Jonathan Yi


Business Phone: 404.885.3429
Business Fax: 404.885.3900


Jonathan Yi is a senior associate in the Atlanta office of Troutman Sanders LLP. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and University of Chicago Law School. He is admitted to practice in Florida, Georgia, and New York.

Jonathan’s practice primarily involves dispute resolution of construction-related claims. He has tried cases in courts throughout the country and before the various federal government boards of contract appeals. He has extensive experience litigating or arbitrating disputes involving construction inefficiencies, delays, differing site conditions, constructive changes, extra-work, and default claims.

In addition to dispute resolution, Jonathan works with clients in negotiating and preparing construction contracts and assists clients with project administration and performance problems related to bankruptcy, labor shortage, transfer of ownership, and changes in laws and policy.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a boiler manufacturer in arbitration concerning a 700 mw supercritical coal fired electric generation plant with claims in excess of $900 million.
  • Construction counsel to a large utility in connection with a multibillion-dollar nuclear plant project.
  • Represented an international auto parts maker in litigation over construction defects at their state of the art manufacturing facility.
  • Represented an international contractor in its suit against design firms and contractors involved in the construction of a segment of Interstate 95.
  • Represented a general contractor in prosecuting and defending claims arising out of the construction of a HRSG power station in California. Client obtained a multi-million dollar award following a month-long arbitration hearing in New York City.
  • Briefing counsel, Equal Rights Ctr. v. Niles Bolton Assocs., 602 F.3d 597 (4th Cir. 2010) (owner may not pursue indemnity claims against the architect to recover compliance costs under the ADA and the FHA), cert. denied, 131 S.Ct. 504.
  • Represented a solar contractor in arbitration arising from the delayed construction of a solar facility located at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Case settled on favorable terms.
  • Assisted in the representation of a high-rise condo developer who sued to obtain insurance coverage for damages resulting from the failure of a chilled water piping system during construction.
  • Drafted and negotiated a joint venture fast-track construction contract for the development of a 250 acre entertainment complex.
  • Drafted and negotiated agreements regarding the construction, maintenance and operation of the Atlanta Streetcar System.
  • Negotiated and drafted construction agreements (including engineering, procurement and construction contracts) and construction enhancement mechanisms (including sponsor support agreements, performance bonds, guarantees and letters of credit) for a large-scale P3 solar project.

Representative Pro Bono Matters

  • Represented an elderly couple who spent their life savings on a time share contract that they could not enjoy. The contract was rescinded and purchase money returned to the client.
  • Represented elderly homeowners who were facing multiple lien claims for work they did not order. Liens were fully discharged.
  • Represented a military veteran facing sudden eviction from his birth home.
  • Represented a contractor facing divestment of several public contracts due to the unsubstantiated allegations of theft. Obtained a TRO for the client.


  • Co-author, "How To Minimize US Tariff Impact On Construction Projects," Law360, May 11, 2018.
  • Co-author, "President Trump's Steel and Aluminum Tariffs and Their Effect on Fixed-price Construction Contracts," Troutman Sanders Advisory, March 22, 2018.
  • “Government Must Meet Reasonable Expectations of Other Contracting Party to Meet Its Implied Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing,” ABA Construction Law Forum, Division 13, Fall 2017 Newsletter.
  • Co-author, “Overview of Government Procurement Market in US,” IAKL Seminar Submission, September 2015.
  • Co-author, “Rules for Surviving No Damages for Delay,” CFMA Building Profits, May/June 2013.
  • Co-author, "Chapter 24: Change Orders and Other Contract Modifications: Understanding, Documenting, and Demonstrating Extra Work Costs" Financial Management and Accounting for the Construction Industry, 2012.
  • "Federal Contractor Liability After Project Completion," SCH Washington Seminar Papers, 2011.
  • "Emerging Trends in Construction Contracting," Commercial Real Estate Transactions, 2010.
  • "Avoiding Arbitration 3,000 Miles Away," Common Sense Contracting, Vol. 23, No.1, Spr. 2009.
  • "Effect of Disciplinary Determinations on Civil Suits," Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 81. No. 11, Dec. 2007.

Recent Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • “Government Contracting: Accessing European Union, US and Korean markets through government procurements,” at IAKL Conference at Yonsei University Law School, Seoul, South Korea, September 2015.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Design-Build Institute of America, Southeast– Legislative Chair
  • University of Florida Alumni Association
  • ABA Military Pro Bono Project
  • Fellow, ABA Construction Law Forum (2016-2018); Steering Committee, Government Construction Division
  • Service to School – (assisting veterans win admission to the best universities possible and to help them maximize their education benefits)
  • Korean American Bar Association - Georgia (Vice President; Board Member)
  • IAKL International Association of Korean Lawyers (Regional Governor – Southeast)

Rankings and Recognition

  • Named to Georgia Trend magazine’s Legal Elite (2017)
  • 2016-2019, American Bar Association Forum on Construction Diversity Fellow



  • University of Chicago, J.D., 2004
  • University of Florida, B.A., summa cum laude, 2001

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia


  • Korean