Construction

EXPERIENCE

Dickinson Wright has been a legal partner to the construction industry for decades. Our deep bench of construction lawyers are experienced, results oriented, problem solvers. We know the construction industry, and understand the many diverse legal and business issues that our clients face. Many of our construction lawyers have engineering degrees and real world construction experience, having worked in the construction industry prior to the practice of law.

We are known for our aggressive strategy, tactics, and advocacy that produces winning results in the courtroom and before arbitration panels and state administrative agencies. Our clients include those across the United States and Canada, including private and public owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, lenders, construction managers, and design professionals. Our team prides itself on providing excellent service in connection with a wide range of projects and disputes.

VALUE

We work closely with our clients during all phases of the construction process to assist in accomplishing their goals and objectives. We use our combined knowledge of the courtroom, the construction site, and the complexities of each case to provide our clients with informed choices for building projects and resolving disputes in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. Our clients often want a rational business solution at the earliest possible stage of a dispute. Our team is adept at developing strategies and opportunities for early resolution whether through direct negotiation or mediation. We are also ready, willing, and able to litigate if necessary to properly resolve disputes. Our commitment to deliver quality and value is one of the reasons that Dickinson Wright is a preferred provider of construction legal services.

RECOGNIZED LEADERS IN THE FIELD


Dickinson Wright’s recognized experience and knowledge in the construction industry goes beyond the courtroom. The book we wrote, A Practitioner's Guide to Construction Law (ALI-ABA), is used daily as a reference for handling and resolving construction issues. We are active members of industry trade groups and key construction associations throughout the United States. Many of our construction lawyers have been honored individually in their respective regions by publications like Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. In addition, many of our lawyers serve as arbitrators and mediators in complex construction disputes, providing us with unique insights into the perspective of decision makers. Our team knows the construction process and uses that knowledge and experience to the benefit of our clients.

SUPPORT

As a full-service law firm, our construction lawyers work collaboratively with the firm’s other specialized practices to support our construction clients in related areas, such as real estate, zoning/land use, corporate, finance, bankruptcy, governmental agency relations, and environmental law. Dickinson Wright has a large labor and employment law practice that regularly advises our construction clients concerning unions, minority business enterprises, discrimination claims, and ERISA issues.

Some of the construction group’s areas of expertise include:

PROJECTS

• Commercial
• Residential
• Manufacturing
• Education
• Health care
• Retail
• Hotels and Casinos
• Bridges
• Tunnels
• Highways

DISPUTES

• Defective design (architectural and engineering)
• Professional liability
• Defective workmanship
• Delay, disruption, and prolongation claims
• Contractor and subcontractor disputes
• Lien and foreclosure claims
• Terminations
• Bond, guarantee and insurance claims

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