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.


News Releases

07.16.2018Jaime Austrich Installed as President of the J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inns of Court
06.28.2018Duane A. Daiker Appointed to the Florida Bar's Appellate Practice Certification Standing Committee
06.08.2018Steven Allen Bimbo Named Vice Chair of the Supplier/Service Division of the Carolina AGC
03.05.2018DeLeo Leads Campaign for Sarasota County School Tax Referendum
07.26.2017Christian Staples Named Honoree for the 2017 North Carolina Leaders in the Law Awards
07.17.2017Steele B. ("Al") Windle, III Joins Construction Society of America
06.09.2017Rebecca E. Shope Named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Toledo “Woman of the Year"
05.31.2017Unoccupied Nanna’s Coffee Shop on Freedom Drive to Become Charlotte’s First Drive-Thru-Only Coffee Shop
03.09.2017Raydal Hospitality Announces Newest Sabor Latin Street Grill Location
03.08.2017Steven Bimbo Appointed to Charlotte Business Inclusion Advisory Council
01.09.2017Shumaker Attorneys Named Business North Carolina's 2017 "Legal Elite"
11.16.2016Shumaker Earns National and Regional Rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2017
09.07.2016Robert H. Eddy Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
08.10.2016Tivoli Homes of Sarasota Prevails in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit against Medallion Homes Gulf Coast
04.20.2016Shumaker Launches Blog About Trends and Legal Issues in the Construction Industry
11.12.2015Shumaker Earns “Best Law Firm” Rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2016
10.15.2015Yuliya V. Swaim Joins Sarasota Office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
11.06.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Receives Metropolitan First-Tier Rankings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for 2014
02.23.2011Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Speak to Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
10.14.2010Attorneys Moses Luski and Andy Culicerto to present on "Protecting Your Rights Throughout the Construction Process"
08.11.2010Brian R. Lambert Receives Board Certification in Construction Law
04.01.2010Christopher Z. Staine Joins Florida Bar Committees



Events and Presentations

04.09.2018"Performance Bond Challenges: Onerous Contracts and Onerous Bond Forms," Southern Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference
09.14.2017Presenter, "Ethical Issues in Suretyship: Staying Out of Jeopardy," Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey
04.20-21/2017Co-Presenter: “E-Discovery Nuts and Bolts and Trends for Sureties and Their Counsel,” 28th Annual Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Nashville, TN
07/19/2016Construction Law Seminar, Charlotte, North Carolina
09.17.2015"A Practical Guide to Construction Liens"
08.02.2012"2012 Construction Law Seminar"

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