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Dickinson Wright is a proud partner to many national and regional developers and homebuilders. Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of residential development and construction.  From land entitlement to claim defense, our attorneys assist our clients in reasonable and business-oriented problem-solving.

Many of our construction lawyers have substantial experience in contract preparation and review. Whether preparing a master trade agreement spanning multiple years or reviewing a project-specific purchase agreement, our attorneys advise our clients on best practices to ensure that the client’s interests are fully protected and that risk is properly allocated.

Risk allocation is a critical issue for many of our construction clients. Our attorneys are skilled in evaluating risk to ensure adequate insurance coverage exists and that project subcontractors and material suppliers will timely and properly remedy problematic work and defend and indemnify for claims arising from their work.

Contingent-fee construction-defect attorneys routinely mass solicit homeowners in residential communities. Our team is experienced in assisting clients in responding to and defeating such solicitations. They are also experienced in defending construction defect claims. We have successfully defended hundreds of construction defect claims involving issues as varied as complex geotechnical engineering claims, fire cause and origin, and wrongful death.

We are also skilled in advising clients on workmanship, public report, and disclosure issues. Our lawyers have successfully represented clients before numerous administrative agencies.

Our Core Services Include:

Representative Experience

Representation of national developer resulting in numerous court decisions critical to the development of Arizona construction law such as: enforcement of arbitration provisions; enforceability of construction statute of repose; the scope of the economic loss doctrine, and tort duties owed by contractors for economic losses.

Representation of a large national homebuilder in a putative class action brought by homeowners alleging improper disclosure of utility expenses in a subdivision public report.

Representation of large homebuilder in a wrongful death claim alleged to have resulted from the installation of a mechanical system at the claimants’ home. 

Representation of a manufacturer of modular housing in construction-defect litigation. After a two-week jury trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of our client on all counts. 

Representation of an international general contractor on disputes totaling $30 million regarding the construction of a large multi-family housing development. 

Representation of a national homebuilder in the defense of more than fifty (50) cases brought under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) in the United States District Court. 

Representation of a general contractor in what was then the longest construction arbitration ever conducted before the American Arbitration Association. The arbitration involved disputes over the construction of offsite and onsite improvements for a large residential project.

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