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Construction & Design

Taking construction projects to new heights.

We understand that construction projects require detailed plans upfront and careful oversight throughout the process to ensure positive outcomes. The construction law attorneys at Husch Blackwell provide comprehensive legal services that are essential to protect the interests of owners, developers, designers, contractors, lenders, insurers and other stakeholders.

Clients turn to us for strategic guidance in their transactional and litigation matters. We advise on contract drafting and negotiation, claims management, insurance issues and labor relations. When issues cannot be resolved, our attorneys are skilled in alternative dispute resolution and litigation.

Our guidance to clients in the construction and design sector includes:

  • Alternative project delivery methods
  • Construction defects
  • Cost overruns
  • Defective designs
  • False Claims Act
  • Federal and state government contracts
  • Inspection and observation
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Mechanic’s liens
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Payment disputes
  • Post-construction claims
  • Pre-award advice and counsel
  • Project closeout
  • Property damage
  • Public-private partnerships (P3s)
  • Small business, MBE and DBE issues
  • Teaming agreements
Case Study
Harris Park Midtown Sports & Activity Center

Our team helped bring a sports-themed development project in Kansas City's urban core to fruition.

Client Success
$2M Client Savings
Client Success
$22.5M Client Savings
Client Success
$2.9M Client Savings
Client Success
$4.5M Client Savings
Client Success
$650K Client Savings

Representative Experience

  • Aided client Milhaus in securing both a real property tax abatement and a sales tax exemption on construction materials for a $73.8 million project consisting of five buildings on 4.3 acres, the largest redevelopment plan in the East Crossroads area of Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Represented general contractor alleged by a state university to have failed to properly execute the construction of a university hospital. Plaintiff demanded $9.45 million. Our team persuaded seven subcontractors and their bonding companies to pay the majority of the funds needed for settlement. Our client was responsible for paying only a very small fraction of the settlement amount.
  • Assisted H&R Block in moving its corporate headquarters, a project involving $150 million in financing, the purchase of real estate from Kansas City, Missouri, and state and local incentives.
  • Assisted MasterCard in the development, construction and financing of a 500,000 square-foot global operations and technology center. Negotiation of a complex leasing structure designed to facilitate tax abatement assistance also was involved. The project later earned a LEED Gold rating for its sustainable practices and features.
  • Represented construction contractor who filed suit against the owner of a laundromat to collect $85,000 outstanding on a fire restoration contract. The laundromat owner countersued our contractor client, but our client won every aspect of the case, with the court granting a directed verdict on the slander of title claim in favor of the contractor, and the jury awarding our client the full amount due under the restoration contract, plus $30,000 in punitive damages.
  • Represented subcontractor who was unpaid for construction services on a computer chip manufacturing plant expansion project. No contract had been signed, although multiple contracts had been proposed. Jury awarded full damages of $6.2 million to our client.
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Testimonials Dan Fitzgerald, CEO, Horizon Construction Group

"Husch Blackwell has helped us grow by providing excellent services in every area from entitlements, financing, acquisitions, contract drafting and dispute resolution. Their Construction & Design group has a depth of industry knowledge that gives us the confidence we need to pursue any opportunity in any state.”

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Testimonials General Counsel, International Engineering Firm

“Husch Blackwell has expertise and depth in general areas of law important to our company, and [we] are impressed with their personal attention to our needs.”

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Testimonials Tim Fowler, Director, Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District

“It’s been a true blessing to have the capabilities of Husch Blackwell in times when we’ve really needed it… I can’t tell you how much I’ve appreciated that because I have seen the fruits of the labor. One of the best things I think we’ve ever done on this board was bring in the Husch team.”

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Testimonials Charles Desmeules, Director—Legal Affairs, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

“Thanks for Husch Blackwell’s help and great work on Phoebe Solar. Innergex would not have been able to do this complex project without you. We greatly appreciated your expertise on construction and real estate matters.”

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