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    • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, The Urban Lawyer, Editor-in-Chief
    • B.Arch., University of Kansas, Dean's List

With more than 14 years of experience in the construction industry, Ryan Manies brings a valuable perspective to those who develop, design, and construct. Prior to his legal career, Ryan worked as an architect for a mid-sized architectural firm in Kansas City, Mo.

He is well-versed in construction contract drafting and negotiations for contractors, designers, private owners, and public entities utilizing The American Institute of Architects, ConsensusDOCS, and other construction industry standard form contracts.

Ryan’s project experience is both international and widely varied, including professional sports facilities, health care, energy, commercial, educational, religious, and residential structures. He has extensive experience in the preparation, review, and analysis of numerous project agreements, including teaming agreements, memorandums of understanding, prime contracts, subcontracts, requests for proposal, and other front-end contract documents.

In construction disputes, Ryan has prepared and defended claims in numerous areas, including:

  • Defective workmanship
  • Professional malpractice
  • Architectural and engineering design issues
  • Public bidding disputes
  • Building code issues
  • Performance and payment bond claims
  • Contractor default
  • Mechanic’s liens
  • Differing site condition issues
  • Delay claims
  • Other construction and design disputes
  • Extensive experience with design build construction contracts on both sides of the table (Owner and General Contractor).  This experience includes drafting and negotiating design-build agreements (AIA, ConsensusDOCS, and non-standardized agreements). 
  • Experience with completion guaranty agreements. This experience is mainly involving negotiation of completion guaranty agreements on behalf of owners or general contractors.

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Construction Defect Litigation: From A to Z
National Business Institute
Co-Presenter
March 2015
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Green Building and the Construction Lawyer, First Edition
American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry
Co-Author
2014
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Construction Subcontracting: A Comprehensive Practical and Legal Guide, First Edition
American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry
Licensure Chapter Co-Author
2014
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Contracting with Lean and Integrative Project Delivery
Lean Construction Institute Kansas City Community of Practice
November 2013
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The Fundamentals of Construction Law
American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry Regional Conference
Regional Coordinator
November 8, 2013
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The Calculation of Delay and Disruption Claims
National Association of Construction Auditors Third Annual Conference
October 2013
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Missouri Peer Review Legislation Overview
AIA Missouri Grassroots & Annual Meeting - Jefferson City, Missouri
March 2013
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State-By-State Guide to Architect, Engineer, and Contractor Licensing
Second Edition
Kansas Chapter Co-Author
2013
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Missouri Peer Review Legislation for Design Professionals
American Institute of Architects - Kansas City
October 2012
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Bridging and the Relationship with Design-Build: Strategies and Legal Risks to Consider
Design-Build Institute of America - Mid-America Region O.N.E. Conference
September 2012
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