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Dickinson Wright is a valued partner to many local, regional, and national commercial developers and contractors across a broad range of industries including, automotive, health care, education, gaming and hospitality, and cannabis, as well as to nonprofits, minority businesses, and emerging businesses. From pre-project funding, procurement, infrastructure development, and entitlements through claim analysis, defense, and prosecution, our construction attorneys assist clients throughout the entire construction process, ensuring proper risk allocation, business-oriented problem solving, and timely project completion.


Our Team


Our commercial construction lawyers bring substantial real-world experience to the table ensuring that our clients’ best interests are protected.  We have experience in government procurement, public-private partnerships, environmental impact analysis, and public procurement compliance for private projects. Additionally, many of our lawyers routinely represent clients in court, in arbitration, and before regulatory and municipal bodies.


Our  Core Services


Whether the goal is a swift resolution via a change order or a detailed critical path analysis to support or defend against a comprehensive claim, our lawyers are skilled in advising clients and resolving all varieties of disputes. Our work includes:


  • Claim analysis, defense, & prosecution

  • Closeout disputes

  • Multi-family housing

  • Condominiums & hotels

  • Disruption, delay, & acceleration claims

  • Pre-project funding

  • Financing agreements

  • Subcontractor termination & abandonment


Representative Matters

–Represented international general contractor asserting claims in excess of $30 million against multiple subcontractors arising out of construction defects and delays on a large multi-family residential project.

–Represented major power company on construction and lien issues related to closeout of construction issues for power generating facilities in multiple states.

–Represented electrical contractor in litigation concerning application of a statutory exemption from the Electrical Administrative Act. Our client prevailed at trial, and the verdict was affirmed on appeal.

–Represented national general contractor regarding construction issues and disputes throughout the Southeast.

–Represented a large electrical general contractor in the financing and development of a 300,000 square foot licensed marijuana harvesting operation.

–Represented  refractory subcontractor in litigation alleging non-payment of approximately $8 million for its work on a circulating fluidized bed, lignite coal power plant. A week-long jury trial resulted in a verdict in favor of our client on all counts.

–Represented contractor in the successful defense of claims that it improperly installed PVC pipe in a high-pressure fire suppression system in a warehouse.

Automotive Industry

–Represented automobile manufacturer in defense of a multi-million dollar cumulative impact claim asserted by the general contractor for the renovation of its facility.

–Represented automobile manufacturer in connection with a contract dispute involving extra claims arising out of the construction of a painting facility.

Health Care Industry

–Represented owner of a hospital facility in litigation asserting claims of $12 million arising out of construction defects in the building envelope. The claim was settled favorably for the client.

–Represented owner of a hospital facility in litigation involving claims of moisture intrusion through the building envelope. A week-long jury trial resulted in a verdict in favor of our client and an award of all the client’s attorneys’ fees incurred in the litigation.

–Represented healthcare facility developer in litigation regarding claims of improper and defective foundation work resulting in significant settling of the building. We coordinated the defense and negotiations of numerous defendants, resolving all claims of the parties in a global settlement.

–Represented one of the nation’s largest owners of hospital facilities and medical office buildings on all construction-related issues nationwide.

–Represented owner of approximately 30 hospitals on all construction-related issues nationwide.

Infrastructure Projects

–Represented  large municipality in a claim against an international manufacturer and system designer of a membrane module filtration system used to treat potable water. The claim was settled on very favorable terms for the client.

–Represented a municipality pursuing claims against parties responsible for designing and constructing a water-treatment facility for the remediation of TCE contamination.

–Represented the nation’s largest manufacturer and installer of transformers and other specialty electrical equipment in contract disputes in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arizona.

Multi-Family Housing, Condominiums & Hotels

–Represented general contractor in the prosecution of claims against the project architect/engineer arising from the design of a 150-room hotel, conference center, and parking garage.

–Represented hotel in a dispute with a contractor and its surety relating to over 9 months of delays in the completion of a new 122-room addition, including the pursuit of bad faith and liquidated damages claims against the surety.

–Represented national general contractor in connection with disputes with multiple subcontractors involving change order, and lien claims on a large condominium and resort project.

–Represented national general contractor in connection with a dispute with a subcontractor involving disruption, delay, and back-charge claims on a condominium tower project.

Renovation & Remediation Projects

–Represented redeveloper of commercial property defending remediation contractor’s claims and asserting counterclaims relating to removal of asbestos from existing buildings prior to demolition.

–Represented regional general contractor regarding disputes with project owner and subcontractors arising from the renovation and addition to a historic railroad baggage building connected to a centuries-old, iconic hotel.

–Represented general contractor for claims involving the reconstruction of a 60-foot retaining wall adjacent to a large parking structure that included allegations of improper construction practices, delays, and increased design costs.

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