Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino (VLMG)

Brian N. Krulick

Associate

Brian Krulick focuses his practice on construction litigation, government contracts, surety, and associated bankruptcy issues, representing owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and sureties. He has extensive experience in all aspects (including e-discovery) of complex commercial litigation and has appeared in state and federal courts, bankruptcy court, international arbitrations, and before administrative agencies.  In addition to being a skilled litigator, Brian regularly prepares and negotiates contracts for owners and contractors, and has advised clients throughout the contracting process domestically and in Central America and Asia.

Brian began his practice in Jacksonville, Florida where he was a commercial litigator representing financial institutions, developers, contractors and businesses in the areas of construction law, banking/consumer finance litigation, complex commercial matters, and bankruptcy. In 2010, Brian was selected for inclusion in the Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star list in the areas of construction litigation, business litigation, and banking. Brian practiced statewide and has appeared before the Circuit Courts in Duval, St. Johns, Palm Beach, Hillsborough, Lee, Collier, Monroe, and Bay Counties, as well as the federal court for the Middle District of Florida and Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Currently representing a general contractor concerning the construction of tunnels and shafts on the McCook Reservoir Project (Chicago, IL). An appeal is currently pending before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.
  • Represented an Owner in a dispute with EPC contractor over the finance and construction of a 300MW coal-fired CFB power plant in Guatemala. The case proceeded through a multi-week Evidentiary Hearing before the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce. Client ultimately received a Final Award of over US$300 million in its favor and which defeated nearly all of the contractor’s US$800 million counterclaims.
  • Represented international contractor in ICC arbitration in a dispute with an owner regarding the design and engineering of a petrochemical plant in Egypt.
  • Represented multi-national industrial manufacturing corporation in a dispute with a general contractor regarding the design, construction and installation of coal-fired steam turbine generators for a municipal power plant in the Midwest.
  • Recovered losses sustained by surety from its agent/bond producer for breach of agency agreement, breach of fiduciary duty, and negligent misrepresentation regarding the bond producer’s qualifications and failure to provide adverse information regarding contractors.
  • Obtained a multi-million dollar judgment after trial for a government contractor in a dispute regarding the Uniform Trade Secrets Act regarding the theft technical proposals to the federal government and proprietary electronic medical claims processing systems.
  • Represented international outsourcing company in a dispute with a Florida-based telemarketing and internet services firm and successfully obtained final judgment in excess of $2 million after a one week bench trial.
  • Lead counsel representing financial institutions in state, federal and bankruptcy court regarding special assets and commercial foreclosures in cases involving assets in excess of $100 million.
  • Served as lead counsel for a New York based electronics components broker against Fortune 100 manufacturer of military weapons systems in a complex commercial dispute regarding the acceptance, rejection, authenticity and functionality of electronic parts supplied.
  • Represented international steel corporation regarding sound transmission issues associated with a pre-fabricated flooring system installed in a high- rise condominium.
  • Represented general contractor in an AAA arbitration regarding the installation of bath tubs, shower stalls and tiling in a luxury high-rise condominium tower.

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

  • Author: "A Cautionary Tale for International Contractors," Government Construction, Volume 2, Issue 3, September 2016.
  • Author: "Avoiding a Pitfall: The Interstate Land Sales Disclosure Act," Building Edge, Spring 2008.