Construction/Design

Clients call on Phelps Dunbar's Construction attorneys to handle complex disputes as well as provide legal and strategic advice on construction projects. 

The construction practice at Phelps serves clients involved in all phases of private and public construction projects – planning, design, construction, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution. Our lawyers handle international, national, regional and local design and construction contract negotiation and drafting, bid protests, claims, litigation and alternative dispute resolution for a diverse clientele. Our construction clients include owners (individuals to large corporate entities), design professionals, small to national contractors, subcontractors, as well as major developers, sureties, insurers, consulting and management firms.

Partnering
Transcending the various facets of this practice, our construction lawyers follow an approach of partnering with our clients to help them avoid and, when necessary, resolve disputes reasonably and efficiently. Regardless of the size of our client, issue, or dispute, we are committed to bringing an efficient and cost-effective solution to matters entrusted to our care. To this end, we explore and employ creative case management techniques.

Counseling
We realize that proper project planning and contract preparations are vital to a successful construction project and avoidance of disputes. With this in mind, our construction lawyers are experienced in establishing project procedures, including drafting and reviewing design services, construction management, and construction contracts. In that regard, we routinely advise clients regarding the legal and practical advantages of various bidding and construction scenarios, from more traditional design/bid/build with a single prime contractor, to fast-track design/build and multi-prime construction. Our attorneys are experienced in drafting manuscript contracts, as well as in modifying standard industry forms for specific clients and projects.

Attempting to avoid unnecessary claims and disputes, we also work with clients to establish protocols for dealing with differing site conditions, changes, defective specifications and other construction project occurrences.

Our extensive experience in this area reflects in the diversity of the projects with which we have been involved. Ranging from the new construction of residential dwellings to the renovations of historic structures to projects of high-rise office buildings, shopping malls and stadiums, vast industrial plants, casinos, marine structures, and interstate pipelines, our construction lawyers have been involved with virtually every conceivable type of project.

Dispute Resolution
On those occasions when claims or disputes cannot be avoided, we provide counsel and representation to our clients in the dispute resolution process. With extensive experience at all levels of trial and appellate litigation practice, as well as mediation and arbitration, we are particularly adept at structuring and participating in creative dispute resolution mechanisms to secure expedient, economical, and just results for our clients. Furthermore, we advise clients about the alternatives and advantages of litigation versus other dispute resolution methods and aggressively but professionally represent their interests in the resolution processes in order to secure favorable results.

Given that our construction lawyers have experience representing individuals as well as corporate entities (owners as well as design professionals and contractors, sureties, and insurers), the historic diversity of representation provides the firm with a unique perspective in our construction practice. Our attorneys anticipate and understand the positions of the various interests in this field. Not surprisingly, our construction practice lawyers have successfully litigated or arbitrated a myriad of disputes.

With our construction attorneys’ experience, it is not surprising that they have been asked to assist in matters across the United States and the other side of the world. We have developed contacts with litigation experts and consultants around the globe. And, of course, when and as appropriate we can call upon Phelps Dunbar’s lawyers with experience and particular knowledge of environmental, tax, bankruptcy, and admiralty law. As a consequence, Phelps Dunbar’s construction practice provides a diverse but cohesive and thorough service for our clients.