes, claims and appeals, bid protests, litigation, arbitration, and mediation.

Lynn represents large and small businesses that do business with the federal and state governments. She has extensive experience in bid protests at the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims and in protests before the U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Hearings and Appeals. She represents owners and contractors in disputes, claims, and other aspects of contract administration. Her prior experience as an attorney-advisor with the United States Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. provides a unique perspective for representing clients in the private sector.

Transactional work also features in Lynn’s practice.  She represents clients in asset purchases and sales, and provides counsel on business formation and other project-related transactions such as teaming agreements, joint venture agreements and closings for private projects.

Lynn also focuses on special small business programs, including the HUBZone Program, 8(a) Program, Women-Owned Small Business Program, Mentor-Protégé Program, and the Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Concern programs. She regularly consults with businesses that desire to participate in these programs and assists them with business planning, certification, contract drafting, compliance, and protests. She has a national base of clients, from all over the Southeast, West Coast, Hawaii, Kentucky, South Carolina, Texas and states in between.

As associate counsel for the Mississippi Association of General Contractors, Lynn assisted with development of Mississippi’s Construction Lien Law that became effective in 2014.

Practice Areas Include

  • Construction Law and Litigation
  • Bid Protests
  • Claims, Disputes and Appeals
  • Contractor State Licensure
  • Federal & State Public Contract Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Contract Drafting and Negotiation
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Mentor-Protégé Program
  • Service-Disabled Veterans Program
  • 8(a) and Small Disadvantaged Business Programs
  • HUBZone Program
  • Size Protests

Professional Associations

  • Member, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry

Education

  • Emory University School of Law, J.D, 1992
  • Emory College of Emory University, B.A. History, summa cum laude, 1988

Bar Admissions

  • Licensed to Practice in all state and federal courts in Mississippi
  • Licensed to practice in Virginia
  • Licensed to practice in Georgia
  • Admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States Court of Federal Claims and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Lynn has written extensively on numerous aspects affecting construction and government contracts law, including:

  • “Avoid a Day of Reckoning: Navigating Requirements for Public Procurements, Audits, and Appeals to Minimize De-Funding by FEMA for Disaster-Relief Projects” – Presented July 26, 2018 to ABA Public Contract Law Section.
  • L. Alternate Delivery Systems: Design-Build, At-Risk Construction Management, and IDIQ Contracts,  Federal Government Construction Contracts. In Branca, M. et al. (Eds.) Federal Government Construction Contracts (3rd ed., pp. 103-154)(2017) (co-author). Chicago, IL: ABA Book Publishing.
  • Integrated Project Delivery – Will the Federal Government Join This Industry Trend?” The Construction Lawyer (Summer 2017)
  • Indemnity Clauses: Is the Subcontractor Responsible? What About the Design Professional?” Construction Defect Litigation From A to Z, National Business Institute (2013)
  • Construction and Federal Procurement Law Seminar (2011) 
  • “A History of Enactment and Significant Amendments to the False Claims Act”, In C.M. Sink and K.L. Pages (Eds.) False Claims in Construction Contracts: Federal, State and Local (2007) (pp. 1-14). Chicago, IL: ABA Book Publishing.
  • “Waivers, Releases and Project End Change Orders” (co-author) presented at the ABA Forum on Construction Industry’s 2002 Annual Meeting
  • “Claims for Lost Labor Productivity,” The Construction Lawyer (April 2000) (co-author)
  • Contractor’s Desk Book on Mississippi Law (1996) (co-author)
  • “Equitable Adjustments in Federal Government Contracts” (1996) (co-author)


Brenda T. Redfern has been recognized for her leadership in Mississippi. She was selected in 2017 as one of Mississippi’s “Top 10 Attorneys – Leadership in Law” by the Mississippi Business Journal. She was also appointed in 2011 by the Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court to service as a Commissioner on the Mississippi Ethics Commission and was reappointed in 2015 for a second term.

Brenda’s law practice is primarily concentrated in litigation involving large, complex construction cases, contract disputes, surety law and employment law, as well as general corporate matters, including the negotiation and drafting of multi-million dollar contracts, and advice from a legal, financial and practical, hands-on perspective. Brenda has extensive experience in business and as a manager in both the public and private sector. She formerly served as the Deputy Executive Director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission and Deputy Executive Director of Administration with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Brenda frequently teaches as a Adjunct Professor for the University of Mississippi School of Law and Belhaven University, as well as serving as an instructor for the State of Mississippi’s certified public manager program.

Practice Areas Include

  • Construction Litigation
  • Contract Disputes
  • General Corporate Matters
  • Employment Law
  • Regulatory Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Professional Associations

  • The Mississippi Bar
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants

Education

  • University of Mississippi Law School, J.D., Magna Cum Laude (1987)
  • University of Mississippi, B.B.A., Cum Laude (1979)
  • Certified Public Accountant, Mississippi (1982)
  • Certified Public Manager, Mississippi (2002)

Bar Admissions

  • Licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Mississippi
  • Admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Brenda has been recognized as a leader locally and nationally. In 1998, she was selected as one of “Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women” by the Mississippi Business Journal. She was also chosen by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association and Transportation Development Foundation for the Young Executive Development Program in Washington, D.C.

Brenda has had several articles of legal significance published, including the following:

  • Co-Author, “Lender Liability in Mississippi: Part II, Loan Commitments and Agreements,” 59 Mississippi Law Journal 71 (1989)
  • Co-Author, “Effective Loan Agreements, Commitments and Accommodation Letters: An Avoidance Approach to Lender Liability,” Mississippi Banker’s Association (1988)
  • Co-Author, “Lender Liability in Mississippi: A Survey, Comparison and Comment,” 57 Mississippi Law Journal 1 (1987)
  • Co-Author, “1986 Mississippi Supreme Court Review, Criminal Law,” 56 Mississippi Law Journal 677 (1986)
  • Author, Note, “Employment Discrimination – Successor Liability – Doctrine of Successor Liability Applicable in Section 1981 Action for Employment Discrimination,” 55 Mississippi Law Journal 667 (1985)