Sherman & Howard’s construction attorneys have extensive experience and proven expertise in all aspects of the construction process. We provide legal representation to developers, general contractors, public owners, homebuilders, design/builders, design professionals, homeowners’ associations, subcontractors, material suppliers, and others in the construction industry. Our Construction Industry Practice Group is one of the largest, if not the largest, dedicated construction law practice in the Rocky Mountain region and features lawyers who focus exclusively on construction. Unlike many other law firms, we do not dabble in construction. We know construction inside and out and consider it to be a specialized practice area, not just another branch of commercial or contract law. Our attorneys include former architects, engineers, contractors and government attorneys, as well as experienced arbitrators and mediators of construction disputes. Our attorneys are regular speakers, authors, professors and instructors on construction subjects, and members of construction organizations. We provide our clients outstanding service, value and results. We assist clients through every step of the construction process from conception through and beyond completion of a construction project.
Contracting and Preconstruction
Before a construction project starts, we help clients with deal negotiation, risk management, liability protection and litigation avoidance. Our attorneys regularly draft and negotiate construction contracts, design contracts and other documents to allocate risk, define responsibilities, avoid disputes and achieve our clients’ objectives. Some of our lawyers have specialized expertise in government contracts, bid protests and debarment proceedings. We advise clients on entity creation, project delivery methods, insurance programs including wrap-ups, and safety and health programs. When we are engaged early, we are better able to help our clients avoid disputes later and save them time and money.
We help clients promptly and efficiently resolve the many kinds of issues that can arise during a construction project. Sherman & Howard’s construction attorneys help clients prepare and defend claims, including change order issues, payment disputes, differing site conditions claims, design issues, contract disputes, terminations, subcontractor defaults and claims, mechanics’ liens and bond claims, both on public and private projects. We have attorneys who can immediately respond to jobsite accidents and OSHA inspections. With all that can happen on a project, the experience of our construction attorneys can be invaluable in helping our clients make their projects successful.
Post-Construction Claims and Dispute Resolution
Construction is a high-risk business, and some projects are the subject of post construction claims and disputes. We understand the significant costs – financial, business and emotional – of lengthy disputes and work hard to resolve disputes for our clients quickly and efficiently. Our construction attorneys represent both plaintiffs and defendants in construction defect claims, claims involving design professionals, delay and disruption claims, bond claims and other construction disputes. We assess claims early and strategically, resolve claims without litigation when possible, implement repair-based settlements when appropriate, and use negotiation, mediation and other forms of alternate dispute resolution to resolve claims for our clients. With our experience, we are able to see around the corners and provide our clients with meaningful case evaluations, alternative courses of action, cost/benefit analysis and detailed risk assessment. When necessary, we bring and defend claims before arbitrators and courts in Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, the Rocky Mountain Region and beyond. We regularly work with our clients’ insurers and insurance defense counsel and, when necessary, bring claims against insurance companies for wrongful delay or denial of insurance benefits.