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Since the Firm was established in 1988, our attorneys have represented every potential party to a dispute on a construction project, including owners, developers, sureties, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. We have litigated, arbitrated and mediated cases from Maine to Florida and from New Jersey to Hawaii. Over the years, we have worked for our clients on virtually every type of construction project including: major office buildings, stadiums, hospitals, shopping centers, condominiums, government buildings, bridges, water treatment plants, petro-chemical plants, highways, airports, factories, and schools.

With our first hand knowledge of the construction industry, our attorneys are equipped to assess problems quickly and assist in the tactical and strategic decisions that can make the difference between a project wrought with problems and one that is successfully completed. We are involved in all phases of construction projects, and our attorneys work with our clients to answer day-to-day questions with respect to:

  • Contract negotiations and document preparation
     
  • Bid protests and bid withdrawals on public projects
     
  • Injunctions
     
  • Complex operational and financial issues that arise during a project
     
  • Delay, disruption, and acceleration claims process
     
  • Surety bond claims
     
  • Contracting on the Federal, State, and local levels
     
  • Construction changes and differing site conditions
     
  • Mechanics' and Construction Lien Laws
     
  • Government procurement and Miller Act issues
     
  • Corporate compliance and dispute procedures
     
  • Affirmative action and hiring goals on construction projects

 
 
Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:

Contemporaneous Documentation is Not Always a Good Thing
Michael H. Payne, October 15, 2014
There is no question that documentation is an important part in the resolution of any construction dispute. Particularly contemporaneous documents - documents that are created at the time that events occur. Quality control reports, daily logs, and timely letters all fall into the...

Court Upholds Rights of Small Business Dredging Contractors
Michael H. Payne,Robert G. Ruggieri, October 14, 2014
In a bid protest argued by our firm before the United States Court of Federal Claims on September 23, 2014, the Court ruled in favor of our client, RLB Contracting, Inc., (RLB) in a matter involving the designation of the dredging exception to NAICS code 237990, which is for “Other Heavy and...

Shafer Electric & Construction v. Mantia: PA Supreme Court Holds That Noncompliance with the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act Does Not Entitle Homeowners to Free Work
Matthew L. Erlanger,Jennifer M. Horn, September 02, 2014
Pennsylvania’s Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (“HICPA”), which went into effect in 2009, generally requires that home improvement contracts be in writing and contain thirteen specific items (including the contractor’s home improvement contractor registration...

Is the End Near for Race-Conscious Contracting Programs? Federal Contractor Challenges the 8(a) Minority Business Development Program
Edward T. DeLisle,Kayleen Egan,Maria L. Panichelli, August 25, 2014
Is the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) minority business development program, also known as the “8(a) Program” unconstitutional? The legality of the program has been a hot topic of debate over the year, most recently due to a significant DC District Court...

SBA Increases Small Business Size Standards for Businesses in Numerous Industries, Including Construction
Edward T. DeLisle,Maria L. Panichelli, August 11, 2014
If you participate in federal government procurement programs, either as a prime contractor or as a subcontractor, listen up! Your small business size status may have changed on July 14, 2014 as a result of an interim rule issued by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The rule increased...

Update on Discoverability of Attorney-Expert Communications
Matthew L. Erlanger,Jennifer M. Horn, July 31, 2014
On April 29, 2014 an evenly divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Barrick v. Holy Spirit Hospital upheld a lower court ruling holding that communications between a party’s attorney and a party’s expert witness are exempt from disclosure during discovery. This case was previously...

Amendments to Ohio P3 Legislation Add Bonding Requirements with a Twist
Lisa M. Wampler, July 21, 2014
It is no secret within the construction industry that public-private partnership (P3) project delivery has recently become all the rage. The demand for infrastructure repairs and improvements is high, and the public dollars needed to fund them are scarce. P3 projects incorporating public and...

PA Supreme Court Decides Bricklayers Case: Unions No Longer Have Mechanics' Lien Rights in Pennsylvania
Lori Wisniewski Azzara,Jason A. Copley, May 02, 2014
As we first reported back in January of 2012, the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued a decision in Bricklayers of Western Pennsylvania Combined Funds v. Scott’s Development Co. that significantly changed the meaning of the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law. In its decision, the Superior...

Supreme Court's Pass on Berks Products Impacts PA Contractors
Jason A. Copley,Daniel E. Fierstein, April 23, 2014
Counterintuitive as it may seem, courts can exert significant influence by deciding not to consider a case. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania did just that on April 1, 2014 when it decided not to consider an appeal in the Berks Products Corp. v. Arch Insurance Co. case (Berks). The underlying case...

House Small Business Committee Approves Two Bills Designed to Help Small Business Contractors
Edward T. DeLisle,Maria L. Panichelli, April 22, 2014
A little over a month ago, Rep. Sam Graves, Chairman of the House Committee on Small Business, introduced a pair of bills designed to increase the participation of small business contractors in federal contracting.

Messy Solar Construction Litigation Sheds a Little Light on the Intersection of New Jersey Lien Statutes and Public Private Partnership
Daniel E. Fierstein,Jennifer M. Horn, April 01, 2014
A recent case before the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey (Morris County Improvement Authority and Somerset County Improvement Authority v. Power Partners Mastec, LLC) involving solar construction has shed light (pun intended) on the complications associated with projects that...

Want to Appeal a Bid Protest Decision Involving A Maryland State Contract? If New Legislation Becomes Law, You May Have to Pay to Play...
Jennifer M. Horn, March 19, 2014
New Proposed Legislation Would Require Bond: If House Bill 1488 becomes law in Maryland, bid protesters of state contracts appealing a decision to the Maryland Board of Contract Appeals would be required to simultaneously submit a “protest appeal bond or other form of acceptable...

The Differing Site Conditions Clause Is Alive and Well
Michael H. Payne, February 26, 2014
Thanks to a recent decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in Metcalf vs. U.S., the protection afforded by the Differing Site Conditions clause has been reaffirmed. Although the Court primarily addressed the requirement that federal agencies must demonstrate good faith and fair...