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Construction Law: Contractors, Designers, and Suppliers

Construction Law: Contractors, Designers, and Suppliers

Contact: Neale T. Johnson

Smith Moore Leatherwood’s hard hat lawyers serve public and private participants in the construction industry, including owners and developers, architects and engineers, general contractors, trade and subcontractors, and material suppliers.  Specific services include contract review and drafting, training, advising clients during projects, and prosecuting and defending a broad range of construction claims.  Our lawyers leverage extensive litigation and arbitration experience to advance three broad service goals:

  • Risk Avoidance – We help project participants avoid construction claims risk by negotiating and documenting more favorable contract terms before projects start.  Project participants need construction counsel before signing contracts at the point in time when they have the most leverage and can allocate project risks fairly among project participants.  Industry standard form contracts protect particular constituents, and each participant needs competent construction counsel early on to identify and implement contract modifications that more fairly allocate project-related risks among the parties.
  • Risk Mitigation – We help stakeholders minimize the impact of construction-related claims by advising them at the first sign of trouble.  Our hard hat lawyers prosecute and defend construction claims regularly, and that experience leads them to advise project participants early, when they can reduce the cost or time impact of an issue on a project.  Our lawyers help project participants minimize disagreements and preserve business relationships through early intervention and collaborative conflict resolution techniques.
  • Risk Resolution – When risk avoidance and mitigation fail, our hard hat lawyers aggressively prosecute and defend claims in court and arbitration.  We use early case assessment to look for prompt, fair business resolutions and, when that fails, vigorously prosecute owners’ claims and defenses in court or arbitration.

Smith Moore Leatherwood’s hard hat lawyers deliver legal services to stakeholders in the construction industry and at a fair, predictable price.  We accomplish this using our proprietary legal project management system and a client-centered, value-based pricing structure that empowers clients to control the scope of legal services and improves the predictability of invoicing and timing of payments.



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