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Elizabeth B. Ferguson

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200 W. Forsyth Street
Suite 1400
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 358-4230
(904) 355-0019 - Fax
ebferguson@mdwcg.com

Elizabeth Ferguson is a member of the firm's Professional Liability Department.  Her practice focuses on the defense of  Owners, Contractors, Material Suppliers, Developers, and Design Professionals (Architects, Engineers, and Surveyors) against claims of liability, breach of contract, construction defect, design defect, delay, liens/bonds, insurance coverage issues, and licensure issues.  She also provides transactional support for her construction clients, including contract drafting and review.  Elizabeth has been Board Certified in Construction Law by The Florida Bar since 2009 and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She serves on the Florida Board of Professional Engineers, appointed by Gov. Rick Scott. 

Elizabeth is a Construction Panel Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, has served as a professor of Construction Law, and is a frequent speaker on legal and construction industry issues.  As a Florida Board Certified expert in construction law, her typical matters include  residential, commercial and roadway construction matters, from pre-suit through trial and arbitration.  She also defends clients before professional licensing boards related to disciplinary and licensure issues.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Defense of construction, engineering and inspection sub-consultant on an FDOT project with a value over $111 million, involving claims brought by contractor for professional negligence and breach of duty.

  • Defense of large southeast residential developer and home builder against claims by individual owners for construction defect, including improperly installed stucco, windows and roofing systems. Represented same builder in over 100 suits against the original subcontractors to recover costs incurred by the builder for remediation and repair of the homes.

  • Defense of construction, engineering and inspection contractor from claims of insufficient maintenance of traffic in a roadway construction zone, case involved the death of two eighteen year olds.

  • Defense of subcontractor against multi-million dollar construction defect and unfair trade practices claims by general contractor and owner. Case involved construction of multiple buildings, water intrusion and mold claims.

  • Defense of nation-wide residential developer and home builder in a multi-million dollar construction defects and mold claim brought by individual owners seeking class certification of over 350 homes.

Representative Cases

  • Welcome v. Arvida, 903 So. 2d 942 (Fla. 1st DCA 2005)

Education

  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, IN (J.D., 2002) 

  • The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH (B.A., 1999)

Law Alerts June 27, 2017
Expert Testimony and Professional Negligence Claims Coming out of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, the recent case of Armour, et. al. v. Karins, et. al., Case No.: 2010-CA-000046NC (2017), provides new insight into the use of expert..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a...
Law Alerts June 15, 2017
Governor Scott Signs HB 377 Closing the Loophole in the Statute of Repose   Florida's 2017 legislative session resulted in good news for contractors and insurers alike.  Thanks in large part to the lobbying efforts of the..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Law Alerts June 1, 2017
Debunking Professional Negligence Liability of an Engineer in Training   A recent case out of Florida sheds new light on the potential liability for Engineers in Training ("EITs").  In the case of Sunset Beach Invs., LLC v...., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
June 8, 2017
Eight attorneys from the Florida offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin have been selected to the 2017 edition of Florida Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high...
May 9, 2017
Elizabeth B. Ferguson, Esq. has joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as a shareholder in the firm’s Jacksonville office. A member of the Professional Liability Department, she defends clients against claims of liability, breach of contract, construction defect, design defect, delay...

Education

  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, IN (J.D., 2002)
  • The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH (B.A., 1999)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2005

Associations & Memberships

  • American Arbitration Association
  • The Florida Bar, Board Certified in Construction Law, 2009- Present
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, 2009 – Present
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Chester Bedell Inn of Court
  • Florida Bar Association Construction Law Committee: 2005-Present; Construction Law Certification Review Course Steering Committee: Co-Vice Chair, 2017-Present; RPPTL Section Executive Council: 2017-Present
  • Florida Board of Professional Engineers, Board Member
  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Board of Governors: 2012-Present; Construction Law Section: 2011-Present
  • Phi Delta Phi, Wilkie Inn
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Jacksonville Association of Women Lawyers
  • The Florida Bar’s 2017 Grievance Committee 4A

Honors & Awards

Year Joined Organization: 2017

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