Val S. McWhorter, a founding partner of the law firm Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC was recently elected as a member of the prestigious American College of Construction Lawyers ("ACCL"), effective in 2005. Over the last 30 years, Mr. McWhorter has focused his practice in the area of construction law, representing contractors in large, complex claims arising under federal, state, and local government contracts, as well as contracts between private parties. Mr. McWhorter joins his colleague Richard F. Smith, also a founding partner of the firm, in ACCL's membership ranks.
Founded in 1990, the ACCL is a national organization comprised of outstanding lawyers who have demonstrated skill, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice or in the teaching of construction law, and who are dedicated to excellence in the specialized practice of construction law. Membership in the college is by invitation only upon nomination and election.
The college provides advanced professional workshops and educational programs to its Fellows and identifies and contributes to the solution of major construction industry legal problems. It is a collegial forum for the exchange and development of ideas by experts in construction law.