Foremost among the decisions to be made on every construction project is the type of delivery system that will be used and the type and complexity of the contract documents that will be appropriate for the project. Whether our clients are well-versed in the construction industry or embarking on their first project, we guide them through the legal implications of the various options, with particular attention to the management or shifting of risk.
Once we start the work of drafting and negotiating construction contracts, we strive to find a balance between limiting our clients’ liability and working hard to get a deal done. During negotiation we focus carefully on many different contract clauses including those addressing delay claims, contingent payment, payment terms, dispute resolution, termination, flow-through, and indemnity. We are very familiar with standard industry contract forms but also have experience drafting custom contracts.
Recognizing that construction projects integrate almost every facet of business, attorneys in the construction group also regularly draw upon the expertise of colleagues from the firm’s other practice areas, including tax, transactional, real estate, lending, finance, products liability, environmental, government, insurance, employment, corporate, and intellectual property.