Following the collapse of the 12-story building in Surfside, Florida, a resident filed a lawsuit against the building’s condominium association, claiming it failed to ensure the safety of its residents. Law360 spoke with engineers and attorneys, including Shutts & Bowen’s Construction Practice Group leader, Timothy D. Woodward, about the timeline and scale of the disaster’s investigation.
According to Law360, resident Manuel Drezner sued Champlain Towers South Condominium Association Inc. for not preventing the collapse of the northeast section of the building. As rescue crews continue to search for the building’s unaccounted residents, Law360 spoke to attorneys and engineers about the ongoing investigation into what went wrong. Contributing to those insights, Tim explained that while a root cause for the catastrophe may be identified early on, the full scope of the factors responsible for the tragedy will also be later analyzed in the investigation. According to the article, the investigation could take months, if not a full year.
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About Timothy D. Woodward
Timothy D. Woodward is a partner in the Tampa office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he leads the firm's Construction Litigation Practice Group. Board Certified in Construction Law, Tim focuses his practice on commercial construction litigation. He has achieved successful results for clients in jury and non-jury trials in Florida’s state and federal courts and in various arbitration proceedings. He's been listed among the Best Lawyers in America® in Construction Law since 2012 and has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers since 2011. Tim represents design professionals, contractors, owners, and developers in a myriad of disputes, including claims regarding: design errors and omissions; delay and acceleration damages; bonds and liens; professional negligence and licensure; building code and Americans with Disabilities Act violations; construction and materials defects; fraud and civil RICO; personal injuries; and, wrongful death.