Construction Industry Attorneys

In the construction industry, conflict is inevitable due to the complexities of today's projects, both public and private. Conflicts can result from any number of factors, including problems with materials, delivery delays, cost overruns, design flaws, inefficiencies of other contractors, or budget disputes. The Construction Law Group at Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote has represented owners, contractors, vendors, subcontractors and sureties throughout the country. Because we understand the challenges our clients face, we can provide enormous value in the areas of project analysis and legal strategy.

Construction Industry Contract Preparation and Review

Language in contract documents can be the most critical factor in a construction law dispute. Signing a contract without fully reviewing and understanding its legal implications can leave parties little bargaining room. The Construction Law Group carefully reviews contract documents to make sure that our clients know the risks, up front. We develop and update contracts, purchase orders and other documents to limit liability and offer recourse in the event of a future dispute.

Claims Disputes and Litigation

Serious construction disputes require immediate attention to meet statutes of limitations or contract requirements, such as advance notice of intent to halt the project or terminate a contract. The Construction Law Group works daily with standard agreement forms such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) family of documents, PennDOT specifications, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs) and Housing and Urban Development General Conditions. Because of our extensive litigation experience we have the ability to advise clients quickly and efficiently when questions arise regarding their obligations under these contracts.

In the event of a dispute, our attorneys will strongly represent our clients in a variety of venues, including matters in arbitration, mediation, the Board of Claims, and claims in the state and federal courts. Though we seek to minimize costs, we will not hesitate to bring a matter to litigation if aggressive action offers the greatest chance of ultimate success.

Surety Matters

The Construction Law Group has represented principals, claimants, obligees and indemnitors in surety matters, including performance bond, payment bond and maintenance bond disputes.

Bid Protest Resolution

Bid protests on public projects are highly controlled matters, typically regulated by a state's Procurement Act. In the event a bid protest is justified, rapid action must be taken. The Construction Law Group works closely with contractors and subcontractors to swiftly and accurately prepare a bid protest to preserve our clients' right to do the work.

WBE/MBE Compliance

The Construction Law Group has helped numerous contractors, subcontractors and suppliers comply with government requirements for Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) participation. Arriving at arrangements that meet the percentage goals for public projects requires careful planning, documentation, and investigation. We concentrate in making sure that WBE/MBE requirements are properly satisfied from a project's inception to completion, which helps prevent conflicts and disputes with government entities later on.

For further information on the capabilities of the Construction Law Group, contact William D. Clifford at 412-392-5411 or via e-mail at , or W. Alan Torrance, Jr. at 412-392-5272 or via e-mail at .

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