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At Dickinson Wright, we believe that effective legal advocacy requires not only a comprehensive knowledge of the law but also a thorough understanding of our clients’ industries. For decades, our firm has served the construction industry, gaining a deep understanding of the many legal and business challenges facing our clients. Our deep bench of construction attorneys is sophisticated, diverse, and accessible, known for achieving winning results in the courtroom and before arbitration panels and state administrative agencies. We work closely with our clients during all phases of the construction process to assist in accomplishing their goals and objectives.

As a full-service law firm, our construction lawyers collaborate with the firm’s other practices to support our construction clients in related areas such as real estate, land use and development, corporate, finance, bankruptcy, government affairs, and environmental law. Additionally, 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.

Our Clients

Our team represents clients 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

Dickinson Wright’s recognized experience and knowledge in the construction industry goes beyond the courtroom. Many of our construction lawyers have engineering degrees and real-world construction experience, having worked in the construction industry prior to practicing law. 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. Our construction attorneys are active members of industry trade groups and key construction associations throughout the United States. Many of them have been honored individually in their respective regions by publications like Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers®. Additionally, 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 Services

Our experience spans every phase of construction, including drafting and negotiating, lending, liens, and public procurement projects. 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 efficiently and cost-effectively.

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 delivering quality and value is one of the reasons that Dickinson Wright is a preferred provider of construction legal services.

Projects

 Commercial 
• Hospitals  
 Residential  • Retail
 Contract Drafting & Negotiation  • Hotels and Casinos
 • Manufacturing  • Bridges and Tunnels
 Education  • Highways

 

Disputes

Alternative dispute resolution
• Defective design (architectural and engineering)
• Professional liability
• Defective workmanship
• Delay, disruption, and prolongation claims
• Contractor and subcontractor disputes
Mechanic's liens and foreclosure claims
• Terminations
Bond, guarantee, and insurance claims

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