Find Lawyers in Seattle, Washington for Construction Law
Jeff Frank has practiced in the areas of commercial, construction, and real estate litigation for more than 25 years. He represents public and private owners, port districts, developers, design professionals, and general contractors in construction disputes, real estate contract disputes, claim avoidance, property damage claims, and litigation. He has also handled several “business separation” and shareholder derivative matters for clients in a number of industries, including, rea...
Mr. Franklin focuses his practice on construction law consulting and litigation, and general business litigation. Despite his focus on owner representation, principally public entities, private owners and developers; Mr. Franklin has also represented architects, engineers, general contractors and subcontractors in construction disputes. The disputes have involved data centers, public facilities, commercial buildings, bridges, landslides, docks, underground utilities, condominiums, private hom...
Mike Grace provides counsel and litigation services to contractors, developers, design professionals, and other construction industry clients. He drafts and negotiates a wide variety of contracts and agreements, and helps his clients resolve issues that arise during all phases of the construction process. Mike is experienced in resolving multiple different types of construction claims and disputes, including bid protests, change order and extra work disputes, claims for defective design and c...
David Groff provides counsel and strategic advice to construction industry and government contracts clients throughout the western United States. His clients include general contractors, engineers, and public and private owners. David’s practice philosophy is that effective representation requires that a lawyer be in touch with his clients’ business objectives. He provides day-to-day counseling to numerous clients on a variety of business and contract issue, and acts as outside ge...
Graehm Wallace, a partner with the firm's Litigation practice, has seventeen years of experience working in all areas of construction transactions, counseling and litigation. His work covers all aspects of contract drafting and negotiating, including preconstruction, architectural, engineering, construction-management, design-build, balance of plant (BOP), engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), turn-key, consultant, bidding, advice during construction, and claim prosecution and defe...
Construction Law Definition
For a typical project, a construction lawyer may be called upon to assist the owner in obtaining land for the project. Buying the land and building a project on the land often requires financing from another source, and construction lawyers often help prepare and negotiate the various loan documents that define the rights of the bank, bondholders, or other source of funding.
Construction lawyers may assist owners and developers in deciding which project delivery approach best suits their project, such as design-bid-build, design build, or multi-prime construction. Then, construction lawyers may help draft requests for bids to allow the owner or developer to identify a contractor. A lawyer may help determine whether a bid can be withdrawn due to a mistake. For certain public projects where the owner is a city, county, state, or arm of the federal government, a construction lawyer may be called upon to file a bid protest to challenge the fairness of the bidding process.
After the project is awarded, lawyers are often involved in drafting and negotiating contracts between the owner and general contractor or the general contractor and its subcontractors. Lawyers also may be involved in documenting insurance and bonding arrangements to secure performance of the work and protect the parties against property damage or personal injuries.
During the project, construction lawyers are often called upon to help the participants understand their contracts and comply with them. Many construction lawyers see this kind of work as extremely rewarding, because their guidance can help keep construction on track toward a successful conclusion. Where contractors or subcontractors are not being paid for their work, construction lawyers may file liens or bond claims to secure payment for their clients’ work.
Construction projects are complex, expensive, stressful, and sometimes dangerous, and thus give rise to many different kinds of disputes, including disputes about the cost and duration of the project, the quality of the work, and responsibility for injuries or damages suffered during the work or, sometimes, after the work is completed. Construction disputes are often complex, involving many parties and substantial amounts of money, so construction lawyers often engage in complex commercial litigation. Many construction contracts call for dispute resolution through dispute review boards, mediation, and arbitration, so a successful construction lawyer will understand the advantages, disadvantages, and nuances of alternative dispute resolution techniques.
While often seen as a specialist, a construction lawyer is, in many ways, a generalist who must be prepared to deal with almost any kind of legal problem that may affect the construction industry, whether that problem involves contract law, banking law, tax law, environmental law, criminal law, international law, bankruptcy law, real property law, insurance law, tort law, bond and lien law, administrative law, or litigation.
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