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Ryan comes to Johnson Pope with hands-on experience in construction, real estate, and premises-related disputes. Ryan has represented developers, general contractors, sub-contractors, and design professionals on both sides of commercial and residential construction defect matters, including numerous high-exposure cases involving high-rise condominiums, mixed-use developments, and homeowner’s associations. Throughout law school, Ryan maintained employment as a law clerk for an attorney/licensed general contractor where he gained insight into construction defect litigation, pre-suit matters, contract analysis, composition, negotiation and enforcement. As a member of the Construction Litigation team at Johnson Pope, Ryan will guide clients through the maze of complex construction-related regulations and represent them in all their construction litigation needs, from concept to contract to judgement.

Memberships and Associations

  • Admitted to The Florida Bar


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – 2015
  • Florida State University, College of Law, J.D – 2019
  • Dean’s List
  • Book Award/Top Grade:  Florida Civil Practice; Real Estate Foundations; Florida Alternative Dispute Resolution



For more than two decades, Matt Taylor has spent his time guiding clients though their construction matters from concept to groundbreaking to ribbon cutting. A sixth generation Floridian, Matt was raised in his family’s construction business making the transition to client’s needs a seamless transition.

Matt has extensive litigation/trial, arbitration and mediation experience in all facets of residential construction, industrial construction, commercial construction, and site development/permitting matters. He also has experience handling complex matters and has a broad reach throughout the State of Florida in Administrative, State Circuit and Federal Courts, as well as throughout the United States.

Representative litigation matters include but are not limited to: construction defect disputes; multi-million-dollar commercial/residential/industrial construction disputes; delay damage disputes; massive development/real property disputes; commercial contract litigation; commission disputes; fidelity, bond and surety law disputes; public contract law; construction completion; Florida lien law; Federal Miller Act claims; faulty design/engineering; AIA/AAA Arbitration; permitting disputes; licensing disputes; as well as bid protests and warranty claims.

Matt also has significant trial experience before DOAH on complex development, Environmental Resource Permitting, and construction challenges encompassing up to $750 million dollars. He has handled multi-million-dollar developer bond foreclosures through trial and appeal.

He has also acted as special litigation counsel on numerous complex construction litigation matters for Special Taxing Districts within the State of Florida and handled hundreds of cases from start to finish in a first chair capacity throughout Florida and across the United States.

Distinctions & Memberships

  • Admitted to the Florida Bar
  • Admitted to the United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • Admitted to the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Admitted to the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Continuing Author/Editor for the Florida Bar’s “Real Property Litigation Handbook” Chapter One Quieting Title and Ejectment.
  • Continuing seminar instructor for Construction Industry Continuing Education on Contract/Lien Law/Bond Law in Florida
  • Barrister with the National Inns of Court, Manatee Inns
  • Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Reserved for those attorneys winning one million dollars or more for their clients in verdict or settlement.
  • Member, Florida Transportation Builders Association


  • University of South Florida, College of Business Administration, BS Economics
    • Recipient of Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence
  • Stetson University, College of Law, Juris Doctor
    • Cum Laude
    • Honor Court Justice

Providing Full-Service Representation in Construction Law Matters

The attorneys in our Construction Law Practice deliver comprehensive representation to contractors, developers, owners, design professionals, businesses and other entities operating across the construction industry. Our lawyers are actively involved throughout the entire lifespan of the project – from the initial planning, to financing and construction, to building completion. We draw upon our depth of experience in all aspects of construction law to provide our clients with the representation they need to protect both their legal rights and their bottom lines.

Partnering with Our Clients to Ensure Successful Project Outcomes

At Johnson Pope, we aim to develop strong partnerships with our clients from the very outset of the project. Our lawyers advise clients on a wide range of organizational matters, from how to structure their companies, to developing asset protection measures, to securing proper insurance coverage.

Once a construction project surfaces, we work directly with our clients to ensure that appropriate safeguards are put into place to address potential risks and exposures. We focus on making certain that the legal documents include specific provisions and conditions relating to project timing, payment and billing, lien rights, inspections, damages and other matters critical to the successful outcome of the project.

When construction is complete and we are representing the contractor, we will take the appropriate steps to ensure that our client receives payment for services in a timely manner. If our client is the real estate owner, we will carefully review all angles of the project to ensure our client has received everything promised before releasing final payments.

Unfortunately, despite the strongest protections, there are times when a project will go wrong and legal disputes will surface. When this occurs, our attorneys are well positioned to navigate our clients through the dispute. Since we are actively involved from the very beginning of a project, we know how the project was structured and can quickly develop plans and strategies aimed at resolving the situation in the most favorable manner possible.

Utilizing an Interdisciplinary Approach to Meet Diverse Client Needs

Time is everything in the construction industry, and at Johnson Pope, we are committed to settling disputes quickly, before they escalate into serious problems that need to be resolved in litigation. We recognize, however, that in certain situations, taking the matter to arbitration, mediation or court may be the best option for our client. In these cases, the litigators in our Construction Law Practice often collaborate with attorneys in our Civil Litigation Group to aggressively advocate for our clients at every phase of the proceedings.

Johnson Pope’s interdisciplinary approach to the practice of law also ensures that our clients have access to a team of experienced attorneys working across a full range of legal disciplines. This means that regardless of the types of problems that may arise during the course of your construction project, we have lawyers in-house who can find the right solutions for you.

Construction Law Practice Areas


Craig’s first career was as a civil and environmental engineer providing engineering design and construction management on residential, commercial and industrial land development and construction projects.  As an attorney, Craig has built upon his land development experience and has focused on construction, real estate transactions, entitlements, land use and zoning matters.  Prior to joining firm, he served as in-house counsel for two national real estate development companies and a pharmaceutical manufacturer (all three Fortune 500 companies) gaining a broad range of real estate, construction and commercial contracting experience, including purchase and sale agreements, design and construction contracting, leasing of manufacturing, warehouse and office space, landlord-tenant issues, subdivision planning and entitlements, and community association creation and governance.


  • Admitted to the Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars
  • Admitted to the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Florida State Courts
  • Admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania
  • Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and North Carolina
  • Member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Associate Member of the American Association of Professional Landmen
  • Former member of the Pennsylvania and Montgomery County Bar Associations


  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S. Environmental Engineering
  • Beasley School of Law, Temple University, J.D.

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