Overview

Nora devotes her practice to the construction industry. From front-end contract review and assisting clients with project documentation to ensure they are in the best position to defend or prosecute claims, Nora helps clients identify, avoid, and resolve project disputes both while the project is progressing to prevent issues from escalating, through litigation and alternative dispute resolutions if necessary. With a focus on risk management, Nora believes in helping clients spend their time where it should be spent—developing their businesses. Nora has represented owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, suppliers, and sureties, which enables her to spot issues and risks from all sides.

Nora has significant experience in all construction related matters, including specialized areas such as bid protests, government set-aside programs, and P3 project delivery methods.

Practices

    • Successfully defended mechanical piping contractor and its surety from $30 million claim asserted by owner of ethanol plant for allegedly defective work (no damages awarded against clients).
    • Successfully defended claim by general contractor in excess of $500,000 (no damages awarded against client) for final judgment to client in the amount of $275,972.27 as set off for client’s fees and costs.
    • Settled lawsuit against architect client on behalf of errors and omissions insurer for $40,000 with alleged damages in excess of $3 million plus punitive damages.
    • Secured $800,000 award and judgment against general contractor and its surety for bridge painting subcontractor client for disputed extra work and contract balance due.
  • Education

    • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 2005
    • Miami University, B.A., English Literature, 1994

    Admissions

    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    • State of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio and Southern District of Ohio
  • Professional Affiliations

    • National Association of Women in Construction - Membership Committee Co-Chair (2018-Present)
    • American Arbitration Association—Arbitrator, Commercial and Construction Panels (2017-Present)
    • ALFA International, Construction Practice Group—Steering Committee (2018-Present); Women's Initiative—Steering Committee (2018-Present)
    • Cleveland Leadership Center, Cleveland Leadership Institute (Class of 2019)
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association—Member
    • Ohio State Bar Association—Member
    • National Association of Women in Construction—Member
    • American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law—Member
    • Surety Association of Ohio

    Community Involvement

    • Cleveland Leadership Center, Leadership Cleveland (Class of 2019)
    • YWCA Greater Cleveland, Quest—Class of 2017
    • Playhouse Square Partners—Member (2016)
    • United Way Investment Committee—Volunteer (2006-2016)
    • Boys and Girls Club of America—Bridge Board (2007-2012)

    Firm Involvement

    • Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee- Frantz Ward LLP
    • Named as “Associate to Watch” by Chambers USA: America’s Guide to Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Construction (2012; 2013)
    • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2012-2015)
    • Recipient of Full Dean’s Scholarship, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (2001-2005)
    • Editor, Journal of Law and Health, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (2002-2003)
    • "Means & Methods of Resolving Construction Disputes," Panelist, ALFA International Practice Group Seminar, Banff, Alberta, Canada (July 2018)
    • "Key Contracting Issues," Northeast Ohio Association of Corporate Counsel, Cleveland, OH (June 2018)
    • "AIA Contract Documents 2017 Updates - Time Is Running Out," ALFA International Webinar (April 2018)
    • "Collection Techniques for Subcontractors," Lorman Live Webinar (February 2018)
    • "What Do You Do When the Contract is Changed?,” National Business Institute, Cleveland, OH (May 2017)
    • “Critical Project Documentation,” National Association of Women in Construction, Cleveland, OH (October 2015)
    • “Increasing Odds of Getting Paid in Full,” American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law, Cleveland, OH (May 2015)
    • “Construction Lien Law,” National Business Institute, Cleveland, OH (November 2013)