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Construction Law

Members of Shipman & Goodwin’s Construction Law practice represent private and public owners, developers, educational institutions, contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, architects and engineers, and sureties in a wide array of matters. We regularly counsel clients from the conceptual phase of a construction project to its closeout. The preparation of contract documents and counseling during the course of a project are undertaken with an eye toward identifying and resolving issues before they become contested. When disputes do arise, our attorneys have extensive experience in all forms of dispute resolution including mediation, arbitration and litigation.

We understand the critical importance to our clients of having lawyers who know the construction industry.  We are invested in the success of our clients and committed to helping them achieve their goals.

The services provided by our Construction Law practice include:

Contract Procurement & Project Delivery

  • Request for Proposals/Qualifications (RFP/RFQ)
  • CM at Risk
  • CM Agency/Advisor
  • Design-Bid-Build
  • Design-Build
  • Integrated Project Delivery
  • Public-Private Partnership
  • Project Management
  • Owner’s Representative

Preparation of Design and Construction Contracts

  • AIA
  • Custom Contracts
  • Consensus Documents
  • Public and Private Entities
  • Residency (New Home and Home Improvement Projects)
  • Commissioning

Bid Issues and Protests

  • Preparation of Bid Documents
  • Bid Bonds
  • Statutory Requirements
  • Bid/Bidder Analysis and Counseling
  • Avoiding and Resolving Bid Challenges

Insurance and Bonds

  • Risk Management and Mitigation
  • CGL (Comprehensive General Liability)
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Builders’ Risk
  • Payment and Performance Bond
  • Professional Liability/Errors & Omissions
  • SDI (Subcontractor Default Insurance)

Project Troubleshooting

  • Counseling During Construction
  • Background Checks
  • Labor/Wage and Hour Issues
  • Extra Work/Scope “Creep”
  • OSHA Compliance/Citations
  • MBE/SBE Requirements
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Contract Defaults
  • Termination (For Cause and For Convenience)

Claims Management and Dispute Resolution

  • Mediation/Arbitration
  • Litigation
  • Bond claims/Surety
  • Insurance Claims
  • Mechanic’s Liens
  • Construction and Design Defects
  • Unforeseen Conditions
  • Delay, Efficiency and Acceleration Claims
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