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Jim assists business and public entities in resolving, litigating and arbitrating complex commercial disputes. He routinely handles disputes involving construction projects, insurance coverage, lender liability, trade secret misappropriation, noncompetition agreements, commercial fraud and breach of contract or warranty. Jim also practices in alternative dispute resolution. He works primarily for clients in the real estate development and construction industries, including owners, developers,...
John is the Chair of the firm's Real Estate, Land Use and Construction Law Practice Group and a member of the Business Law Group. He counsels his clients in all areas of real estate development, construction law, and commercial and construction financing: including, property acquisitions and dispositions; commercial, industrial, retail and office leasing; zoning; and land use law; and creditors' rights. John provides both preventive and remedial legal counsel to financial institutions, real e...
Rob is a member of Davis|Kuelthau’s Real Estate Team practicing in the Milwaukee office. With over 10 years of experience, he represents a wide range of businesses including, property developers, lenders, investors, landlords and tenants. His practice includes assisting clients with acquiring, developing leasing, financing and selling a variety of retail, office, industrial and multi-family projects. In addition to representing traditional lenders, Rob has been closely involved with Wis...
Matt serves as chair of the Davis|Kuelthau’s Litigation, Appellate, Commercial Litigation and Employment Litigation Practices. He represents clients in all aspects of litigation over commercial contracts, construction disputes, real property claims, and intellectual property matters. Matt helps plaintiffs and defendants achieve desirable results both in and out of court. His primary client base includes small to mid-size businesses, construction companies, and municipalities. He also wo...
Clayton Riddle is a Shareholder in the Litigation and Risk Management Practice Group. He focuses his practice on product liability, professional liability, transportation and trucking accidents, construction defects, fire cause and origin determination, premises liability and personal injury defense. Clayton is a Member and serves as a Wisconsin Firm Liaison for The Harmonie Group. He is also a member of the Wisconsin Defense Counsel and the National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association....
Mark Schmidt is a Shareholder in the Litigation and Risk Management Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Construction Law and Litigation Section. Mark helps clients resolve their most challenging and complex problems by focusing on practical solutions and efficient business results. Mark is directly involved in all aspects of negotiation, strategic planning, risk assessment, arbitrations, mediations and court and jury trials in state and federal court. Mark’s broad experience covers all a...
For over 30 years Steve has represented his clients in complex construction, business, and real estate litigation. The emphasis of his practice is in the areas of construction litigation and construction law—representing general contractors, subcontractors, owners, and design professionals, in construction disputes, both in court and in arbitration. His practice also emphasizes real estate litigation, including representing title insurance companies and their insureds, in real estate ti...
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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