Tim Wyatt handles litigation and appeals involving construction disputes and geotechnical failures, with a particular emphasis on representing government contractors and subcontractors on public projects. He also performs federally funded research involving legal issues affecting contractors on public construction projects, such as environmental review and domestic preference requirements. He has represented government contractors seeking to protect their intellectual property used or developed on public projects. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Wyatt spent more than ten years practicing as a professional engineer and government contractor in Raleigh, managing large federal research projects and performing geotechnical research involving tunnels and highways. He is a native of Rockingham County, North Carolina.

Court Admissions

  • State of North Carolina, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, 2010


  • B.S., Civil Engineering, summa cum laude, North Carolina State University, 1992
  • Ph.D., Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2000
  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 2010
    • Articles Editor – Wake Forest Law Review
    • Appellate Advocacy Clinic


  • Conner Gwyn Schenck PLLC, 2010-Present
  • Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA), Principal Engineer, 2000-2007; Staff Engineer, 1993-1996
  • Sandia National Laboratories, Engineering Intern, 1991-1992

Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, 2010-Present
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association Construction Law Section, 2010-Present
  • Member, Greensboro Bar Association, 2010-Present
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1990-Present


  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Construction Litigation, 2017
  • Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, Construction Law, 2016
  • Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) graduate research award for public-sector aviation issues, 2009-2010
  • First place, Court of Federal Claims Bar Association writing competition, 2009-2010
  • First place, Brooks Pierce Empirical Studies Award for outstanding student publication submitted to the Wake Forest Law Review, 2009

Certifications & Credentials

  • Member, American Arbitration Association (AAA) Panel of Construction Arbitrators, 2017-Present
  • North Carolina Professional Engineer License, 2002-Present


  • Co-author, NORTH CAROLINA CONSTRUCTION LAW TREATISE, Thomson Reuters, 2023-2024 ed. (View PDF) (Purchase)
  • Author, “Primer on Patentability and Use of Ideas Developed by Contractors Performing Work for State and Federal Transportation and Local Planning Agencies,” National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Legal Research Digest, No. 73, 2017 (View PDF) 
  • Author, “Updated Guide to Buy America Requirements,” Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Legal Research Digest, No. 49, 2017 (View PDF)
  • Author, “Takings and Mitigation,” NCHRP Legal Research Digest, No. 70, 2016 (View PDF)
  • Author, “Buy America Requirements for Federally Funded Rail Projects,” National Cooperative Rail Research Program (NCRRP) Legal Research Digest, No. 1, 2015 (View PDF)
  • Author, “The Role of the Airport Sponsor in Airport Planning and Environmental Reviews of Proposed Development Projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and State Mini-NEPA Laws,” Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Legal Research Digest, No. 22, 2014 (View PDF)
  • Author, “Buy America Requirements for Federally Funded Airports,” ACRP Legal Research Digest, No. 18, 2013 (View PDF)
  • Author, “Balancing Airport Capacity Requirements with Environmental Concerns: Legal Challenges to Airport Expansion,” Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Vol. 76, No. 4, 2011 (View PDF)
  • Author, “In Search of ‘Reasonable Compensation’: Patent Infringement by Defense Contractors with the Authorization and Consent of the U.S. Government,” Federal Circuit Bar Journal, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2009 (View PDF)
  • Author, “The Doctrine of Defective Incorporation and its Tenuous Coexistence with the Model Business Corporation Act,” Wake Forest Law Review, Vol. 44, No. 3, 2009 (View PDF)
  • Author, “Incorporation of Engineering Model Uncertainties in Probabilistic Analysis of Explosive Effects on Tunnel Facilities,” GeoCongress 2006: Geotechnical Engineering in the Information Age, American Society of Civil Engineers, February 2006 
  • Author, “Incorporation of Terrain Elevation Uncertainties in Vulnerability Assessment of Tunnel Facilities,”GeoCongress 2006: Geotechnical Engineering in the Information Age, American Society of Civil Engineers, February 2006 
  • Co-author, “Effectiveness Analysis of Subsurface Drainage Features Based on Design Adequacy,” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1709, 2000 
  • Co-author, “Knowledge-Based Failure Diagnosis of Earth Retaining Structures,” Proceedings of the First International Conference on New Technologies for Decision Making in Civil Engineering, October 1998

Community Activities & Public Service

  • Vice-Chairman, Rockingham County (NC) Airport Authority, 2016-Present; Member 2013-Present
  • Vice-Chairman, Rockingham County (NC) Planning Board, 2016-Present; Member 2013-Present