Practice Areas & Industries: Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP


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Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP has extensive experience representing clients in all aspects of construction litigation and dispute resolution, as well as general advice and representation in non-litigation matters. Attorneys in the construction law group have represented owners, developers, public agencies, general contractors, sureties, insurance carriers, subcontractors, and materials manufacturers and suppliers in a wide variety of matters.

Our firm’s experience in construction law is very diverse. A primary focus of our construction law practice has been in defending large exposure negligence and indemnity actions arising out of allegedly defective conditions in complex construction projects and serious industrial and job site accidents. We regularly represent building component manufacturers in suits involving allegedly defective products, defended parties involved in design theft and design protection issues, defended sureties and principals in bond and lien claims, and prosecuted and defended claims for delays in construction projects and other contract claims, including defense of government contract procurement fraud cases. We have represented clients before various governmental agencies, including claims before the North Carolina Department of Labor for violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Our firm also has extensive experience representing companies and insurance carriers in insurance coverage disputes relating to first-party and third-party construction-based claims.

This firm also has been involved in construction law issues on the appellate level. In particular, this firm has successfully brought appeals before the North Carolina Supreme Court on both the completed and accepted work doctrine and the inherently dangerous work doctrine.

The clients we have represented are as diverse as the types of claims in which we are involved. The firm’s current and past construction law clients include municipalities and other governmental agencies, Fortune 500 corporations, public utilities, government contractors, residential, commercial, and institutional general contractors, manufacturers of building component materials, highway and paving contractors, and subcontractors and suppliers for a variety of specialties. This firm has been involved in disputes relating to many of the major commercial projects constructed in North Carolina, including large office and commercial projects, hospitals and other institutional projects, highway construction, and utility and pipeline litigation. This firm also has been involved in class actions in North Carolina relating to the alleged defects in synthetic stucco, and has been actively involved in synthetic stucco litigation throughout the State of North Carolina as counsel for synthetic stucco manufacturers, general contractors, and subcontractors.

The services offered by Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP are not limited to dispute resolution. This firm regularly provides advice and representation to clients in drafting and negotiation of construction contracts, and in reviewing and establishing contract administration procedures to help minimize and avoid claims and disputes. We represent real estate development entities and general contractors in payment and lien disputes. Members of our construction law group are also actively involved in a number of professional organizations relating to construction law, such as the American Arbitration Association, the American Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association’s Construction Law Committee and the Defense Research Institute Construction Law Committee.