The construction industry uses a language all its own, and it is one Al DiVincentis speaks fluently. Before becoming a lawyer, Al spent 15 years working his way up the ranks in construction, ultimately becoming vice president of a major Connecticut construction company. Now, he uses that hands-on knowledge in his legal work on behalf of contractors and developers, getting quickly up to speed on a project and thoroughly understanding all its dimensions.
Al represents contractors, subcontractors, developers, design professionals, manufacturers and insurers in all facets of the construction industry from inception to completion. Al has drafted and negotiated design and construction agreements for multiple public and private construction projects with values in excess of $65M.
As a litigator, Al has extensive experience in construction and complex commercial disputes and transactions, and complex insurance coverage disputes. He has represented construction-industry clients in disputes involving as much as $85 million in claims. His clients have included one of the largest contractors in the world concerning construction related insurance coverage issues arising out of the World Trade Center clean-up project, and a global construction and materials conglomerate in multi-state litigation.
While skilled as a trial lawyer, Al devotes much of his practice to counseling construction and design professional clients on how to complete their projects without litigation. He encourages clients to come to him well before they launch, so that he can work closely with them as a key member of the project team. From a project's earliest stages, he counsels his clients on how best to manage their risks. If disputes arise as the project moves forward, he brings his industry knowledge and legal skill to bear in seeking the best way to resolve it.
For his commitment, dedication and service to the construction industry, Al was awarded the Dr. Stuart R. Bennett Alumni Award from Central Connecticut State University in 2008 and the Associated General Contractors of Connecticut's Service Provider of the Year in 2010.
Al is an appointed member of the Associated General Contractors of America National Committee on Contract Documents and of the Associated Builders and Contractors Legislative and Government Relations Committee. He is a member of the ALFA International Construction Section Steering Committee. He is a frequent lecturer on construction-law topics and is an appointed arbitrator with the American Dispute Resolution Center in New Britain.
Associated General Contractors of America National Committee on Contract Documents (Appointed member)
Associated Builders and Contractors - Legislative and Government Relations Committee (Appointed Member)
American Arbitration Association, Northeast Region - Advisory Council
ALFA International, Construction Section, Steering Committee
Represented a prominent developer on construction issues that arose on a $70M assisted living facility. Total claims asserted were in excess of $85M in value. Claims included changed conditions, contract interpretation, delay and impact claims. A favorable result was obtained for the client.
Represented a construction manager and indirectly the owner on construction issues that arose on a $125M project. The project encountered unforeseen conditions, delays and many design issues and involved over 30 subcontractor claims. All but two of the claims were resolved short of arbitration. The remaining claims were arbitrated and successful results were achieved on behalf of the client.
Represented a general contractor in arbitration concerning the construction of a retail store. Total claims were in excess of $4M. We successfully defended against the claims asserted by the opposing party and achieved a substantial award in favor of our client.
Negotiated and drafted design and construction agreements for a Regional School District Building Program in excess of $50M and counseled our client throughout the multi-year building program. No claims were ever asserted by any parties.
Negotiated and drafted design and construction agreement for a municipality for a new high school project in excess of $65M.
Successfully represented a municipality against an engineering firm concerning defective design at a waste water treatment plant and achieved a significant settlement prior to trial.
Represented a regional school district in a multi-party litigation against the project's design professionals and contractors. A successful mediation was concluded within 6 months of being engaged by the client.
Represented multiple government contractors in federal and state bid challenges, claims for equitable adjustment and debarment proceedings.
Represented one of the largest contractors in the world concerning construction related insurance claims arising out of the World Trade Center clean-up project.
Represents a world-wide construction and materials conglomerate in multi-state litigation.
Represents a prominent national developer in all aspects of the construction process from inception to completion. Projects include health care, resort and mixed use projects.
Represented multiple design professionals in the defense of claims alleging defective design.
H & S Successfully Argues Arbitration Agreement Exempts A Party From Apportionment
Insurance Law Update, 10/02/2012
ConsensusDOCS Offer An Alternative to Perceived Standard Agreements
Understanding and Managing the Risks of Design Delegation
ALFA State Compendium, William S. Wilson, II and Alfred A. DiVincentis, May 2007