Construction Law

The Firm’s Construction Practice Group represents clients in all stages of the construction process and construction litigation.  Our clients include owners/developers, architects, engineers, general contractors, trade subcontractors, material/equipment suppliers, and sureties.  As a full-service law firm, our attorneys possess the resources and the capabilities to serve all of our construction clients' legal needs.  Attorneys in the Construction Practice Group work with attorneys in other Practice Groups to ensure that clients avail themselves of the breadth of experience and capabilities throughout our Firm, including assistance with business, employment, litigation, real estate, bankruptcy, corporate and finance matters. 

Attorneys in the Construction Practice Group are routinely involved in:

  • Negotiating and drafting all types of construction contracts including AIA and in-house forms for commercial, residential, and public projects;
  • Negotiating and drafting site access/hold harmless agreements for owners and general contractors;
  • Reviewing and assessing project insurance policies for contract compliance;
  • Advising on surety bond coverage and assisting clients with preparing or defending surety claims;
  • Assessing indemnitor liability on bonds and negotiating surety workout agreements;
  • Contract administration and claim preservation during construction;
  • Termination procedures and analysis of potential termination exposures;
  • Preparation of and responding to schedule extension applications, extra work claims, and project delay claims; and
  • Assisting in the drafting and filing of mechanic’s liens, and the drafting and filing of necessary documents to obtain the discharge of mechanic’s liens by bond.

Additionally, our attorneys pursue and defend a wide variety of construction claims in state and federal courts and in arbitration on behalf of developers/owners, general contractors, trade subcontractors, material/equipment suppliers and sureties.  Those claims include but are not limited to monetary or non-monetary breach of contract, defective or incomplete work, non-payment, disputed change orders and/or construction change directives, delay, lien foreclosure actions (including Lien Law section 38 demands, Lien Law section 59 demands and Lien Law section 39 claims), and trust fund class action claims under Lien Law Article 3A (including Lien Law section 76 demands).


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