O’Hagan Meyer’s Construction Industry Team advises on all phases of construction projects, from design and planning to contract negotiation, preparation, bidding and review, construction, Errors & Omissions defense, insurance coverage and claims, surety/bond issues, and dispute avoidance and resolution. Our lawyers have decades of experience assisting clients on a wide range of construction projects throughout the United States. Our clients include almost all participants in the construction and development process:
- General contractors
- Design professionals
- Consulting and management firms
We have negotiated billion-dollar contracts and been first chair in billion-dollar construction litigation. We understand the intricacies of the construction industry. Our team includes attorneys who are former contractors as well as attorneys trained in architecture and engineering. This team has robust and vast experience in representing clients in complex construction projects. Our excellent track record is reflected in reported cases, as well as in the recognition from Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers, US News, Virginia Business, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Super Lawyers and others.
Construction Contracts and Project Representation.
A well-drafted contract is critical to risk management. Our team has more than 100 years of combined experience handling construction projects from idea inception. We advise on a full range of issues including:
- Licensing and insurance requirements
- Indemnity provisions
- Liquidated damages
- Performance and schedule guarantees
- Issues surrounding LEED projects
- Claim preservation and avoidance
We negotiate critical contract provisions relating to unforeseen conditions, defective or non-conforming work, time extensions, progress and final payments, warranty and lien claims, additional compensation, and project closeout.
We represent our clients in disputes at all tiers of the state and federal court systems throughout the country, as well as before state and federal administrative agencies and contract appeals boards. We have tried dozens of construction-related jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations to successful verdicts, and have resolved hundreds of such cases favorably to our clients. We are aware of the high cost of construction litigation, which is fact intensive and often requires multiple expert witnesses, and we use our expertise and experience to collaborate with our clients to minimize that cost. We also assist in dispute resolution as mediators and arbitrators.