Paul S. Sugar
- District of Columbia
- Court of Appeals of Maryland
- Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia
- Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- United States District Court for the District of Maryland
- United States Supreme Court
- University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., 1975)
- Washington & Lee University (B.A., 1970)
Paul S. Sugar
Paul S. Sugar is a principal with the Ober|Kaler Construction Group. His practice is devoted to construction industry counseling and dispute avoidance and resolution. He represents institutional owners, including colleges and universities, hospitals and other health care providers. Paul is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and its affinity group Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers. Paul also represents other participants in the construction industry, including contractors, subcontractors and design professionals, including some of the largest contractors in the Mid-Atlantic region.
His extensive general counsel work includes drafting and negotiating design and construction contracts of all types; furnishing project advice and negotiating project disputes; and compliance with applicable law including MBE, Davis-Bacon, OSHA and related matters. Paul’s dispute resolution experience includes trials, arbitrations, administrative hearings and mediations. He has substantial experience handling government and private construction claims, mechanics’ liens, construction defects, design negligence and surety disputes. Engagements have included projects for student housing, libraries, parking, research facilities, fine arts and performing arts centers, student commons and dining facilities on university campuses; construction of new and expanded hospital and other health care facilities; industrial and infrastructure construction including manufacturing, water and wastewater, power generation and transportation; commercial office and retail structures and condominiums.
Paul has served as both a neutral and party arbitrator in domestic and international construction disputes and has acted as a mediator.
Paul has substantial experience representing clients who provide goods and services to the State of Maryland, City of Baltimore and other public bodies in bid protests and contract claims. He has appeared frequently in procurement matters before the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals. Paul has represented companies in a variety of industries doing business with public agencies including construction, health care, information technology, transportation, business consulting services, accounting and durable business equipment.
Paul also represents manufacturers of durable goods in domestic and international commercial disputes and in product liability actions.
Paul’s professional and civic activities include serving on the board of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. The organization, which solicits attorneys to provide pro bono legal services to low-income residents, awarded Paul its Leadership Circle Award in 2008. Paul currently serves as its President. Paul also serves as the firm’s pro bono coordinator. In 2009 the firm was awarded MVLS’ law firm of the year award for providing pro bono legal service.
Paul was appointed by Baltimore City's Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to serve on her Transition Committee for Economic Development and Job Opportunities.
Paul currently serves as an elected member of the Section Council of the Section on Construction Law of the Maryland State Bar Association.
Paul also is a frequent lecturer on topics related to the construction industry and Maryland procurement and has authored numerous papers and articles on subjects ranging from the bidding process and contracts to mechanics’ liens and dispute resolution. He is a co-author of the definitive source in Maryland for mechanics’ liens, Mechanic’s Liens and the Maryland Trust Fund Law and the Maryland Prompt Pay Statute (MICPEL) and co-authored the chapter "Mechanics Liens and Statutory Remedies," in the Maryland Construction Law Deskbook, published by the Construction Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association.
- American Bar Association
- Section on Litigation
- Section on Public Contract Law
- Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
- Associated Builders and Contractors, Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter
- Member, 1994-present
- General Contractor’s Council, 1994-present
- Baltimore City Bar Association
- Executive Council, past-Member
- Maryland State Bar Association
- Section on Construction Law
- Section Council
- Section on Construction Law
- National Association of College and University Attorneys
- Baltimore Bar Foundation
- Board of Trustees, 1992-present
- Baltimore Courthouse Centennial (2000)
- Vice Chair, Finance Committee
- Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
- Board of Directors, 2006-present
- President, 2012-present
- Vice President, 2011-2012
- Board of Directors, 2006-present
- Washington & Lee University Annual Fund
- American Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Baltimore Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Maryland Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers, Construction, 2008-2013
- Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Service, Leadership Circle Award, 2008
- AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
- Law Clerk to the Honorable W. Albert Menchine, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland
- Assistant Solicitor, City of Baltimore
- Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Counsel to the Maryland Department of General Services, Co-chief of State Contract Litigation Unit
- Panelist, "Down & Dirty: Practical Advice for Successful Law Firm/Legal Services Provider Relationships," Annual Conference, Maryland Partners for Justice, 2013
- Presenter, "Mechanics Liens," MSBA Annual Conference, Construction Law Section, Maryland State Bar Assocation, 2013
- Co-author, “An Inconvenient Truth About Termination for Convenience Clauses in Private Construction Contracts,” Building Baltimore, Associated Builders and Contractors, Baltimore Chapter, 2012
- Presenter, "Mechanics Liens," Maryland Fifth Judicial Circuit Annual Conference, 2012
- Co-author, Chapter: "Mechanic's Liens and Statuory Remedies," Maryland Construction Law Deskbook, Construction Law Section, Maryland State Bar Assocation, 2012
- Presenter, "Key Provisions of the A201, 2007 Edition From the Owner's and Contractor's Perspectives," AIA Contracts, Lorman Education Services, 2011, 2012
- Speaker, “Draft Your Design and Construction Contracts to Manage ADA Risk or Be Prepared to Survive an ADA Section 504 Audit,” 9th Annual Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers Conference, Washington University, 2011
- Speaker, “Construction Law: Beyond the Basics,” Annual Meeting, Maryland State Bar Association, 2011
- Co-presenter, "Risk Allocation in Construction Contracts," ABA Forum on Construction Industry
- Co-author, “The Ten (or So) Most Important Construction Contract Provisions,” Presentation to National Association of College and University Attorneys Annual Conference
- Co-author, “AIA Contracts in Maryland,” Lorman Education Services
- Co-author, “Is There Prompt Payment Under the Prompt Payment Act?” ABC Newsletter/Baltimore Chapter
- Author, “The Maryland Trust Fund Statute: Contractors Need to Think Upside Down,” ABC Newsletter/Baltimore Chapter
- Co-author, “An Owner Orders a Change. Must You Comply?” ABC Newsletter/Baltimore Chapter
- Author, “Is Subcontractor’s Bid Binding?” ABC Newsletter/Baltimore Chapter
- Co-author, “Construction Contracting for Public Entities,” Lorman Education Services
- Co-author, “Mechanics’ Liens and the Maryland Trust Fund Law and the Maryland Prompt Pay Statute,” MICPEL
- Co-author, “Mechanic’s Lien Law In Maryland,” Lorman Education Services
- Contributor, “Fifty State Public Construction Contracting,” Wiley Law Publications
- Co-author, “Construction and Commercial Arbitration,” MICPEL
- Co-author, “Construction Claims for Owners and Developers,” CEMC and McGraw-Hill
- Co-author, “Commercial Construction Contracts,” MICPEL
- Co-author, “Construction Law Update,” MICPEL
- Co-author, “Residential Construction Disputes,” MICPEL
- Author, “Bidding on State Contracts,” The Daily Record
- Paul also writes a construction law column for the ABC, Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter publication, Building Baltimore.