C. Michael Shull, III

T 502.568.0239
F 502.581.1087
400 West Market Street
Suite 3200
Louisville, Kentucky 40202-3363

Michael is a member at Frost Brown Todd LLC and focuses his practice on construction law and litigation. Michael's client representations range from casinos and ENR Top 400 contractors to design firms and subcontractors. He has handled cases involving coastal bridges, high-rise hotels and casinos, shopping malls, mixed use developments, subdivisions and highways. He has experience with claims involving delay costs, differing site conditions, defective plans and specifications, change order disputes, terminations and lost production. Michael has represented clients in court or in ADR proceedings in Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina, and elsewhere. He also writes, reviews and negotiates contracts for owners, designers and contractors, often for projects exceeding $100 million. Michael has advised clients from most U.S. states, the Republic of Ireland, and Switzerland.

Prior to pursuing his legal career, Michael was a research engineer for the Kentucky Transportation Center (formerly the research division of the Kentucky Department of Transportation), where he gained experience with highway construction materials and pavement drainage systems, along with pavement life monitoring, bridge stability testing and alternative pavement systems. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering in addition to his law degree.

Michael is a published authority on construction law topics, as well as a former assistant adjunct professor for the construction Law course at Southern Polytechnic State University.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Recognized by Louisville Business First as one of the "20 People to Know in Law," 2015
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers® 2013-2016
  • Chambers USA, Litigation: Construction

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association, 2009

Non-FBT Publications and Events

AIA A201 Deskbook - Contributing Author, American Bar Association 2017

Construction Laws and Customs: Kentucky State Q&A, Thomson Reuters Practical Law 2017

"Don't Let the Poppies Slow You Down - Flow-down, Delay and Liquidated Damages Provisions," American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, presented at the 2018 Midwinter Program, January 17-19, 2018

“Joint Ventures in Construction” October 22, 2015, Ohio Valley Construction Conference, Elizabeth, Indiana

“Business Planning, Management, and Marketing for Construction” May 21, 2015, Department of Transportation Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
In partnership with the Surety and Fidelity Association of America, Louisville Kentucky

“Construction Contract Clauses”, September 2, 2014, Internet Seminar, Catalent Pharma Solutions

“Mediation Strategies for Success”, June 19, 2014, Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention (with Buckner Hinkle, Terry Brookie, Linda Hopgood, Judge Christi Underwood, and John R. Van Winkle.

“Public Private Partnerships”, October 12, 2013, Indiana Bar Association, Construction Law Section Annual Meeting, October 12, 2013, Bloomington, Indiana (with Gary Dankert, Richard Pearse, and Loren Slutzky)

“Killer Contract Clauses”  September 26, 2013, Ohio Valley Construction Conference, Elizabeth, Indiana

“Public-Private Partnerships” April 11, 2013, Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers Annual Meeting, Louisville Kentucky.

“Public-Private Partnerships:  Filling the Funding Gap”, March 27, 2013, Kentucky Surety Association Quarterly Meeting, Louisville Kentucky.

“Public-Private Partnerships In Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky”  March 1, 2013,  University of Kentucky Construction Law Institute, Lexington, Kentucky (with John Higgins)

“An Overview of the Construction Manager at Risk Delivery Method” April 27, 2012, Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers Annual Convention, Bowling Green, Kentucky (with Boday Borez, P.E.).

“Upcoming Projects in Metro Louisville” April 5, 2012, CFMA Kentuckiana Chapter Presentation (with Ed Glasscock and Vickie Yates Brown), Louisville, Kentucky.

“Kentucky Lien and Bond Law”, March 24, 2011, CFMA Kentuckiana Chapter Presentation, Louisville Kentucky

“Project Delivery Systems and Contract Risk Management” 2010, Turner Construction School of Construction Management:  Construction Management Training for Emerging Minority and Women-Owned Businesses, Louisville, Kentucky

“Construction Project Documentation”, June 29, 2010, Kentuckiana Associated Builders and Contractors, Louisville Kentucky (with Julio Driggs)

“Tumultuous Kentucky Legislative Session Generates Several Bills Relating to the Construction Industry”
FBT News, April 2010

“Construction Project Documentation” ABC of Kentuckiana, 2010

“Construction Payment Issues” ABC of Middle Tennessee, 2009

“Chapter 6: Colorado Construction and Design Law”
A State-By-State Guide to Construction & Design Law, 2nd Ed.
American Bar Association, 2009

“Building Smart in Tough Economic Times”, February 10, 2009, Nashville Associated Builders and Contractors, Nashville, Tennessee (with Tim Crenshaw)

“Chapter 25: Contract Clauses—Managing, Allocating, and Transferring Construction Project Risks”
A Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Construction Law
Colorado Bar Association, 2008

“Chapter 26: Colorado State and Local Taxation of the Construction Industry”
A Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Construction Law
Colorado Bar Association, 2008

Georgia Lien and Bond Law Lorman Seminars, 2001-2005

Georgia Construction Law Lorman Seminars, 2001-2005

“Procurement Law: New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Maryland, Rhode Island Chapters”
AGC’s Fifty State Public Procurement Matrix
Associated General Contractors, 2001, 2005 (update).

“Chapter 21: Differing Site (Changed) Conditions”
Construction Business Handbook, 2nd Ed. Aspen Publishers, 2003.

“Changed Conditions”
Construction Briefings, Second Series, Federal Publications 2000

Other Contact Info


Cynthia Endy
T 502.779.8640