Clark Hill has one of the largest construction law practices in the nation and is routinely involved in every facet of the construction process, from real estate acquisition and project financing, through negotiating and drafting contract documents and project administration, to claim preparation, risk management, and dispute resolution. Our diverse clientele includes:
- Public and private owners
- National and International Insurance Carriers
- General contractors
- Design professionals
- Specialty contractors
The construction group is comprised of attorneys who are qualified architects, engineers and contractors have and practiced in the construction industry. This hands-on experience provides our attorneys a unique perspective on litigating and resolving construction disputes and professional liability matters involving a variety of commercial, industrial, heavy, and highway projects.
Members of the construction group are frequently contacted to lecture and/or write on various construction law topics and are actively involved in several industry and specialty organizations, including Associated General Contractors of America, the American Bar Association - Construction Forum, The American Council of Engineering Companies, and the American Institute of Architects.
One of the many advantages of retaining Clark Hill is its comprehensive practice. Because Clark Hill is a full-service law firm, its construction attorneys are able to draw on a variety of resources provided by other members of the firm with experience in practice areas complementary to construction, such as real estate, corporate, finance, tax, bankruptcy, environmental law, insurance and litigation. As a result, Clark Hill’s clients receive cost-effective, practical and thorough legal representation.
Clark Hill attorneys have an incredible amount of experience ranging from large projects to smaller, highly specialized ones. These include power plants (nuclear and fossil), water treatment and distribution facilities, manufacturing, processing, and assembly plants, petrochemical facilities, commercial and industrial buildings, public facilities including schools, hospitals and government buildings, hotels, sports facilities, warehouses, prisons, commercial and residential developments, retail centers, marinas, elevated light rail systems, airports, bridges, and parking structures.
Clark Hill frequently represents clients in negotiating and drafting construction contracts, including providing analysis and advice on relevant issues such as indemnity provisions and insurance requirements and negotiating and drafting language relating to progress and final payments, project closeout and warranty provisions. During contract negotiations, our lawyers understand the need to negotiate a reasonable contract while maintaining a good working relationship with the other contracting parties.
Pre-Suit Dispute Resolution
We understand that construction clients need an efficient plan to resolve disputes that does not disrupt ongoing construction projects or escalate already tense situations. Consequently, our construction attorneys are experienced in the quick and cost-effective investigation of disputes and use that knowledge to negotiate a prompt and equitable resolution.
Litigation & Arbitration
When litigation is inevitable or advisable, our attorneys are well qualified and well-staffed to handle the matter through discovery, trial, and appeal, if necessary. We commonly handle litigation matters involving claims for defects in construction, design, and related products, claims for delay, claims for payment, mechanic’s lien disputes, payment and performance bond claims, warranty claims and completion claims. Our lawyers are also experienced in handling matters involving consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices and express and implied warranty claims, which are typically asserted in today’s consumer-oriented environment.