M. Craig Hall, GC of Granite. Courtesy photo

Granite Construction Inc., a publicly traded construction company based in Watsonville, California, has announced it will bring on a new senior vice president and general counsel, effective Monday.

Craig Hall, an industry veteran, will be responsible for the general management of Granite’s legal team and will work on securities, corporate and board governance matters and compliance. He will report to the company’s president and CEO, James Roberts.

“Craig’s background in the construction industry coupled with his extensive legal, compliance and ethics expertise make him a valuable addition to our Granite team,” Roberts said in the announcement of Hall’s hire.

The new GC could not be immediately reached for comment.

Hall will be replacing Richard Watts, who was promoted to the role of senior vice president and group manager for Granite’s water and mineral services group. Watts started working for Granite in 2003, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Before coming to Granite, Hall was working as the deputy general counsel at the construction company Oldcastle Inc. He also worked in-house at two other construction companies beforehand—APAC Inc. and Ashland Inc.—and as an associate at Smith, Currie & Hancock, where he worked on labor and employment law.  He spent three years managing his own firm, the Law Offices of M. Craig Hall, as well.

Granite Construction is a “full-suite provider in the transportation, water infrastructure and mineral exploration markets” that’s been in business for over a century. The company has been named one of the world’s most ethical companies by the Ethisphere Institute for nine consecutive years.