Published June 7, 2021, James and Melanie wrote the article as a Q&A guide to common defenses to contract claims under Florida common law. This Q&A covers defenses to contract formation, performance, and damages. It also covers procedural and equitable defenses specific to breach of contract. To read the article in full, click here.
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About James P. Terpening
James P. Terpening III is a partner in the Tampa office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Construction Litigation Practice Group. James is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Construction Law. James represents owners, developers, contractors, and design professionals in disputes involving, among other things, payment, construction defect, construction lien, insurance coverage, and bond issues. In addition to jury and bench trial experience, James has completed Florida court-appointed arbitrator training and served as an arbitrator in a construction dispute and successfully represented construction clients in arbitrations. Beyond representation of clients in disputed matters, James advises clients on avoiding litigation and resolving matters through alternative methods of resolution, including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.
About Melanie B. Senosiain
Melanie B. Senosiain is an attorney in the Tampa office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the Business Litigation practice group. Melanie’s practice focuses on the areas of construction and commercial litigation. Prior to joining Shutts, Melanie was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois and a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Edward LaRose of the Second District Court of Appeal.