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Thompson Coe defends architects, engineers, contractors, surveyors, builders, consultants and other design professionals against a wide range of construction-related tort claims alleging financial or physical loss due to professional malpractice and breach of contract. Our lawyers understand the construction business and the unique relationships among the various professionals and contractors on a jobsite. Our work with numerous liability insurance companies, skill at contract negotiation and interpretation, and knowledge of construction industry practices form the core of our ability to provide effective counsel for architects, engineers, and designers in professional liability claims.


We have handled claims involving:

  • Design defects and omissions
  • negligent provision of construction phase services
  • delay claims
  • faulty or defective material specification
  • indemnification and contribution
  • professional negligence.

We understand there are often many design professionals involved in the delivery of a complex structure or system, and litigation over alleged negligent error or omission can involve a wide range of parties. We have experience on all sides of the table to effectively resolve malpractice, contract, cost overrun and other liability claims through mediation, arbitration or trial.


Shawn W. Phelan

Shawn W. Phelan


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