Natalya Sheddan is an experienced construction litigator dedicated to advancing the interests of her clients and the construction industry as a whole. A tenacious advocate and strategic problem solver, Natalya helps owners, design professionals, contractors, and developers skillfully navigate conflict, manage disputes, and mitigate risk in complex commercial construction disputes and litigation matters. From construction and design defect claims, to breach of contract disputes, to project closeout issues, Natalya turns challenging problems into elegant dispute resolution and litigation strategies tailored to her clients’ individual business needs.
In 2016, Natalya was appointed by Austin Mayor Steve Adler to be a commissioner on the City’s Building and Standards Commission where she shapes policy, improves building standards, and presides over building code violation hearings in the City of Austin. Natalya also serves as an officer on the board of the Austin Bar Association’s Construction Law Section.
Prior to joining Allensworth & Porter, Natalya practiced construction law in Austin with a focus on commercial construction law, general construction litigation, and insurance defense. She has handled numerous litigation cases involving multi-family, mixed-use, commercial properties, and retirement communities.
Licenses and Certifications
- Supreme Court of Texas (2013)
- Admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Western, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas (2014)
- Board Certified® in Construction Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2020)
Industry Involvement and Memberships
- City of Austin, Building and Standards Commission | Commissioner (2016-Present)
- State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section | Member (2013-Present)
- Austin Bar Association, Construction Law Section | Board Member (Present); Member (2013-Present)
- Austin Bar Association, Austin Young Lawyers Association | Member (2013-Present)
- Travis County Women Lawyers Association | Member (Present)
- J.D., St. Mary’s School of Law (2013)
- B.A., English, University of Texas at Austin (2005)
- Served as one of the lead attorneys in defending a general contractor against a $243 million claim involving construction defects, breach of contract, and fraud allegations. Representation included management and coordination of over a dozen experts and crew on site for two weeks. The matter resulted in an amicable settlement resolution.
- Prevailed on behalf of a general contractor in obtaining all damages, costs, and attorney’s fees against a subcontractor in a construction site accident matter.
- Prevailed at trial in defending a recycling contractor sued by a property owner for property damage.
- Represented a subcontractor and obtained a complete summary judgment dismissing all claims against the subcontractor in a matter involving construction defects in a school district building in South Texas.