Construction

Construction matters involve a large number of parties and require an understanding of many areas of the law. The Firm's construction experience, combined with our capabilities in related areas of real estate, corporate, finance, bankruptcy, labor and employment, and insurance coverage, allows us to help solve virtually any issue that may arise in the course of a construction project.

From real estate acquisition and project financing, drafting contract documents and project administration, to claim preparation, trial and dispute resolution, Cowles & Thompson is able to offer advice that can help clients reach their goals and objectives. We work with owners, developers, architects, engineers, design professionals, builders, construction and project managers, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers to resolve complicated issues, whether they involve a residential home, shopping center or skyscraper.

Contract Negotiation and Project Completion

Cowles & Thompson construction attorneys handle construction and development projects from idea inception through project completion. Attorneys analyze and advise on issues such as insurance requirements, indemnity provisions, liquidated damages, and performance and schedule guarantees. We also negotiate rights relating to unforeseen conditions, lien issues, defective or non-conforming work, time extensions, progress and final payments, warranty and mechanic lien claims, additional compensation and project closeout.

Dispute Resolution

When disputes arise, clients rely on the Firm’s extensive experience in dispute resolution.  We represent clients on construction matters in all tiers of the state and federal court systems, as well as before state and federal administrative agencies and contract appeals boards.

We regularly help clients develop solutions on disputes over issues of acceleration, change and extra work, warranties, defective workmanship, delay and disruption, partnership disputes, dissolutions, design deficiencies, construction site accidents, personal injury, property damage, water runoff, liens, labor disputes, hazardous substances, and breach of contract claims.

Section Head:  George A. (Tony) Mallers