Construction is a dynamic industry that requires legal representation capable of crafting sophisticated and cost-effective solutions. Thompson Coe has over 50 years of experience representing clients in construction matters. As a result, our attorneys understand how to handle the complexities that can arise out of construction projects. Thompson Coe’s national reputation for effective trial defense of personal injury cases is a particular strength of our construction practice. Our lawyers use their litigation skills to work in partnership with clients and their insurers to resolve injury and damage lawsuits.
We assist a variety of clients, including, but not limited to developers, architects, engineers, contractors, surveyors, construction managers, and design builders in both the public and private sectors of the construction industry, and much of our work focuses on claims in these key areas:
- Design and Construction Defect Claims––Our experienced attorneys have litigated a variety of commercial and residential defect cases involving structural deficiencies, code violations, and other related defect disputes. We understand the intricacies of design specs and employ our knowledge to protect clients from allegations of design error and defective installation.
- Contract Claims––We represent clients in concerns that arise at every stage of the contracting process for construction – from detailing all commitments at the project’s inception to core construction law claims of extra work, acceleration, warranty claims, and a host of related contractual issues. We also negotiate and prepare agreements between and involving owners, design professionals, sureties, construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers.
- Lien and Bond Claims––Our attorneys work diligently to enforce mechanics’ liens and bonds to ensure that our clients are justly paid for supplying materials or labor to a project. We also handle construction default cases and advise our clients on how to strategically collect and demand payment when mechanics’ liens and payment bond claims are not possible.
- Workplace safety issues involving accident and injury––Our emphasis on timely accident investigation and early retention of experts has absolved our clients from injury or damage liability in numerous cases. We are equally effective at proactive counseling that helps contractors and other clients develop written safety standards, conduct safety compliance audits, and respond to federal and state Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) inspections and notices of violation.
Our lawyers frequently represent clients at trial in construction litigation throughout the country, but we are equally skilled in all aspects of construction law and construction litigation. We utilize our industry knowledge to negotiate early on and fight for the best results for our clients through both litigation and alternative dispute resolutions like AAA, JAMS, and ICC.
We also bring to each construction matter an efficient, multidisciplinary team that synthesizes the strengths and knowledge of our Commercial Litigation, Labor & Employment, General Liability, Insurance, Professional Liability, and other practices whose experience is critical to success in this industry.