Practice Areas

Construction

Time is of the essence.

Construction disputes can be caused by a wide variety of issues, from severe weather to project variances such as the unexpected delay of parts and materials. It’s not always clear which party is at fault, but in nearly every case, a timely resolution is critical to all involved.

We add significant value as experienced construction dispute lawyers skilled at getting to the heart of a matter quickly and focusing on the key areas that will impact the outcome in order to thoroughly advise clients on all possible courses of action. This often includes identifying the risks that led to the construction dispute and determining which party is in a better position to control such risk.

We work closely with forensic accountants and other experts as needed to obtain relevant opinions and data concerning the course of a project and the actions taken by all parties, to fully document liability and damages. Based on all information, we work to reach a prompt resolution through negotiation or industry-accepted resolution procedures prior to commencing litigation.

The types of claims we handle.

With decades of experience and a thorough knowledge of construction projects, we are adept at drafting and reviewing construction contracts, and helping to resolve disputes expeditiously in the vast majority of cases, often through negotiation and creative resolution development. Hanson Baker has represented contractors, subcontractors, owners, suppliers, and sureties in nearly all types of construction matters, including:

  • Bidding process claims
  • Warranty, surety, and insurance claims
  • Differing site condition claims
  • Claims concerning changes (or alleged changes) to project scope of work
  • Claims regarding architecture and defective designs
  • Contractor and owner delay claims
  • Acceleration claims
  • Defective workmanship claims
  • Claims for a “cardinal change” / work scope modification
  • Claims associated with contractor termination
  • Claims regarding loss of use of project
  • Claims for damages incurred by work suspension
  • Claims from defective and deficient contact documents

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