Sutherland has problem-solved and resolved disputes for construction industry clients for more than 40 years.
Sutherland understands the complex needs of construction industry clients, and we have successfully resolved hundreds of construction cases throughout all fifty of the United States, Canada, Mexico and overseas. Because our lawyers focus exclusively on construction, we are intimately familiar with the individuals, entities, projects, and practical considerations common in the industry, as well as the legal issues and business cycles affecting the construction industry in the United States and overseas. This helps clients achieve either early resolution of disputes or highly successful and cost-effective dispute resolution.
We guide clients from all sides of the construction industry through every step of the construction process. We provide a full scope of services based on our clients’ needs, from advice delivered in a single phone call to directly handling complex lawsuits involving hundreds of millions of dollars and the production of millions of documents. Between those extremes, we perform a full range of services for our construction clients, including bid protests, negotiation and preparation of contracts, advice and counsel during contract performance, dispute avoidance, claims preparation and analysis and various forms of dispute resolution. We have extensive jury trial, bench trial, arbitration and mediation experience.
When issues arise, we guide clients through all their options, helping them analyze the advantages and disadvantages of every approach. We have honed skills that help our clients avoid or minimize risk and disputes, with an eye toward preserving business relationships, reducing costs, and keeping projects moving forward. Our attorneys counsel clients to structure their contracts and project relationships in ways that will prevent future problems, offer practical aid with problem solving, and help them anticipate and solve potential issues before they become adversarial. We frequently provide on-site assistance to safeguard our clients’ interests by establishing proper procedures for scheduling, cost-tracking, record keeping and claim notification.
Longevity in a tough industry. Sutherland has been involved in construction for more than 40 years, so we understand challenges involved in complex projects.
National recognition. We have been ranked by Chambers as a Band 1 firm in Georgia since its inaugural U.S. issue in 2003.
Global reach. Sutherland attorneys have successfully resolved hundreds of construction cases throughout all fifty of the United States, Canada, Mexico and overseas.
We serve the entire industry. Our clients include some of the nation’s largest commercial and industrial owners, construction managers, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, architects, material and equipment suppliers, real estate developers, public entities and private owners.
Comprehensive service. We advise construction clients on construction project development; negotiating and preparing contracts and documents; project financing, bidding and bonding; permit and land use; environmental compliance; employment relations; supply and distribution chain contracts; intellectual property protection and licensing; claims presentation and defense and alternative and traditional dispute resolution.
The right team. We have worked closely with hundreds of construction consultants and expert witnesses over the years and are able to offer valuable insights in the process of selecting outside assistance.
A green approach. Sutherland’s team includes a LEED-accredited professional and attorneys knowledgeable about green building standards throughout the United States and the world. We also have extensive experience with wind, solar and biomass projects.
Nuts and Bolts
Sutherland advises on the full-spectrum of construction projects and issues:
Sutherland provides comprehensive services to construction industry clients:
Our construction clients build with confidence, knowing Sutherland’s experience will serve them well as they adapt to the changing needs and requirements of the modern construction industry.
Sutherland prevails in complex, protracted dispute with owner of a major casino resort, hotel and retail project.
Prevailed as lead counsel to a construction manager in state and federal litigation and related arbitrations in a complex, protracted dispute with the owner of a major casino resort, hotel and retail project. After a nine-month jury trial, we achieved the largest commercial verdict to that date in the state of Nevada.
Sutherland successfully defends owner/developer in $20 million contract dispute arbitration.
Sutherland successfully defended an owner/developer against a contractor’s claim for $20 million over the contract balance. The arbitration concluded with a net award of the contract balance only and the remaining contractor’s claims for disputed change orders and delay-related damages were denied. The subcontractors, who were also parties to the arbitration, were dismissed with prejudice during the proceedings after recovering a variety of damages awards against the general contractor.
Represents the general contractor in $200 million in disputes regarding the environmental abatement and deconstruction of the last remaining building at Ground Zero.
Represents one of the world’s largest construction management companies in resolving claims for contract balance, extra work and delay arising out of the abatement and deconstruction of 130 Liberty Street (the former “Deutsche Bank Building”) in downtown Manhattan—the last building to be removed from the “Ground Zero” site.
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§ “Diversity at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP” to “Diversity at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP”
§ “Diversity” section:
o The firm’s emphasis on diversity is reflected in numerous ways throughout the firm, such as the manner in which we recruit lawyers and other employees, our work-life policies and our professional service efforts. We have been recognized for our achievements in diversity. More importantly, we understand the significant role a diverse community plays in the firm's growth and development.
§ “Our Awards and Recognitions” section:
o Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP continues to be recognized for its efforts to promote diversity in the workplace and in the legal profession. In 2016 we were named a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality,” having earned a perfect 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, and we also were ranked a Top 100 Firm for Minority Attorneys by Law360. In addition, the firm was awarded the Gold Standard Certification for the fifth consecutive year by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum.
§ “Our Commitment” section:
o Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is committed to promoting diversity within the firm and in the legal profession. We believe that diverse skills, knowledge and viewpoints make us a stronger, more productive law firm. We hire and promote qualified lawyers and other professionals regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. We understand that diversity enhances our value to clients by allowing us to staff our client teams with professionals who possess broad experiences and a spectrum of perspectives.
o Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP has a cross-office Diversity Committee with responsibility for supporting and enhancing our firm culture. Our committee has helped coordinate and lead a number of efforts to advance diversity within our firm and the community. Affinity groups at the firm serve as support networks for attorneys of color; women lawyers; and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender attorneys.
o We are committed to working with our clients as they pursue the common goal of a professional workplace where opportunity is available to all.