Arty Bolick is an experienced litigator and construction lawyer who represents clients in all manner of court proceedings and arbitrations. He counsels his construction clients throughout all phases of commercial and institutional construction projects, from contracting and claims resolution, to arbitration and litigation if disputes cannot be resolved through negotiation. Arty is a Certified Mediator through the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission.
Arty represents owners, contractors and subcontractors in disputes during all phases of a construction project, including negotiating change orders and other claims that may arise during a project, as well as post completion litigation and arbitration. Arty looks to provide value to clients by saving litigation costs and expense where claims can be resolved through careful negotiation. Of course, not all disputes can be resolved without legal action. When litigation is the best strategy, Arty has more than two decades of experience litigating disputes in the courtroom and through arbitration. Arty has appeared on behalf of clients in both state and federal courts, and before numerous experienced mediators and arbitrators.
He also represents and advises owners, lenders, developers, design professionals, construction managers, general contractors and subcontractors in drafting and negotiating contracts for all types of commercial and institutional projects. Arty understands that contract negotiation is principally about risk allocation. He works hard for clients to ensure they do not take on unnecessary risks, and to make sure they are properly compensated for the risks they do agree to absorb. Arty is equally comfortable helping a small contractor perfect its agreements as representing owners, developers and lenders in multi-million dollar construction projects. Over the last decade, Arty has negotiated contracts for all sizes of projects, from small commercial buildings, to apartment complexes, to larger office buildings and public high schools where eight figure budgets are common.
"Understanding our client’s risk is the key to practicing law, whether I am negotiating a favorable contract or implementing a winning litigation strategy."
Arty represents public owners in compliance with public procurement laws, as well as assisting private contractors engaged in bidding public projects. He is particularly knowledgeable regarding the construction manager at-risk delivery method for public entities and has represented both public owners and construction managers in connection with construction manager at-risk projects. Arty is often called upon to assist public owners and contractors to resolve bid protests and other contract award issues. Arty is also experienced in pursuing claims involving payment and performance bonds. He has represented public owners forced to make demand upon performance bond sureties to complete projects, as well as subcontractors making Miller Act claims against a payment bond.
Arty represents a number of public school boards, primarily counseling them in areas related to construction and facilities, including procurement and contracting, as well as claims resolution and litigation.
Arty is a certified mediator in North Carolina. He focuses his mediation practice primarily on construction disputes, but is also well-versed in business litigation disputes.
Honors & Recognitions
Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America (2018-present)
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Construction Law (2012-2022)
Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Construction (2020, 2021)
Recognized by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s "Legal Elite" in Construction Law (2011-2021)
Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) for Construction Litigation (2012-2021)
Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition for Construction Litigation (2015)
University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1994, with honors; Order of the Coif; Staff Member, North Carolina Law Review, 1992-93
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1991
Certified as a North Carolina mediator by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th, 7th, and Federal Circuits
U.S. District Court for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts North Carolina
- RecognitionThe Best Lawyers in America®, 08.19.2021
- RecognitionChambers USA, 05.20.2021
- RecognitionNorth Carolina Super Lawyers, 01.14.2021
- RecognitionTwenty-Six Brooks Pierce Attorneys Named to Business North Carolina’s 2021 “Legal Elite” and “Hall of Fame”Business North Carolina Legal Elite, 01.03.2021
- RecognitionThe Best Lawyers in America®, 08.20.2020
- RecognitionChambers USA, 05.01.2020
- RecognitionNorth Carolina Super Lawyers, 01.22.2020
- RecognitionTwenty-One Brooks Pierce Attorneys Named to Business North Carolina’s 2020 “Legal Elite” and “Hall of Fame”Business North Carolina Legal Elite, 01.02.2020
- RecognitionCommunity or Pro Bono Recognition, 12.16.2019
- RecognitionThe Best Lawyers in America®, 08.15.2019
- RecognitionTwenty-Five Brooks Pierce Attorneys Recognized in Business North Carolina’s 2019 “Legal Elite” and “Hall of Fame”Business North Carolina, 01.02.2019
- RecognitionThe Best Lawyers in America®, 08.15.2018
- Media Mention08.09.2018
- Press Release03.16.2018
- RecognitionTwenty-five Brooks Pierce Attorneys Recognized in Business North Carolina’s 2018 “Legal Elite” and "Hall of Fame"Business North Carolina, 01.02.2018
- Media MentionPractical Law, 12.07.2017
- Press Release12.06.2017
- RecognitionThe Best Lawyers in America®, 08.15.2017
- Press Release03.31.2017
- Press Release03.23.2017
- RecognitionNorth Carolina Super Lawyers, 01.20.2017
- RecognitionNineteen Brooks Pierce Attorneys Recognized in Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” and “Hall of Fame”Business North Carolina, 01.03.2017
- RecognitionThe Best Lawyers in America®, 08.15.2016
- RecognitionNineteen Brooks Pierce Attorneys Recognized in Business North Carolina’s 2016 “Legal Elite” and “Hall of Fame”01.07.2016
- RecognitionSuper Lawyers Business Edition, 11.05.2015
- RecognitionThe Best Lawyers in America®, 08.17.2015
- Press Release05.04.2015
- RecognitionNorth Carolina Super Lawyers, 01.20.2015
- RecognitionTwenty-one Brooks Pierce Attorneys Recognized in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" and "Hall of Fame"Business North Carolina, 01.04.2015
- Press Release07.06.2012
- Press Release07.06.2011
- Press Release04.03.2008
- COVID-19 Response Resource Center: Timely Counsel for your Business, 08.10.2020
- Client Alert08.01.2018
- Client AlertFourth Circuit Decision Opens the Door to Joint Employer Liability for Contractors - Could Your Company Be At Risk?02.14.2017
Professional & Civic
Professional & Civic Activities
General Counsel, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce
Chair (2016-2017), Vice-Chair (2015-2016), Construction Professionals Network Institute
Vice-Chair (2021-present), Secretary (2017-2021), Board of Directors, Carrboro Arts Center
Chair, NC Bar Association Construction Law Section (2012-2013)
Vice-Chair, NC Bar Association Construction Law Section (2011-2012)
Member, Construction Law Section Council (2010-2011)
Chair, CLE Committee, NC Bar Association Construction Law Section (2007-2008)
Member, Construction & Dispute Resolution Sections, North Carolina Bar Association
Member, Guilford County Bar Association (1994 – present)
Vice-President Congregation Council, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (2005-2008)
When I am not busy practicing law, I usually can be found spending time with my family, cooking or cycling the back roads near our Orange County home. Hence, my Twitter description: "Father of three girls, construction lawyer, cook, occasional cyclist."
My latest hobby is playing the mandolin. My oldest daughter plays guitar, and she and I take lessons together once a week. Thus far, my most celebrated performance was playing a selection of Irish reels at my youngest daughter's school for St. Patrick's Day. Who knew that standing up to perform for a room full of kindergartners could be as intimidating as any courtroom?
I especially enjoy Saturday morning trips to the local farmers’ market with my wife and three daughters to pick out ingredients for our weekend dinners. I find cooking is a lot like litigation: you take the ingredients you have and with a little hard work, come up with the best presentation for a successful outcome.