Construction Contract Drafting and Negotiation

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At Dickinson Wright, we believe in anticipating and addressing critical issues before they become problems. Our construction attorneys handle all aspects of commercial, residential, and public construction contract drafting and negotiation. Focusing not only 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 and enhance the sound business practices of our clients and to provide contractual systems for addressing issues effectively and efficiently.


We spend a significant amount of time in arbitrations and courtrooms, but we also show up for our clients on-site and in job trailers, assisting them with projects, reviewing plans and schedules, and helping prevent potential problems and disputes – that practical knowledge and experience inform and enhance the legal services we provide.


Our Clients


  • Developers

  • Governments

  • General contractors

  • Investors

  • Design professionals

  • Subcontractors

  •  Municipalities
  • Material suppliers

Our Core Services

From project management, scheduling, payment processing, real estate and title insurance, lending, procurement, and licensing, to the claims that arise during and after construction, our construction attorneys’ decades of experience with construction trades and business enable us to provide practical and effective documentation to assist our clients in the successful design and construction of projects from start to finish. Our work includes:


  • Standard contract documents

  • Master trade agreements

  • Joint venture agreements

  • Teaming agreements

  • Subcontractor and material supplier agreements

  • Insurance provisions, liens, and other releases

  • Change orders, certifications, and proposals


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.

Representative Experience

–Negotiated and prepared construction contracts to build multi-million dollar expansion of large rehabilitation hospital. The project involved multiple parties and complex land issues that were successfully resolved to allow for construction of the building.

–Negotiated and prepared contracts on behalf of condominium association for repair and reconstruction of various portions of common areas.

–Negotiated and drafted design and construction agreements for new facilities throughout the country for the nation’s largest owner of senior living communities.

–Prepared contracts on behalf of design-builder for the design and construction of buildings in a nonprofit housing project.

–Negotiated and drafted construction documents for major hospital to expand and improve facilities.

–Represented various healthcare entities, including two of the nation’s largest, in connection with the drafting and negotiation of design, construction, and consulting agreements for use throughout the country for various hospital, outpatient, and medical office facilities.

–Prepared construction contracts for the developer of a project involving the construction of private garages and a performance race track.

–Negotiated and drafted construction contracts on behalf of university hospital for a multi-million dollar renovation of its facility. The agreements included a construction manager agreement and multi-prime agreements with the university.

–Represented electrical construction company/software design entity in the negotiation of a Teaming Agreement/bid contract for the supply of software for traffic controls for two Canadian municipalities.

–Represented municipality in negotiating design and construction contracts for the construction of a $100 million spring training stadium in partnership with the baseball team.

–Represented major retail center developer in all of its construction and design contracts throughout the Western United States.

–Prepared procurement and contract documents allowing reimbursement for public infrastructure improvements in relation to multiple retail and automotive centers.

–Negotiated and prepared design and construction contracts for multiple condominium projects, resorts, hotels, and motels.

–Represented multiple developers and contractors in structuring their contracts and joint venture agreements to comply with applicable laws.

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