Lester C. Brock III     |     Partner

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ASSISTANT   |   Monica Covington-Parker     804.762.8023
PARALEGAL   |   Kristin Davis     804.762.8007

OFFICE   |   Richmond
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Les is a partner with Harman Claytor and concentrates his practice in the fields of construction law, land use/zoning, premises liability, and products liability.  As a member of the firm’s construction law group, Les routinely represents project owners, design professionals, contractors, and liability carriers in a variety of construction, professional liability, insurance coverage, and contract disputes, such as construction defect claims, design claims, delay claims, payment/bond claims, mechanic’s liens, and other commercial disputes.  Prior to joining Harman Claytor, Les clerked for Senior Justice A. Christian Compton of The Supreme Court of Virginia.

Education
  • University of Georgia, A.B., cum laude
    • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D.
    • Environmental Law Digest
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Board of Directors, DRI Representative,  2011 – 2014
  • Virginia Business Legal Elite
    • Young Lawyer (under 40) (2016)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers – Civil Litigation: Defense, 2017 & 2018
    • Rising Star – Civil Litigation: Defense, 2012 – 2014
  • Virginia State Bar
    • Construction Law & Public Contracts Section
    • Young Lawyers Conference
      • Chair, Committee on Admission and Orientation, 2011-12
      • Sponsors Coordinator & Ad Hoc Admissions, 2010-11
      • Circuit Co-Representative – 14th Circuit – Henrico, 2011-2015
  • Richmond Bar Association
    • Executive Committee Member, Young Lawyers Section, 2011-2015
    • Co-Chair, Social Committee, Young Lawyers Section, 2011-2015
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
    • State Representative – Virginia, 2011-2014
    • State Liaison – Judicial Task Force, Annual Meeting, 2011-2014
    • Young Lawyers Committee – Legislative Liaisons, Marketing Subcommittees
    • Products Liability Committee
    • Construction Law Committee
  • Henrico County Bar Association
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Virginia State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
Reported Cases
  • Hensel Phelps Constr. Co. v. Thompson Masonry Contractor, Inc., et al, 791 S.E.2d 734 (Va. S. Ct. 2016)
  • Allstate Ins. Co., a/s/o Hillel at Virginia Tech, Inc. v. Structures Design/Build, LLC, 2016 WL 1071040 (W.D. Va. 2016)
  • Maggard v. Essar Global Ltd., et al, 2015 WL 1498965 (W.D. Va. 2015)
  • Maggard v. Essar Global Ltd., et al, 2015 WL 1780838 (W.D. Va. 2015)
  • Supchak v. Fuller Const. Corp., et al., 86 Va. Cir. 517 (Chesapeake 2013)
  • Gauthreaux v. U.S., 694 F.Supp.2d 460 (E.D.Va. 2009)
Community Service
  • Lunch Buddies Program

Representative Experience
  • Successfully defended general contractor at trial in a case brought by a subcontractor for breach of contract and unjust enrichment to recover damages sustained in the construction of two public schools.
  • Obtained pre-trial dismissal of third-party claims against retailer of construction supplies in a construction defect case based on the failure of an allegedly defective plumbing part.
  • Obtained pre-trial dismissal of claims by general contractor against electrical subcontractor for breach of contract and indemnity to recover damages resulting from a fire allegedly caused by an electrical failure.
  • Obtained pre-trial dismissal of claims against manufacturer/seller of steel buildings in action for breach of contract and breach of warranty related to alleged failures in the roof.
  • Obtained pre-trial dismissal of claims against owner for damages allegedly sustained during roof repair project.
  • Obtained arbitration award in favor of construction contractor in an action for breach of contract in a design-build project.
  • Obtained dismissal of claims for construction contractor in a binding arbitration involving claims for breach of contract and warranty.
  • Obtained summary judgment for forklift manufacturer in a multi-million dollar product liability action involving claims for severe injuries including paraplegia.
  • Obtained defense judgment for a car dealership in an action involving claims for false advertising.
  • Obtained jury verdicts in favor of private educational institution in multiple lawsuits by passengers involved in a bus accident.
  • Obtained dismissal of claims against an amusement park in an action alleging defective restraints on a rollercoaster.
  • Obtained dismissal of claims against a large national grocery store chain in a premises liability action alleging a dangerous and defective condition on the premises.
  • Successfully defended an automotive repair shop in an action for negligent repairs.
  • Obtained defense judgment for a paint and auto body shop in a breach of contract action.
  • Successfully defended apartment building owner and property manager in a premises liability action involving a slip-and-fall accident.
  • Successfully defended national fast-food restaurant in a premises liability action involving a slip-and-fall accident.
  • Successfully defended nail salon in a premises liability action alleging a dangerous and defective condition on the premises.

The cases referenced above do not represent the lawyer’s entire record.  Each case must be evaluated on its own facts.  The outcome of a particular case cannot be based on past results.