Construction Contract Drafting and Negotiation

Dickinson Wright attorneys handle all aspects of commercial, residential, and public construction contract negotiation, drafting, and negotiation. We represent developers, general contractors, design professionals, municipalities, investors, and subcontractors, as well as material suppliers. We have extensive experience with standard contract documents, as well as the drafting of master trade agreements, joint venture agreements, teaming agreements, subcontractor and material supplier agreements, insurance provisions, lien and other releases, change orders, certifications, and proposals. Our work also includes the preparation of documents necessary to support the successful financing, negotiation, and closeout of all types and sizes of construction projects.

Our broad ranging involvement with, and understanding of, construction trades and business — from project management, scheduling, payment processing, real estate and title insurance, lending, procurement, and licensing, to the claims that arise from, during and after construction — allows us to not just negotiate and prepare construction documentation in isolation, but to provide practical and effective documentation to assist our clients in the successful design and construction of projects from start to finish. We believe in anticipating and addressing critical issues before they become problems. Our focus is not just on the legal issues involved, but also on the practical day-to-day operations of our clients’ business. We seek to adapt legal documentation to serve the specific needs of, and enhance the sound business practices, of our clients and to provide contractual systems for addressing issues in an effective and efficient way. We have spent time in arbitrations and courtrooms, but also on projects, reading plans, working with schedules, and in job trailers – that practical knowledge and experience shows in the legal services we provide.

We also understand and advise our clients on the proper use of different project delivery systems, such as design-bid-build, construction manager at risk, design-build, job order contracting, as well as public private partnerships, and the legal and practical issues to be addressed in relation to each.