Conrad J. Lazo

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clazo@bplegal.com
Professional Experience

Conrad J. Lazo practices primarily in areas of construction law, surety law and general commercial litigation, and has achieved the status of Florida Bar Board Certified Construction Attorney. 

Conrad's representative clients include sureties, owners, general contractors, design professionals, subcontractors and material suppliers. He is skilled in providing both legal representation and technical assistance with respect to all aspects of building design and construction. He also has experience in drafting, reviewing and negotiating highly technical and custom tailored construction and design contracts for a variety of different project types. 

Conrad is an accomplished presenter, with experience presenting on a wide range of construction, surety and commercial litigation topics.  He was previously approved by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to serve as a speaker for continuing education programs required for all licensed contractors in the State of Florida.

Consecutively named to The Best Lawyers in America® since 2010, Conrad has also garnered an AV® Preeminent distinction, the highest available mark for professional excellence from Martindale-Hubbell's Peer Review Ratings. He has been recognized in the Florida Super Lawyers list in 2006, and each year since 2010.

Representative Experience

Conrad’s representative matters include:

  • Tropicana Dome (Home of the Tampa Bay Rays): Received a complete  defense verdict in a three month long toxic exposure trial representing a nationally recognized general contracting firm against 14 plaintiffs seeking damages in excess of $52 million; trial involved over sixty witnesses, one thousand trial exhibits, and two weeks of jury deliberations.
  • Alagon Condominium, a high rise luxury condominium, located along Bayshore Drive in Tampa, Florida. Represented the plaintiff condominium association in litigation concerning over $7 million of construction and design defects. Case involved in excess of 15 party defendants, including the design professionals, insurance carriers and sureties. 
  • Renaissance Condominium, a high rise luxury condominium, located in Sarasota, Florida. Represented the developer in litigation concerning construction and design defects totaling in excess of $7 million. Case involved over 20 party defendants, including the design professionals, insurance carriers and sureties. 
  • Steamplant Condominium, a mid-rise luxury condominium, located in Key West, Florida. Represented the general contractor in two subcontractor arbitration claims in excess of $3 million, both of which went to final hearing. Also represented general contractor in connection with various nonpayment claims against the owner. 
  • Five Points, a high rise, mixed use, luxury condominium with retail and office spaces, located in Sarasota, Florida. Represented the developer in litigation concerning a claim against the mechanical engineer, alleging malpractice in connection with the design of defective cooling towers, and seeking damages in excess of $2 million.
  • Florida Keys Mosquito Control District Hanger, a hangar, tarmac and office building complex located in Marathon Key, Florida. Represented the general contractor in litigation concerning design and construction defects in excess of $3 million. Case involved over 12 party defendants, including the design professionals, insurance carriers and sureties. 
  • Ventana Condominium, a mid-rise luxury condominium, located in Tampa, Florida. Represented the general contractor in litigation concerning in excess of $2 million in design and construction defects. 
  • Poinciana Road Widening Project, located in Kissimmee, Florida. Represented the general contractor in litigation concerning the earthwork and roadway subcontractor’s cardinal change claim, seeking damages in excess of $3 million.
  • Sandpearl Condominium, a high rise, mixed use, luxury condominium with retail spaces, located in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Represented the condominium association in pre-litigation negotiations concerning over $15 million of design and construction defects.
  • 345 Bayshore, a high rise luxury apartment building converted to condominium, located along Bayshore Drive in Tampa, Florida. Represented the conversion developer in litigation concerning construction defects in excess of $4 million. 
  • Intercontinental Hotel, located in Callo Largo, Puerto Rico. Represented the construction performance bond surety in Federal Court litigation concerning a bond default claim in excess of $60 million. 
  • Powerplant Project, located in Puerto Rico. Represented the construction performance bond surety in Federal Court litigation concerning over $5 million in claims relating to defective refractory. 
  • Expansion to Key West Airport, located in Key West, Florida. Representing the general contractor in litigation concerning in excess of $2 million in design and construction defects. 
  • Lake Chase Condominium, a townhouse community, located in Tampa, Florida. Representing the condominium association in general consultation with respect to it’s multi-million dollar renovation to 50 existing townhouse buildings, and subsequent litigation concerning over $3 million in construction defects. 
  • JDS Uniphase, a high tech, high security building, located on airport property, in Melbourne, Florida. Represented glazing subcontractor in litigation concerning over $2 million in construction defect claims. 

Note: Some of these matters were handled by the attorney prior to his joining Becker & Poliakoff.

Professional Affiliations

  • Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator, Florida Supreme Court
  • Associate Member, American Institute of Architects 
  • Associated Builders and Contractors 
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association 
  • Former Member, University of Florida School of Building Construction Advisory Counsel
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Education
  • Nova Southeastern University, J.D., 1993
  • University of Florida, Bachelor of Design in Architecture, 1981; Bachelor of Building Construction, 1981