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David A. Senter


  • (T) 336.387.5126
  • (F) 336.387.8928

David Senter is a genuine product of North Carolina’s legal community and is widely respected for his background in construction law, commercial litigation, and commercial collections.  He leads the firm’s Raleigh office with honesty, confidence, and commitment, and he routinely draws upon his 30+ years of experience to deliver innovative solutions and legal strategies on a wide range of issues impacting the state’s construction industry. 

A Track Record that Speaks for Itself

Since David joined the firm in 1984, clients have trusted him to handle routine and complex cases.  He has become sought-after for his practical advice, building a practice with significant career highlights that include:

  • Advice and negotiation over alleged steel paint defect on the railroad lift bridge over Galveston Bay.
  • Advice regarding supplier joint ventures for large public works and stadium projects throughout the United States.
  • Representation of one of NASCAR’s top drivers in construction of his state of the art race shop and resulting litigation.
  • Successful representation of client in federal court trial over structural steel supplied for the longest cable stay bridge in North America.
  • Representation of one of the largest structural steel fabricators in the county with regard to project delivery methods, contract negotiations and claim resolution for projects ranging from high rise buildings to sports stadia to industrial facilities.


  • Wake Forest University, J.D., cum laude, 1984
  • Wake Forest University, B.S., cum laude, 1981
Bar Admissions
  • North Carolina (All State & Federal Courts)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • American Bar Association
        -Tort and Insurance Practice Section
       - Litigation Section
       - Construction Litigation Committee
       - Former Member, Governing Committee, Construction Forum
       - Former Chair, Division 9 Steering Committee, Specialty Trade
         Contractors and Suppliers
  • North Carolina Bar Association
        Former Member, Construction Law Section Council
  • American Arbitration Association
        Panel of Arbitrators
  • NCDRC Certified Superior Court Mediator

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  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2003 for Construction Law and Litigation-Construction
  • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" in Greensboro - 2012, 2014, 2016
  • The International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers (2013-present)
  • Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers® for Construction Litigation, 2015 - 2017
  • Named among North Carolina's "Legal Elite" by Business North Carolina magazine for construction in 2017

  • Representation of helical anchor supplier in connection with collapse of 1036 foot TV tower
  • Federal court trial over structural steel supplied for the longest cable stay bridge in North America
  • Representation of structural steel fabricator in claims involving airbus hanger facility
  • Representation of structural steel fabricator in contract negotiations over sports stadium and energy related facilities
  • Prosecution of a national plumbing supply company's claim for $1.0 million owed on eight different projects in two states involving the same bankrupt utility contractor and its sureties. It also involved the separate defense of the utility contractor's $1.2 million claim for allegedly defective pipe which required the joiner of the pipe manufacturer and pipe coater. Also defended the contractor's $600,000 preference action against our client in which case contingent bond claims were asserted against the contractor's sureties.
  • Representation of a structural steel fabricator with regard to construction, lien and bond issues related to its bankruptcy pending in the Southern District of New York. This involved preparing a matrix of subcontractor and supplier lien and bond rights for approximately 15 states and then analyzing the actual lien and bond rights of subcontractors and suppliers on projects in each of those states.
  • Prosecution of an engineering and design firm's claim for $1.2 million due for design of a fiber optic cable system across two states. The case involved defending claims of deficient design and pursuing claims against a surety and against a contractor and owner in bankruptcy court. 

David serves as an Adjunct Professor of Construction Law at Wake Forest University School of Law.


Co-author of the chapter "Warranties in Subcontracts" in the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry's soon to be published book on Subcontracting.

"Payment" chapter in Construction Law Casebook published by the American Bar Association's ("ABA") Forum on the Construction Industry (2009)

Co-author of the North Carolina section in the State-by-State Guide to Contracts and Claims book  published in 2006 by Aspen Law & Business

Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the North Carolina Construction Law Deskbook (5th ed., 2013)

Construction Warranties and Guarantees: A Primer, The Construction Lawyer, Vol. 23, No. 1 (Winter 2003)

"The Role Of The Subcontractor" chapter in The Fundamentals Of Construction Law published by the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry (2001)

Co-author of the North Carolina section in the State-by-State Guide to Architect, Engineer, and Contractor Licensing book published in 1999 by Aspen Law & Business

Statutory Grounds for Challenging Arbitration Awards, The Construction Lawyer, Vol. 19, No. 4 (October 1999).

David is an avid runner and has completed multiple marathons and half marathons on 2 continents. His children inspired him to take up long distance running late in life and now his wife has joined the team.  In addition to running, David enjoys riding his horses, traveling and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

David is actively involved with his alma mater, Wake Forest, and has served as a member of the undergraduate school’s Alumni Council and the law school’s Alumni Council.  He is also an adjunct professor at the law school teaching Construction Law.

David has long been active in his church, Parkway Baptist Church, serving in many leadership roles.  As an Eagle Scout, David supports the Boy Scouts of America, having spent many fun days and nights helping his sons on the trail to Eagle. 


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"I work hard at being available and responsive to my clients, offering solid practical advice."