Max is a commercial litigator who serves business owners, with a focus on the real estate and construction industries. He has experience representing business owners in a variety of disputes arising out of breaches of contract, fraud, breach of warranty, and unfair or deceptive trade practices. He is passionate about protecting his client’s interest in bet-the-company litigation.

Max also has extensive experience representing contractors or project owners facing cash flow issues, including those arising out of mechanics liens.

Max uses his insight from representing clients in litigation to inform his representation of clients outside the courtroom. Max performs a variety of contract drafting assignments for clients regularly, including commercial lease reviews.

In law school, Max was a member of the Agricultural Law Society, a group mentor for first-year law students, and an associate chair of the William & Mary Honor Council. He has previously interned with a technology start-up, where he was in charge of determining the value of the company’s intellectual property assets.

In his spare time, Max and his wife, Gracie, spend time at Wrightsville Beach and walk their dog, River. He teaches a Sunday school class at Trinity United Methodist Church. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute.

His representative matters include:

  • Represented general contractor in payment dispute with owners regarding distressed commercial development.
  • Represented national equipment rental company in numerous payment disputes, often through the pursuit of mechanics liens.
  • Represented vessel manufacturer warranty dispute.
  • Represented international alternative asset manager in dispute regarding restrictive covenants.

Cases or matters referenced do not represent the lawyer’s entire record. Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer’s or a law firm’s past results.

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Maxwell Shafer Joins Cranfill Sumner LLP

Cranfill Sumner LLP today announced that Maxwell Shafer has joined the firm’s Wilmington office as an associate attorney. He focuses his practice in the civil litigation practice group handling admiralty and construction law matters.… Read More