Construction

Howard & Howard has vast experience in representing its construction clients in all areas of construction law.

Our team of construction lawyers represent public and private entities at the local, state and federal levels, including owners, contractors, construction managers, engineers, subcontractors, developers and architects. We advise and represent our clients in all legal construction-related matters, whether public or private—for both conventional and design/build projects—in the negotiation and drafting of construction-related documents as well as in all stages applicable to a construction project, including any related litigation matters.

Howard & Howard has demonstrated the ability to provide a full-range of services in construction and design-related matters. Our broad range of services include:

Development

We represent clients in various aspects of development and construction projects, including but not limited to: shopping centers, industrial parks, office buildings, state prison projects, manufactured housing communities, private sewage treatment facilities, warehouse distribution centers, subdivisions, hotel and casinos, residential homes and condominiums.

Architectural, Engineer, Consultant and Construction Contracts

Our attorneys routinely draft, review and modify standard construction contracts, including American Institute of Architects (AIA) contracts incorporating various fee structures; National Society of Practicing Engineers (NSPE) contracts; Associated General Contractors (AGC) contracts, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) contracts and custom drafted contracts, including but not limited to: construction management agreements, owner-architect agreements, owner-contractor agreements, owner-engineer agreements, owner-consultant agreements, subcontract agreements, and purchase orders for materials and equipment.

Government/Public Works Contracts

We represent clients in the bidding process, including bid protest, bid bonds, payment and performance bonds, prevailing wages, union workforce bid requirements, and barrier-free standards. We also provide legal guidance and consultation regarding laws relating to the state or federal public works projects, including assisting clients with providing appropriate state or federal public works notices such as the federal Miller Act.

Mechanics' Lien

We provide legal and business guidance and consultation regarding mechanics' lien notices and represent clients in prosecuting or defending mechanics' lien actions.

Bonds and Insurance

Our attorneys routinely draft, review and modify bond documents and all types of insurance coverage language, including OCIP and CCIP insurance provisions.

Licensing

We provide guidance and assistance to clients on various aspects relating to applicable contractor licensing, including assisting clients with the licensing applications and representing clients in administrative actions relating thereto.

Construction Litigation

We represent clients on all types of construction-related litigation matters—for the Plaintiff or Defendant—including but not limited to: claims for breach of contract, defective work, defective design, delay and disruption, termination, backcharges, change orders, construction failures, work site safety and control claims, warranties, bid protests, mechanics' liens, bonding and insurance.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

In representing clients, Howard & Howard also uses alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures, including arbitration, mediation and mini-trials. We have extensive ADR experience and are prepared to use these methods when they will best achieve our client's objectives.