Construction, Environmental & Real Estate Litigation

Dickinson Wright brings a wealth of industry experience and knowledge of the unique legal challenges faced by our clients in the areas of construction, real estate and environmental litigation.

Broad Base of Experience in Construction Litigation

Dickinson Wright’s construction litigators are skilled, committed and experienced attorneys. As results-oriented problem solvers, we specialize in creative solutions to tough construction problems - large and small. We have handled complex construction disputes arising from practically all aspects and types of construction projects, including: commercial, residential, manufacturing, educational, health care, retail, hotels, casinos, bridges, tunnels, roads and highways. Our broad client base includes representation in virtually every sector of the industry, including: private and public owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, lenders, developers, construction managers and design professionals. Our team has also advocated disputes before judges, juries and industry arbitration panels.

Dickinson Wright’s experience in construction disputes covers a range of issues, 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. We also defend our construction clients’ interests in audits, investigations, enforcement actions and litigation brought by government authorities. Dickinson Wright’s combined knowledge of the courtroom, the construction site and the complexities of each case allows us to provide our clients with informed and experienced choices for building their projects and resolving their disputes in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.


Real Estate Litigation is Core Area of Expertise

Real estate litigation has long been a fundamental component of Dickinson Wright’s real estate practice in Michigan and throughout the United States. Our experienced litigators work closely with our transaction real estate lawyers in counseling clients and resolving real estate disputes through mediation, arbitration and, when necessary, litigation. We have lawyers who are knowledgeable and experienced in handling every aspect of real estate disputes, including real estate development issues; actions involving purchase agreements and letters of intent; commercial and residential purchase and sale issues; condemnation and eminent domain; environmental, regulatory and inverse takings claims, licensing and permitting issues; commercial landlord and tenant issues and lease disputes; mortgage foreclosure and priority disputes, receiverships, deeds in lieu of foreclosure; zoning, real property tax appeals; title policy disputes; lender liability claims, including appraisal disputes and predatory lending, breach of fiduciary duty issues, consumer protection, and fraud claims; oil, gas, and mineral rights and condominium and Planned Unit Development issues.

Our client base includes companies of all sizes, including regional and national banks and lenders, state and local municipalities, utilities, real estate agencies, developers, non-profit corporations, management companies, and private landholders. Our attorneys’ broad experience in dispute resolution and trial strength provides our clients with world-class expertise in the courtroom to protect and advance our clients’ real estate interests.

Well-Versed in Environmental Litigation

Dickinson Wright’s environmental attorneys are well-versed in both the defense and prosecution of environmental litigation matters, including class actions, multi-party joinder actions, state environmental protection acts, federal and state Superfund cost recovery and contribution litigation, RCRA citizen suits, NEPA, underground storage tanks, wetlands, administrative trials and appeals, and environmental compliance litigation. In the arena of toxic tort litigation, we have successfully defended clients in both classic courtroom settings and through defense at public hearings and city council meetings in actions involving: air emissions, fugitive dust, soil vapor gases, groundwater contaminants, noise and vibrations, asbestos and mold, among other issues.

Our attorneys have experience in criminal environmental actions, and have successfully represented clients against criminal or other statutory penalties in a variety of matters. Our team is also experienced in crisis management, including litigation resulting from major environmental incidents, such as spills or other releases to the environment.

Dickinson Wright’s environmental attorneys have the technical expertise and scientific savvy necessary to understand the potential factors and nuances involved in environmental-related damages claims, such as those for personal injury and property damage, and we know when and how to use our experts to surgically reduce the size and substance of the claims. We have defended clients in administrative, civil and criminal governmental actions from information requests and notices of violation through penalty and supplemental environmental project negotiations to final settlement.

Experts in the Field

Members of our construction, real estate and environmental litigation practices stay abreast of industry developments through membership in organizations such as the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) and College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). Our team’s in-depth knowledge of our client’s industries and issues is also evidenced by publication by our attorneys in numerous industry publications.

We are proud that four Dickinson Wright partners have served as Chairpersons of the State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Section and two partners have acted as Chairpersons of the State Bar of Michigan, Litigation Section. Additionally, numerous members of our team have been named Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers.

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