Claramargaret H. Groover
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
- Supreme Court of the United States
- University of Florida, J.D.
- Stetson University, B.A.
Claramargaret H. Groover has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court to mediate disputes since 1995. She added appellate mediation through the Fifth District Court of Appeal pilot program and was certified in appellate mediation in 2011. She was first qualified to arbitrate Florida cases by the Florida Supreme Court in 2000.
As a lawyer, Claire is of counsel to a large Florida law firm where she specializes in construction law. She is a Florida Super Lawyer since 2009, and is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell. She has extensive experience in litigation and claims avoidance services for public and private construction owners and their contractors. In over 30 years of practice she has represented every aspect of the construction industry at different times including owners, architects, engineers, surveyors, construction manager agents, constructors, suppliers, and their insurers and surety companies. Her experience spans from early stage land development, design consultant contracting, bidding, contract execution through close-out and claims resolution representation in mediation, arbitration and litigation. She also counsels clients regarding contractor licensing issues and has provided representation in administrative actions before licensing boards.
One-third of her career has been devoted to serving as full-time in-house counsel, first as Director of Legal Affairs for a world class theme park developer in its $2.5B Central Florida park expansion and later as senior legal counsel to the world’s leading general aviation service provider in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. She continued focusing her time on real estate leasing at over 30 domestic airports and assisted with construction contracting and claims resolution for various projects including general aviation terminals and airport fuel facilities projects. Claire was also involved in analyzing and addressing other operational, corporate, and risk management concerns.
Claire served as an independent director on the Board of National Semi-Trailer Corporation, a 35 year old Orlando-based corporation, which was a market leader in overland trailer leasing and sales before its acquisition by Premier Trailer Leasing.
Her early years through college and graduation were spent working in the family construction services, building supply, and development business enterprises, giving her a unique, firsthand understanding of demands of entrepreneurs in the construction industry.
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