Construction

Shumaker’s construction lawyers represent clients across the construction industry:  general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, owners, developers, architects, engineers, construction managers, sureties, lenders, investors, and state and local governments. 

Our construction lawyers have experience with many different types of project-delivery systems on a wide variety of projects. Our experience includes private and public construction projects of all sizes, including state, local, and federal government construction projects.

Our construction lawyers represent clients in litigation in state and federal courts throughout the United States and in arbitration proceedings conducted by the American Arbitration Association and other arbitrators, as well as before numerous local, state, and federal governmental agencies and boards.

Shumaker is well known for our experience in construction law and litigation and in the handling of surety, fidelity and specialty bond claims.  We have many lawyers who are recognized by their peers as “Elite,” “Best in America,” and “Super Lawyers.”  We also have a number of lawyers who are Board Certified in Construction Law.

Our Clients

  • General Contractors 
  • Subcontractors and Suppliers
  • Project Owners and Developers
  • Architects, Engineers, and Construction Managers
  • Sureties
  • Commercial Lenders and Investors
  • State and Local Governments

Core Services

  • Licensing
  • Bidding and Bid Protests
  • Contract Negotiation and Preparation
  • Government Contracts
  • Environmental Issues and Claims
  • Extra work
  • Defective work
  • Delay, Acceleration, and Inefficiency
  • Change Order Disputes
  • Liens
  • Payment and Performance Bond Claims
  • Preparation and Presentation of Claims or Defense of Claims
  • OSHA
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Mediation, Arbitration, and Litigation

What you can expect from Shumaker

At Shumaker, our clients come first.  Our experienced lawyers immediately respond to clients’ needs by providing prompt legal advice. We advise clients on contract terms at the start of a project.  We customize standard industry contracts, such as AIA or AGC contract forms, to ensure that each construction contract is tailored to our client’s specific project. 

During the construction process, we provide our clients with effective advice and counseling tailored to their specific needs.  On the developer side, we offer assistance with land acquisition and obtaining land use approvals.  For contractors, we offer guidance on everything from contract bidding, bid disputes and bid protests to procedures for minimizing payment disputes and managing mechanics’ lien claims.  For surety companies, we analyze payment and performance bond claims and defend such claims or takeover and complete projects.

Because of the complexity of construction projects, even the best-planned projects may require dispute resolution upon completion.  We work proactively to avoid or quickly resolve disputed issues that may lead to litigation.  When litigation or arbitration is required, we represent our clients with determination, strength and forcefulness. 

When issues arise involving environmental, tax, workers’ compensation, bankruptcy, or general labor and employment law, Shumaker’s lawyers in those areas are standing by to provide fast, practical and real-world solutions.

 

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