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Construction Law

Our Construction Practice Group advises owners and developers, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers with respect to all aspects of construction law, including contract review, negotiation, mediation, arbitration and trial.  Our practice covers private and public works, commercial, industrial and residential projects.  All of our attorneys are skilled and experienced, and comfortable in the job trailer, the board room, or before a judge and jury.

Here is what you can expect when you work with us:  experience, focus, dedication, integrity and honesty.  These are the core philosophies of our firm.  We pursue our clients’ objectives with the highest level of responsiveness and efficiency.  Our clients expect and appreciate top quality representation by professionals whose priority is client satisfaction—and that is exactly what we provide.

Our construction team performs services in a variety of areas including:

Contract Review, Negotiation, and Litigation Avoidance
We counsel local, national and international owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, operators, tenants, financing entities, and construction professionals in connection with generating and reviewing all manner and type of construction contract documents.  Hopkins & Carley’s construction group has gained a reputation for successfully negotiating and drafting construction contract documents for any application and project delivery system.  
We prepare and support complex construction project documents, as well as more typical construction agreements, with the same view and objective:  To provide a legal framework upon which the parties can complete the project on time and on budget.  We can and do frequently offer clarifying revisions to proposed language during negotiations and, if needed, participate in the actual negotiations between the parties to finalize the contract documents.  Our experience and responsiveness also allow us to step in to help solve mid-project change order disputes and other claims that arise during the course of the project, with minimal disruption to the schedule and budget.

Construction Litigation/Contract Enforcement
If a favorable pre-litigation outcome is not available, our construction professionals draw upon years of litigation and arbitration experience to take on any legal battle with but one objective:  Win.  Successful litigation strategies and outcomes depend upon a combination of knowledge, insight, experience, skill, risk assessment, and the nerve to take on an adversary through trial to win the litigation “battle.”  Our construction litigators possess all the necessary characteristics to develop, implement, and achieve success in court and arbitration.

Enforcement of Statutory Remedies
The enforcement of statutory remedies as they apply to either public or private works, including mechanic’s liens, stop notices, and surety relations, including payment and performance bonds, is a critical part of protecting our clients’ legal rights.  Technical non-compliance with the statutes can be fatal to a client’s claim.  We are highly experienced in enforcing and/or defending public and private works claims.  We prepare and record claim documents, advise clients on all aspects of statutory claims, and litigate our clients’ claims to successful conclusions.

Dealing with Experts
It is often most cost-effective to engage consultants and experts on technical issues early on once a dispute arises.  We have used a variety of experts on all manner of issues, from analyzing blueprints to running sophisticated computer models for delay and/or acceleration claims.  We have access to the best consultants in the business to address even the most highly specialized and complex issues. 

Client Successes
Lectures by Construction Practice Group Members


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