Will W. Allensworth

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Will helps clients translate legal scenarios into specific business cases and actionable, strategic plans, with the ultimate goal of resolving disputes as favorably and rapidly as possible.

Overview

Will Allensworth is a lawyer who stands out for his analytic mind and deep commitment to legal scholarship. His greatest strength, however, is his ability to bridge the gap between theory and real-world application in complex construction disputes, distilling his analysis into straightforward risk assessments and pragmatic advice that clients rely on to navigate conflict and promote their long-term business goals.

As an advisor and problem solver, Will counsels construction industry clients on legal issues with the goal of helping them make informed business decisions about legal costs, settlement negotiations, and potential recovery and risk, among other things. A seasoned construction dispute attorney, he helps them translate legal scenarios into specific business cases and actionable, strategic plans, with the ultimate goal of resolving disputes as favorably and rapidly as possible.

His process begins with diagnosing the specific problem his client faces and determining whether a construction lawyer (or a corporate, bankruptcy, or other specialist) is really what’s needed. He then evaluates what he calls a “win condition”—what success would be, what kind of return it would provide, and how that compares to the costs, both financial and managerial, of any potential alternative. Will places great analytical emphasis on possible legal outcomes and avoids substituting his own business thinking for his clients’.

Will is a jack-of-all-trades in a highly specialized field. He brings to his work an unusually broad range of both clients (owners, general contractors, and design professionals) and industry insight (insurance defense, payment disputes, project closeout, lien claims, and professional ethics). His industry focus is augmented by an insatiable scholarly drive—Will has written over a dozen papers on construction-related topics, including risk allocation strategies and claims, the Economic Loss Rule, statutes of limitations, and consequential damages, among others. He has spoken several times at the State Bar of Texas’s annual Construction Law Conference, and he teaches Construction Litigation at the University of Texas School of Law.

Will is an avid fan of ice-cold Coors Lights, B-movies, and Texas Tech sports, but these days you’ll mostly find him watching The Octonauts with his young children.

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Education

  • J.D., with honors, University of Texas School of Law (2010)
  • B.A., Philosophy, Texas Tech University (2005)

Licenses & Certifications

  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • Admitted to U.S. District Courts for the Western, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas
  • Admitted to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Board Certified® in Construction Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
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