Construction Litigation

Overview

Development and construction projects can give rise to disputes between and among the many parties typically involved: owners, designers, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, vendors, etc.  These cases can involve claims of contract breach, delay, lost profits, back charges, change orders, retainage, releases, mechanic's liens, and indemnification.  Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. lawyers litigate, arbitrate, and mediate construction disputes in federal and state courts and alternative dispute resolution venues throughout the United States.

Full Description

Beveridge & Diamond has extensive experience litigating, arbitrating, and mediating construction disputes in federal and state courts and alternative dispute resolution venues throughout the United States. Our cases have addressed alleged deficiencies relating to design, construction, construction management and contractor performance; alleged delay, lost profits and lost opportunity; and disputes over back charges, change orders, retainage, releases, mechanic's liens, indemnification, waiver and contract terms. We have particular experience with highly technical engineering, scientific and construction management issues, and sorting out the competing positions of multiple contractors, subcontractors, design engineers and vendors in multimillion dollar cases. The Firm's environmental expertise and our longtime work with industrial clients make us particularly comfortable on projects presenting technical complexities.  

We are well versed in all facets of construction litigation, alternative dispute resolution and negotiation options. As with all our litigation, we try to position each case to maximize recovery or minimize loss by identifying and pursuing early on strategic approaches calculated to lead to prompt and favorable resolution. We also employ our insurance coverage experience to assure that our clients in construction disputes are able to optimize any recovery from insurance carriers.  

Representative Matters
Representative Matters
  • representing a chemical manufacturer sued in federal court by a contractor claiming owner-caused delays during construction of a new process facility, the Firm negotiated an agreement to arbitrate the dispute, achieving a favorable arbitration decision and saving substantial time and litigation costs; 
  • defending a municipality in arbitration against claims for delay, lost profits and lost opportunity brought by a general contractor in connection with the construction of pump stations;
  • during jury selection, achieving a substantial settlement for a District of Columbia developer for damages resulting from delay, lost profits and environmental clean-up costs in connection with contamination caused by deficient performance by a construction manager and two contractors;
  • achieving a large settlement for an Alabama contractor in the pursuit of claims for delay, lost profits and lost opportunity arising from deficient specifications for the construction of a wastewater treatment facility;
  • representing numerous municipalities with respect to construction and design claims in connection with wastewater treatment plants.
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