Our team of Construction & Design attorneys is dedicated to providing comprehensive legal services to the construction, design, and surety industries. Our Construction & Design practice group represents owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, design professionals, insurers, sureties and lenders involving both public and private projects.
We serve clients best by helping them avoid disputes. Practical examples of our efforts include:
Regardless of the size or complexity of a construction matter, we are committed to achieving our clients’ objectives by finding practical and economical solutions. Our lawyers complete an early assessment and analyze the problem presented and a client’s goals to determine the most effective and efficient method to achieve them.
We understand the sensitive relationships between contractors and sureties and frequently assist sureties in fulfilling their responsibilities on bond claims. We keep abreast of cutting-edge surety issues and innovative new insurance-type products, such as Subgard, currently in use in lieu of surety bonds, and Controlled Insurance Programs (CIPs).
Nationally, our team has:
By developing relationships with attorneys in our firm's other practice groups, we offer clients immediate, personal and cost-effective advice when a bankruptcy, picketing or tax lien threatens to halt the progress of construction.
Many of our lawyers have construction or engineering experience before becoming lawyers. A sampling of lawyers’ past experiences include:
As a group, we are active in the Construction bar, including holding current or previous leadership roles in:
This background, dedication and focus allow us to better understand our clients’ businesses and provide them the best possible service.
Our specific experience in the construction industry covers these areas:
While many firms emphasize the litigation aspects of their construction practice, many litigation problems can be avoided or significantly lessened by proper preparation and contractual positioning from the outset. We have prepared and negotiated hundreds of construction, design or design/build contracts for a wide range of projects on behalf of every type of service provider involved in the construction process.
In order to successfully accomplish the project objective, some degree of harmony must exist on the job site. Often that harmony can be disrupted by pickets or union strikes beyond the control of the general contractor, owner or lender. Our lawyers have substantial experience working with clients in preparing the job site to accommodate potential picketers in a way that avoids work stoppages and other job delays. When these issues cannot be otherwise avoided, we represent our clients in various state and federal courts and before government agencies, such as the National Labor Relations Board.
Our lawyers also regularly defend contractors, subcontractors and minority contractors in compliance issues regarding affirmative action. We also have extensive experience in prevailing wage issues and union disputes.
Lien & Bond Claims
Whether you are an unpaid contractor or supplier trying to collect monies owed you, an owner who wants to avoid paying twice for work performed once, or a lender who needs to protect your collateral, mechanic’s liens and payment bonds are devices you need to understand.
A properly prepared and timely filed mechanic’s lien or bond claim can be an invaluable tool, and sometimes the only way to collect monies owed. At a minimum, they typically generate significant concern on behalf of those with interests or obligations to the subject property. Conversely, lien waivers and bonds can provide a virtual bar to claims by subcontractors and suppliers against the project owners and lenders.
We have successfully prepared, prosecuted and defended against hundreds of mechanic’s lien and bond claims in dozens of states, ranging from thousands to millions of dollars.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
With the costs of litigation often outweighing the value of the claims at issue, parties more frequently look to alternative methods of dispute resolution. These methods include informal negotiations, nonbinding mediations and arbitrations.
Our attorneys have significant experience in the area of ADR. Each dispute is unique in its own right, and we believe it is important to understand which alternative is best suited to further a client’s objectives. The answer to that question is often much more complex than it might appear, and a lawyer who can provide effective guidance in that regard can be invaluable.
On occasion, despite the best intentions and best efforts of all involved, the need to litigate a dispute is simply unavoidable. In such an event, it is critical to have lawyers who are experienced not only in litigation, but in all aspects of the construction process.
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Stephen is a exceptional labor & employment attorney. Whenever I have an issue or a question that I don't know how to address, I email or call Stephen and he is incredibly responsive. He either knows the way a situation needs to be handled, or he will research and find out. He always leaves me with the necessary tools in order for me to effectively fulfill my job including either documents or notes on how to lead a difficult discussion with an employee. I highly recommend Stephen!Read less
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Dan was extremely knowledgeable in preparing a Reg D offering. Additionally he was very responsive and sensitive to the timing of preparing the offering.Read less
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His listening skills need improvement. I had to repeat things several times and he would ask me the same questions over again. He is more of a talker which is not a bad thing....just not when it comes to listening to what your clients wants and needs are.Read less
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Husch Blackwell is committed to recruiting, developing, retaining, and promoting talented attorneys and staff. We believe diversity encompasses a variety of characteristics, including race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, education, and family and marital status.
Our environment is essential to both the quality of our client service and the personal satisfaction of our lawyers and staff.
Our efforts have been recognized both nationally and locally in promoting diversity. We received a top rating of 100 percent in the Corporate Equality Index, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the Equal Justice Award, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, and named one of the Top 100 Law Firms for Women by MultiCultural Law Magazine.
Minority and female partners hold senior leadership positions in management, which fully supports the wide variety of initiatives coordinated by our firm’s Diversity Committee.
We are actively involved in promoting diversity within the legal profession. Our firm endorsed the diversity commitment and action plans of our local bar associations.
Diversity and inclusiveness make us a stronger firm and better able to understand our clients’ needs. We are committed to pursue, promote and enhance diversity at Husch Blackwell.
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