Overview

As an attorney in our Construction group, Brett’s practice focuses on a wide range of construction matters, representing general contractors, subcontractors, owners, and suppliers. His construction experience includes, but is not limited to, contractual disputes, defects, delays, lien and bond claims, and matters of recent updates to tax law on construction projects. He also represents clients in a wide array of business litigation, and has previously defended clients in Federal, State and multi-district court litigation.

Brett also represents clients in a range of business litigation matters. He has experience in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation as well as products liability litigation. Brett also has experience advising and helping clients enforce their warehouseman’s lien rights, executing on judgement in the supplemental process of the courts, and defending clients on a wide variety of negligence and other tort actions.

Brett practiced in New Jersey after graduating, cum laude  and 10th in his class from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2014. He is a 2011 graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, summa cum laude.

Community & Professional

Guilford County Bar Association

F3 - Greensboro

Clemson Triad Alumni Board, Secretary

Outside Maynard Nexsen

Outside of work, Brett enjoys spending time with his wife, Anna, their three young children, and their two dogs, Dixie and Remington. He enjoys being outdoors running and biking or playing golf and lacrosse. He played lacrosse for one year at Gordon College (Division III) before transferring to Clemson University where he played club lacrosse. Brett currently enjoys training for marathons, triathlons, and any race he can get on a calendar. Brett is active with F3 Greensboro where he is more commonly known as J-Woww. 

Recognitions

  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2023, Construction Litigation
  • Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite, Young Guns", 2022
  • Listed in Best Lawyers, "Ones to Watch" for Construction Law in 2022, and in litigation-Construction, 2023
  • Recognized by Chambers USA, Construction, North Carolina 2021, 2022
  • Order of the Coif
  • Wake Forest Law Review
  • Champion - 2014 Wake Forest Trial Bar Zeliff Trial Competition
  • Spring 2013 North Carolina Advocates for Justice Award Recipient
  • CALI Awards: Torts, Remedies, Trial Practice, Construction Law, Funeral and Cemetery Law
  • Fall 2011 Trial Bar Competition - Honorable Mention

Media

  • New North Carolina Sales Tax Provisions for Contracts Related to Real Property, February 21, 2017
  • Brett Becker, "Danger Doesn’t End at the Grave," in CEMETERY LAW: THE COMMON LAW OF BURYING GROUNDS IN THE UNITED STATES 302 (2015).
  • Brett M. Becker & John R. Sechrist II, Empirical Study, "Claims of Unconscionability: An Empirical Study of the Prevailing Analysis in North Carolina", 49 WAKE FOREST L. REV. 663, (Summer 2014)

Videos/Podcasts

  • Lien Waiver Reviews are Needed in Light of North Carolina’s new Senate Bill 291

    With the recent passing of Senate Bill 219, significantly limiting the enforceability of certain lien waivers, now is the time for owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers to review their lien waivers. Brett Becker provides an overview of the new protections and what to look for.

  • Ensuring Payment for Construction Projects

    As many businesses are planning to come out of the pandemic and get back to business, those in the construction arena know one thing – construction never stopped and won’t stop. However, sometimes the business needs to stop, and reflect on best practices. Construction attorney Brett Becker discusses what suppliers need to do to ensure they are ready to secure payment even when the customer stops paying.

Admissions

  • State Bar: New Jersey, North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court: New Jersey, North Carolina (Eastern, Middle, Western)
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