- Certified General Contractor – CGC1520831
- LEED Accredited Professional
- Law Review Staff Editor
- Public Interest Research Bureau, Spot Editor
- Super Lawyer Rising Star 2019
Austin B. Calhoun is a Partner of Jimerson Birr and joined the firm in October 2011. Since then he has served various corporations, entrepreneurs, financial institutions, and small-, mid-, and large-size businesses in business litigation, corporate governance, and transactional matters. His specialties range from construction disputes and business torts to construction liens, contracts, negotiation, project guidance, purchase and sale transactions, mergers and acquisitions, loan originations, workouts, and foreclosures, creditor bankruptcy representation, and trademarks.
Prior to law school, Mr. Calhoun obtained his certified general contractor’s license and became a LEED Accredited Professional while working in the local construction industry. Mr. Calhoun supported himself through college and earned his Bachelors of Science in Building Construction Management from the University of North Florida, graduating magna cum laude. During the eight years before his entrance into law, Mr. Calhoun worked for one of Jacksonville’s largest commercial construction companies as a project manager and completed numerous building projects in Northeast Florida, including a nine story mixed-use condominium building, a five story office building along the St Johns river, a three story office building, a two story office building, a renovation of a building on the National Historic Registry owned by a local museum, an interior renovation for a local children’s hospital, a high school expansion, and various big box retail projects. Mr. Calhoun was known as a detail-oriented, award-winning construction professional with a combined expertise in client relations, building construction management, and finance who owned full P&L responsibility for multi-million dollar projects. While in construction he specialized in servicing demanding, hands-on accounts, as well as complex water intrusion challenges.
Mr. Calhoun employs his background in the practice of law. His experience and knowledge of the construction industry, and business in general, strengthen his legal focus areas He is well-versed in crisis management and proactive problem resolution. He is an articulate communicator with strong relationship management and follow-up skills; able to interact effectively with individuals of varying backgrounds from subcontractors to Boards of Directors and business executives.
Mr. Calhoun was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2014 after earning his Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law, graduating magna cum laude and in the top two percent of his class. While in law school, he earned book awards for the highest grade in nine classes, including Property I, Property II, Torts I, Torts II, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, Lawyering Process II, Practical Professionalism, and Trusts and Estates. He was the recipient of the Governor’s Scholarship and Dean’s Honors Scholarship. Mr. Calhoun was also a Staff Editor of the Florida Coastal Law Review, a member of Phi Delta Phi honors society, and a student member of the Jacksonville Bar Association.
Mr. Calhoun has lived throughout Florida, and presently resides in St Johns County with his wife, Kristen, their children Audrey and Lauren, their dogs Ruby, Maverick, and Pennylane (all Boxers), and many friends and family. In his spare time, Mr. Calhoun enjoys watching Gator football and basketball, traveling (with vast experience at Disney World), maximizing his time at the beach, golfing terribly, winning at cards, winning at anything, guiding his children through life, and trying to master marriage.