Overview

Robbie Poplin focuses his practice on public-private partnership transactions and privatizations as well as large-scale complex commercial infrastructure, transportation, construction and development projects, together with the representation of clients initiating or expanding their business operations within Georgia, South Carolina and other Southeastern states. Mr. Poplin has tried cases to judges, juries and arbitrators, and conducted numerous mediations on a full range of construction and commercial disputes and issues. Mr. Poplin’s cases have arisen from all types of projects and matters across the country in which he has represented owners, public agencies, concessionaires, design/engineering firms, contractors, lenders, subcontractors, developers, sureties and suppliers, as well as many general business entities. 

Mr. Poplin has handled numerous matters in the Southeast region, including large multibillion dollar projects and transactions. As a result of his extensive work in South Carolina and Georgia, Mr. Poplin maintains productive working relationships with many current and former legislators, department heads and agency chairpersons. 

Mr. Poplin also advises and counsels a number of clients involved in college and professional athletics.

Mr. Poplin was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Construction Law in 2018 and the ten years immediately preceding. He was recognized as a Georgia "Super Lawyer" in Business/Corporate and Business Litigation in 2009, for Construction/Surety in 2013 and the four years immediately preceding, for Business Litigation in 2014, for Construction Litigation and Business Litigation in 2015, and for Construction Litigation in 2016 and 2017 by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Poplin was recommended by Legal 500 US in 2014 for Construction Law. He speaks conversational Spanish. Mr. Poplin is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

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Counsel to major stakeholder in connection with the most significant waterway dredging project and associated port facilities expansion currently planned in the United States. In connection with ongoing representation, helped secure pivotal environmental and other required permits and are handling political challenges as well as complex litigation in multiple federal and state and administrative law courts commenced by South Carolina State Commissions and several private environmental groups alleging that the Project did not adequately mitigate environmental impacts. The Project will enable Post-Panamax container ships to navigate the federal navigation channel and to call upon the Port of Savannah thereby resulting in a multi-billion dollar economic impact to the country and to the region.

Represented a substantial Trust and its Trustees in litigation commenced by a disgruntled Co-Trustee/Beneficiary. Successfully obtained Summary Judgment from the trial court and upheld that judgment through all levels of appellate review generating seminal published decisions.

Represented general contractor in connection with the prosecution of over $30 million in claims arising out of hotel projects for a national hotel chain in Arizona, Connecticut and Georgia.

Represented a major Texas municipality in a multi-party dispute regarding the design, fabrication and installation of a Granular Carbon Wastewater Purification System in connection with the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion.

Project counsel to the Greenville County, South Carolina School District in connection with its innovative U.S. $1 billion plan to design and construct over 70 new and renovated schools in a 3-1/2 year period. Counseled the District with respect to overall program definition, development, financing, licensing and procurement issues as well as media strategies and political dynamics. Also served as lead counsel in negotiating and drafting the Program Management, Construction Management and Master Development Agreements, and provided oversight in connection with the implementation and delivery of the program.

Project Counsel to EPC Consortium that planned, designed, built and delivered the U.S. $650 million Cooper River Bridges Replacement Project in Charleston, South Carolina. Advised the Consortium with respect to South Carolina Department of Transportation issues, procurement strategies, contract negotiation/execution, political dynamics and overall Project delivery.

Represented general contractor in connection with the prosecution of over $30 million in claims arising out of hotel projects for a national hotel chain in Arizona, Connecticut and Georgia.

Counsel to Top 3 worldwide sugar refiner/merchandiser and its executives regarding massive explosion at refinery.

Counsel to professional and intercollegiate coaches, owners and general managers in connection with employment and endorsement contracts, media appearances/arrangements, NCAA compliance issues and general strategic counseling.

Counsel to British Consulate General regarding political and economic initiatives in the Southeastern United States.

Represented a real estate development firm in action arising from a dispute with a law firm in San Diego. The California law firm had obtained a default judgment against it in California; the action in Atlanta sought enforcement of that California judgment. We convinced the Court to grant summary judgment to our client and make an explicit finding that the California judgment was void.

Outside counsel to the South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA). In that capacity, counseled the SCSPA in connection with a variety of matters, including: land use and zoning issues arising out of the construction and operation of containerized and break bulk cargo terminals; right-of-way acquisition, business, finance and political issues relating to the $650 million design and construction of the Cooper River Bridges Replacement Project; environmental impact, permitting, landlord-tenant/licensing issues associated with the SCSPA’s acquisition and use of the former Charleston Naval Base from the United States Government and the South Carolina Redevelopment Authority; nuclear, security and other regulatory issues associated with marine cargo being transported through the Port of Charleston, South Carolina; traditional and alternative methods of project and capital asset finance, state and federal grants, loans and funding mechanisms; local, state and federal governmental regulations; and dispute resolution in connection with procurement challenges and major commercial contract disputes.

Counsel to members of Board of Trustees of Southeastern Conference university regarding variety of NCAA and intercollegiate athletics issues.

Counsel to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority regarding the Metro West Water Supply Tunnel Project in Boston, Massachusetts.

Representing major stakeholder in connection with the most significant waterway dredging project and associated port facilities expansion currently planned in the United States. In connection with our ongoing representation, we helped secure pivotal environmental and other permits and are handling political challenges as well as complex litigation in multiple federal and state for a regarding the key issues. The project will enable Post-Panamax container ships to navigate the waterway and result in a multi-billion dollar economic impact to the country and to the region.

Counsel to Southeastern Conference university regarding expansion of athletic facilities.

Negotiation and enforcement of more than 250 sports contracts for professional and Olympic athletes.

Counsel to global Top 10 engineering consultancy regarding multiple projects in United States.

Represented the public owner in connection with the development, construction, delivery and claims resolution of its U.S. $1 Billion Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Represented infrastructure company in connection with several toll road projects.

Project counsel to the joint venture entity created by the State of Georgia and the State of South Carolina to develop a new U.S. $5 billion ocean marine terminal facility on the Savannah River in Jasper County, South Carolina.

Counsel to venture capital fund focused upon early-stage South Carolina domiciled companies.

Defense of $400 million claim relating principally to the collapse of a 4,750 meter shotcrete and rock bolt pressure tunnel that supplied water to a substantial hydroelectric facility in Panama.

Counsel to multiple consortia in connection with public private initiatives relating to toll roads and other public infrastructure assets.

Counsel to ENR tTp 5 design firm regarding various projects throughout United States.

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University of South Carolina, J.D. (1986)

University of South Carolina, B.A. (1983) magna cum laude

Harvard Business School, Executive Program - Leading Professional Services Firms

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Georgia (1986)

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