CONSTRUCTION

Construction projects touch on many areas of law. When you embark on a construction project, you need to make sure you’ve got all the bases covered. That’s why working with our attorneys is such a good decision.

Building the Future. . . Your Way

Our attorneys have broad experience in many areas of construction law. We represent local, regional and national companies in many segments of the building design and construction industry, including:

  • Residential, commercial and industrial developers.
  • Building construction general contractors.
  • Special trade contractors and subcontractors.
  • Design professionals, such as architects and engineers.

Importantly, our seamless, interdisciplinary approach can provide you with the experience and know-how of attorneys from every relevant practice area throughout the firm, from construction to real estate, from environmental law to project finance, from government relations to litigation, and beyond.

We Know the Language and the Process

The construction industry has its own language, processes and standards, including strict legal guidelines varying from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, which makes it critical that you work with attorneys who fully understand the design, construction, and legal process. We are technically versed in understanding construction drawings and specifications, construction terminology and the critical path method of construction scheduling. This combination of legal and technical experience lets us help you identify and manage roadblocks and problems before they occur. By tapping into our prior experience on the construction site and in the courtroom, we provide practical and legal solutions.

When it Comes to Construction, We’ve Got You Covered.

Transactional

Our attorneys are prepared to help the project get started and keep it moving forward. We can assist you with negotiating, drafting and reviewing construction contracts, bidding documents and other agreements related to project design, specification, construction and financing.

Additionally, we can help you navigate through each jurisdiction’s set of strict statutory requirements necessary to protect owners/developers, general contractors, subcontractors and materialmen prior to starting a project and preserving rights at the end of the project or when a breach occurs.

Also among our areas of focus is developing “green” projects, and we have assisted clients with construction projects such as LEED Platinum certified office towers

Working With Our Renowned Real Estate Team

Our construction attorneys collaborate when necessary with our nationally recognized real estate team. We are a leading firm for real estate project finance and count among our clients most of the largest financial institutions in the country, as well as federal and state-chartered banks, thrift institutions, unregulated lenders, municipal authorities and borrowers in syndicated and bilateral transactions. Of Bankrate Inc.’s 2015 Top Ten U.S. banks, we represent all 10. Of the Federal Reserve’s Top 25 Commercial banks as of June 2015, we represent 20.

Regulatory

Helping you comply with all relevant regulations related to your project is a given. We’ll keep you on the right side of applicable local, state or federal regulations and assist with licensing, permitting, easements, public and private bidding, procurement, code compliance, public-private partnerships and other pre-construction matters. Further, we can help you navigate the increasingly complex environmental regulations associated with construction projects, including conducting due diligence and providing advice related to zoning and land use restrictions. We can also represent you in projects involving brownfield sites that require extensive remediation.

Litigation

Of course, we firmly believe in heading off costly conflicts and can counsel you on dispute avoidance, claim preservation and alternative dispute resolution. If necessary, however, we will protect your interests through litigation. And we don’t just talk about winning cases in court; we have the track record to prove it, having defended clients against such claims as:

  • Construction defects.
  • Construction delays and interference.
  • Design errors and omissions.
  • Mechanics’ lien actions.
  • Negligent products and services.
  • Warranty claims.
  • Design malpractice.
  • Misrepresentation of project scope.
  • Actions brought by disappointed bidders.
  • Lender liability.
  • Bond default.
  • Nonperformance/abandonment/recommencement.