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Construction Law

Architecture, Engineering & Construction

Clark Hill’s Construction practice group has many years of experience with Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) firms, including many Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (EPC) firms, and Engineering News-Record Top 100 Design Firms who choose our Construction practice group for our experience across the full range of project types, professional disciplines, and project delivery methods.

Our understanding of the business and technology of the firms we advise sets us apart from our peers. Our team serves our design professional clientele in business and risk management planning, contract negotiations, government contract claims and disputes, litigation or alternative dispute resolution procedures, professional licensing, and disciplinary matters.

Representative project types include:

  • Transportation facilities, bridges, and ports
  • Aviation
  • Water and wastewater engineering
  • Environmental assessment and remediation
  • Mining and processing operations
  • Commercial, institutional, and public buildings
  • Scientific and health care facilities
  • Clean rooms, solar, and other technology-oriented projects
  • Geotechnical engineering

For conventional design-bid-build, design-build, or integrated project delivery methods, our legal service team is prepared to serve your needs. Our experience with procurement, government contracts, design and construction administration, professional liability insurance, professional practice acts, and the defense of errors and omissions claims assures that our efforts are focused and effective in accomplishing your business objectives. AEC firms return to us time after time because we speak their language. Tools such as building information or digital terrain models, Critical Path Method of Planning and Scheduling Analysis (CPM), and scientific and diagnostic technology enable us to evaluate and demonstrate complicated professional issues in terms that are readily understood by judges, juries, and other stakeholders with whom our clients do business.

We are panel counsel or approved counsel for all major professional liability insurance carriers doing business in the United States.

We do not just react to legal issues that affect our clients, we are engaged at the highest levels in the industries we represent through our involvement in national associations, such as the American Council of Engineering Companies, American Institute of Architects, Associate General Contractors of America, and Design-Build Institute of America, the legislative process, and our active amicus curiae practice. Members of the Construction practice group have been instrumental in the enactment of legislation for certificate of merit, prompt pay, statute of repose, and public-private partnerships. Our intervention as amicus counsel in major appellate cases involving the economic loss doctrine, limitation of liability, and the professional standard of care has set the standards for AEC firms in many parts of the United States.