Practice Area

Construction

Our attorneys remain at the forefront of issues facing the construction industry by regularly teaching, writing and lecturing on legal and practical construction related topics.  Our current knowledge and broad experience enable us to assist our clients in the identification, allocation and avoidance of construction related risk.

We represent owners, developers, lenders, architects and engineers, construction managers, and contractors in all facets of the construction process from the earliest stages of project planning through final completion and dispute resolution.  We bring to each project our in-depth knowledge of the construction industry, enabling us to formulate solutions tailored to our clients’ business needs.

Our attorneys also advise our clients on business issues such as pricing, scheduling, financing and project delivery.  We also have extensive litigation expertise, handling construction disputes before state and federal courts and mediation and arbitration tribunals.

We regularly prepare and negotiate contracts using industry standard forms, such as the American Institute of Architects form agreements, as well as some of the most complex project or owner specific custom forms and master forms of agreement.  Our experience includes the drafting and negotiation of owner/contractor agreements, construction management agreements (both CM at risk and as owner’s agent), design services agreements, design-build agreements, owner’s representative agreements, subcontracts and development agreements.

Our projects have included large institutional projects, residential, retail and commercial rehabilitation and ground-up construction, hospital and healthcare facility construction and renovation, small and utility scale solar projects, and industrial projects such as manufacturing facilities and wastewater treatment plants.  We also have experience with publicly funded and non-profit projects and have a strong understanding of the issues that are specific to those sectors.

Our services include:

  • Contract drafting and negotiation
  • Environmental issues affecting property acquisition, development and construction
  • Construction financing
  • Litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
  • Construction insurance and bonding
  • Indemnification and risk allocation
  • Designer-led design-build
  • Scope of work disputes
  • Neighboring property disputes
  • Landlord & tenant construction related issues
  • Project acceleration, interference and delay claims
  • Building code violations
  • Building material failures
  • Design errors
  • Warranty, workmanship and construction defect disputes
  • Mechanic’s liens and trust claims

For more information about our Construction practice, please contact John-Patrick Curran.

Selected to Super Lawyers for Construction Litigation 2014 – 2019

“The Dotted Line: What Makes a Successful RFP,” Contributor

For: Construction Dive

April 30, 2019

“Mitigating Environmental Liability From Construction Debris and Contaminated Soil”

For: Strafford Publications, Inc.

February 12, 2019

“The Dotted Line: Mitigating the Risk of Unforeseen Site Conditions,” Contributor

For: Construction Dive

September 25, 2018

“The Dotted Line: 4 Reasons Why Construction Companies Should Have an Attorney Review Contracts,” Contributor

For: Construction Dive

December 12, 2017

“Claims for Defects in Design and Construction”

For: Lorman Education

September 15, 2017

“Rights and Responsibilities Related to Claims for Defects In Design and Construction”

For: Lorman Education Services

September 15, 2017

“Inside the Nation’s Varying Contractor Licensing Rules — And How They Impact Business,” Contributor

For: Construction Dive

May 25, 2017

“A Lawyer’s Guide to Power Purchase Agreements for Renewable Energy”

For: Lawline.com

May 24, 2017

“Inside the Complicated Legal Terrain of the Design-Build Delivery Method,” Contributor

For: Construction Dive

October 13, 2016

“The Dotted Line: Inside the ‘Dance’ of Subcontractor Negotiations,” Contributor

For: Construction Dive

June 7, 2016

“Managing Stormwater From Construction Activities: A Guide to New York State’s Construction General Permit”

For: Environmental Law in New York

April 2016

“The Importance Of Contractual Indemnification”

For: New York Law Journal

March 13, 2013

“Lien on Me – Understanding NY Mechanics Liens”

For: Lawline.com, Webcast

March 12, 2013

“Apartment Alterations: a Case Study”

For: NYS Bar Association, CLE Program

January 24, 2013

“Options Available for Owners To Challenge Mechanic’s Liens”

For: New York Law Journal

September 12, 2012

“Owner’s Rider to the AIA Form of General Contract”

For: New York Law Journal

June 20, 2012

“Reducing Owner’s Construction Risk: A Case Study”

For: CLE Program

June 6, 2012

“Management of Urban Soils at Construction Sites”

For: New York City Department of Transportation

April 10, 2012

“Owner Friendly Modifications to Construction Forms”

For: New York Law Journal

June 15, 2011

“Fundamentals of Construction Management”

For: CLE Program

March 15, 2011

“Statutes of Limitations for Construction and Design Defects”

For: New York Law Journal

November 10, 2010

“Liability of Construction Managers: Look to the Contract”

For: New York Law Journal

September 29, 2010