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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
Articles | December 31, 2019
Cannabis Concerns? Employer Strategies for Maintaining a Safe Workplace

Employers should evaluate and revise their drug policies to comply with the law and protect the health and safety of their workplace.

Articles | October 4, 2019
Schemes, Scams & Occupational Fraud
Articles | January 17, 2019
Licensed Architect: Do the "Write" Thing

Josh Levy offers some perspective on contracts--and how they should be viewed during performance of a project--for licensed architects to consider.

White Papers | November 14, 2018
The Fiction of the One-Year Warranty

Lawyers often have to correct common misunderstandings clients have regarding certain legal principles, such as the ability to recover attorney’s fees in litigation and what may be covered by their insurance policies.

Articles | October 26, 2018
Construction Executive: The Fiction of the One-year Warranty

Joshua Levy writes about a common misconception in construction law: that exposure to claims ends after the expiration of a one-year warranty.

White Papers | August 16, 2018
When & How to Use Digital Signatures in Construction

An electronic signature, or e-signature, is simply data in electronic form used by a signatory to indicate assent on an electronic document.

White Papers | July 26, 2018
CRE Investors Seeking Security Through JVs
Articles | April 17, 2018
Construction Today: Shop Drawings and Submittals 101

Ken Slavens explores contractor liability associated with the submittal process for shop drawings and similar materials.

Seminars | March 11, 2020
Construction Academy 2020 - Milwaukee
Seminars | May 2, 2019
Construction Academy 2019 - Denver
Seminars | April 18, 2019
Construction Academy 2019 - Omaha
Seminars | April 4, 2019
Construction Academy 2019 - Dallas
Seminars | March 7, 2019
Milwaukee Construction Academy 2019
Seminars | April 12, 2018
Dallas Construction Academy 2018
Seminars | March 14, 2018
Denver Construction Academy 2018
Seminars | March 1, 2018
Milwaukee Construction Academy 2018
Speaking Engagements | April 25, 2017
Speaker, L&L Palatine: Getting Paid Without Being Sued
News Releases | March 31, 2020
Missouri Lawyers Weekly Chooses Two Husch Blackwell Litigators for 2020 Women's Justice Awards

Jones and Robinson are members of the firm’s Real Estate, Development & Construction industry group and Construction Litigation practice team.

News Releases | November 5, 2019
Michael Kelly Joins Husch Blackwell in Kansas City
News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | July 22, 2019
Husch Blackwell Launches Construction Academy

The Academy aims to include diverse voices and stakeholders including business leaders from the construction, design, engineering, development and project funding fields, as well as trade associations, universities, and policymakers.

News Releases | June 17, 2019
Husch Blackwell Named Among Top 50 Construction Law Firms by Construction Executive Magazine

The firm tied for 12th by headcount of dedicated construction lawyers.

News Releases | May 21, 2019
Brent Meyer Named to Fellowship in Construction Lawyers Society of America

Meyer joins three other Husch Blackwell attorneys as CLSA Fellows.

News Releases | December 10, 2018
Husch Blackwell Elects 25 to Partnership
News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | June 26, 2018
Levy, Meier Named to Fellowship in Construction Lawyers Society of America

Joshua Levy and Eric Meier join the invitation-only construction lawyer honorary society.

Media Mentions | April 20, 2018
ESPN Radio: Wisconsin Sports Awards Weekly - Eric Meier (AUDIO)

Eric Meier of Husch Blackwell joins Lance Davis to discuss Husch Blackwell and some of his favorite moments from attending the biggest night in Wisconsin sports.

Media Mentions | April 13, 2018
Bloomberg Labor & Employment: Inviting Private Sector to Build Roads Raises Wage Questions (log-in required)

Hal Perloff comments on the Trump administration’s infrastructure plan and the Davis-Bacon Act.

Media Mentions | January 24, 2018
The Dispute Resolver: Midwinter Meeting - D1 Breakfast Program

Joshua Levy participates in a panel that offers best practices for handling expert witnesses in construction disputes.

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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Client Results

Midwest university builds major new facilities with help of P3.

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