Dickinson Wright has been a legal partner to the construction industry for decades, giving us the strength, depth and experience to handle all forms of construction transactions and disputes. We have represented clients across the industry in the United States and Canada, including private and public owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, lenders, developers, construction managers and design professionals. Our team prides itself on providing excellent service along with efficient, cost-effective representation.

Our extensive industry experience spans project planning; contracting and litigating disputes. In negotiating and documenting construction contracts, our attorneys have worked with many of the major professional and industry forms, including those of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Engineers' Joint Contracts Documents Committee (EJCDC), and the Consensus DOCS. We strive to address potential problems in the drafting stage to avoid disputes that potentially could later mire a project in litigation. When disputes do arise, however, we draw on our knowledge of the courtroom, the construction site and the complexities of each case to provide our clients with informed choices for building their projects and efficiently and cost-effectively handling disputes.

Dickinson Wright’s recognized expertise in the construction industry goes beyond the courtroom. The book we wrote, 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 in Michigan and the United States. In addition, a number of our lawyers serve as arbitrators and mediators in complex construction disputes, providing us with unique insights into the perspective of decision makers.

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 and environmental law.

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

  • Counseling clients on the appropriateness of a specific delivery method during project planning. 
  • Developing a wide range of construction agreements, such as prime contracts, design-build contracts, construction management agreements, subcontracts, and design professional agreements with the goal of meeting our clients’ business objectives within their risk tolerance and avoiding potential disputes. 
  • Litigating complex construction disputes arising from practically all aspects and types of construction projects including defective design (architectural and engineering), professional liability, defective workmanship, delay, disruption, and prolongation claims, contractor and subcontractor disputes, lien and foreclosure claims, terminations, and bond, guarantee and insurance claims.