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Karen Smith
Phone: 919.821.6773
Fax: 919.821.6800

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • All North Carolina State Courts


University of North Carolina, J.D., with honors, 1990

Lemoyne College, B.A., 1987

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Peter J. Marino

  • 150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2300
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
  • Phone: 919.821.6607
  • Fax: 919.821.6800

Pete Marino chairs Smith Anderson’s Construction and Real Estate Development practice groups and has been integrally involved as lead counsel for the Firm in some of the most significant projects in the state and region, including a LEED-certified World Headquarters project for a leading Fortune 500 company. His practice includes all facets of Construction and Development law arising out of public and private projects, and he has advised on numerous solar and other LEED-certified and sustainable projects.

Pete has extensive experience in representing owners, developers, general contractors, sureties, design professionals and large subcontractors on a wide variety of construction and development matters and serves upon request as an independent arbitrator in construction disputes. He is experienced in construction contract drafting and negotiation, lien, bond and licensing issues, claims administration and avoidance, and regularly handles owner-contractor-subcontractor disputes, including mediation, arbitration and litigation.

Pete counsels construction, owner and development-industry clients to identify, evaluate, avoid and manage risk in a variety of contexts and often serves in an outside general counsel role. He regularly represents clients in various public construction bid, contracting and litigation matters involving highway and other public infrastructure and military projects. He has represented clients in connection with contracting, bid and claim disputes related to reconstruction projects in Iraq and Afghanistan, among many other national and international projects.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Regional Transportation Alliance, Freeways Division Chair
  • American Bar Association, Construction Forum Section, Steering Committee Member and Division II Chair-Elect
  • Court Appointed and Certified Arbitrator for the Tenth Judicial District, North Carolina
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Construction Law Section
    • Past Chair and Vice Chair
    • Lien Law Committee, Past Co-Chair
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Real Property Section, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association and Carolina’s Chapter of the Association of General Contractors, Joint Committee Member
  • Strategic Planning and Emerging Trends Committee, North Carolina Bar Association, Appointed Member (2008-2010)
  • East Central Community Legal Services, Board of Trustees, Past Member

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Construction Law and Litigation – Construction (2008-2017)
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Construction (2008-2015)
    • Hall of Fame since 2011
  • Outstanding Volunteer Attorney Award, Legal Aid of North Carolina (1998)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Top Construction Lawyer in North Carolina, Legal Elite peer selection edition, Business North Carolina magazine (2011)
  • Continuing Legal Education Volunteer of the Year, North Carolina Bar Association (2009-2010)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers (2010)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers (2006-2017)
  • Outstanding Volunteer Attorney, The Volunteer Lawyers Program, Wake County


  • Represented a national contractor in a successful bid dispute resulting in award to client of contract for North Carolina’s first light rail project
  • Represented a national contractor on a sustainable roof-top solar project involving a 200,000 square foot Civic Center project
  • Represented a prime contractor on a bid and all other legal issues related to North Carolina’s first Turnpike Authority highway construction project ($800 million I-540 extension project)
  • Represented a large pharmaceutical company in connection with construction and development of its LEED-certified world headquarters located in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company on design-build engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement for construction of the “next generation” nuclear power plant project estimated at $4 billion
  • Represented a national contractor on bid issues and claims arising from a $140 million state and federal interstate highway project
  • Represented a pre-cast concrete subcontractor in federal court litigation involving a $40 million state prison construction project
  • Represented a developer in state court litigation involving construction defect claims in a 140-unit town home complex
  • Represented a national contractor in a dispute involving airport authority and a national concrete contractor in connection with a $10 million airport aircraft taxiway-bridge project
  • Represented an international pharmaceutical company on design-build and EPCM agreements for numerous construction and LEED-certified sustainable retro-fit projects in the U.S., United Kingdom and Puerto Rico
  • Represented an international contractor in litigation with a government prime contractor arising from performance of the Communications Sector Design/Build Services IDIQ Project in Iraq
  • Served as general counsel for a national general contractor on challenging Public Safety Center project including bid, bond and subcontractor default issues, as well as design and scheduling-related claims and project closeout issues



  • Managing Editor and Co-Author, North Carolina Construction Law Deskbook (2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Editions)
  • Author, “Recent Developments in Construction Law,” manuscript prepared for seminar, “Managing Complex Construction Law Issues in North Carolina,” January 26, 2006
  • Author, “The Contractor’s ‘Sledge Hammer’ The Sale of the Owner’s Property (or Threat Thereof) Under North Carolina’s Lien Law” published in the Change Order, Volume 19, Number 2, April 2005; Republished in North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys publication The Defender, Winter 2006
  • Author, “The Swain Amendment – An Adequate Fix to the Double Liability Problem?” published in Change Order, Volume 14, No. 1, January 2000