Overview

Monte S. Starr practices in Holland & Knight's Orlando office and is a member of the firm's Construction Industry Practice Group. Mr. Starr handles a variety of complex construction litigation matters. Mr. Starr has experience representing general contractors, homebuilders, owners and manufacturers, including claims for construction defects, inefficiency/delay damages, construction related product defects, water intrusion, lien foreclosures and contract disputes on a range of commercial, industrial and infrastructure projects.  Additionally, Mr. Starr’s experience includes the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts and related documents for a variety of projects. 

Mr. Starr is Florida Bar Board Certified in Construction Law. He has also received an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell®.

In addition to his construction experience, Mr. Starr has significant experience handling complex product liability and toxic tort litigation. His product liability experience includes representing clients on issues related to fire cause and origin, HVAC equipment and filters, tire separations, fire suppression systems and exposure to PVC off-gases. Mr. Starr also dedicates a portion of his time to representing pro bono clients.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Starr was an assistant state attorney with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office where he was assigned to the Narcotics Trafficking Division.

Selected recent representations by Mr. Starr include:

  • prosecution of claim in excess of $40 million arising from the construction of a cement processing plant
  • defense of claims totaling $500 million arising from a turbine purchase agreement
  • defense of claims totaling $40 million related to Chinese drywall
  • defense of claims totaling $51 million arising from the construction of a 50 million-gallons-per-day seawater desalination facility

Credentials

Education
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., with honors
  • The Ohio State University, B.A., Criminal Justice
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Maryland
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Memberships
  • Orange County Bar Association. Construction Law Committee, Chair, 2010-2012 
  • The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Leadership Orlando, Class 72
  • The Associated General Contractors of Greater Florida
  • Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida, Board of Directors
Honors & Awards
  • The Legal 500 USA, Real Estate and Construction: Construction, 2014, 2019
  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Construction Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

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