Locke Lord's experienced construction lawyers have a global perspective on construction and project development. We are partners in building winning projects around the world, ranging from refineries and power plants to highways and hotels. We add value through all phases of development and construction and even after projects are completed, working closely with owners, architects, engineers, design-builders, contractors and subcontractors to manage risks and prevent them from becoming losses. We can assist clients in resolving claims and disputes at the early stages, consistent with the client’s needs and demands, and when necessary, we are equipped with skilled advocates to resolve claims through arbitration or trial and appeal.
We know that the number one goal for our clients is a successful project, developed on time and at the right price. Our lawyers have many years of experience in providing creative counsel for innovative, yet bottom-line focused construction projects. We also are experienced at handling construction disputes and lawsuits, and we have a long history representing the major players in construction projects of all sizes across the country and around the world. Our construction team is founded on a "whole project" approach that seamlessly integrates our skilled lawyers with all steps of the project development and construction process.
Senior lawyers in the construction practice have experience spanning generations, and they are committed to developing the skills and experience of the section's younger lawyers. Because of this, Locke Lord's construction team can offer the right level of experience for our clients' projects at each stage of development. We are well-represented in industry organizations throughout the nation. The Firm has been ranked as a Metropolitan Tier 1 firm in Litigation - Construction by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®.
Traditional construction law is our forte and the foundation of Locke Lord's construction practice area. We understand the basic issues facing development of commercial and industrial properties – from identifying, financing and acquiring properties, material and equipment, to permitting, zoning and contract claims, bid protests and other procurement matters, through the design and construction of traditional commercial and industrial facilities. Our construction lawyers work hand-in-hand with fellow Locke Lord lawyers who focus on government relations, corporate, real estate, transportation, environmental and international issues, eminent domain issues, insurance, intellectual property and labor relations, adding tremendous value to construction clients and their projects.
On the "owner side," our construction and project development clients range from traditional real estate developers, to energy-related businesses, to computer and software companies. On the "contractor side," Locke Lord represents clients from the largest design-build engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors through specialized contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers.
Our results-oriented focus is to quickly identify and solve legal issues to keep projects on track. Risks are part of every construction project and begin with the earliest design activity, increase during construction, and can continue for years after a project's completion. We help manage risk by drafting and negotiating contracts and conditions with special emphasis on insurance requirements and risk-shifting provisions. We advise on potential problems with mechanics liens, bond and surety claims and construction disputes. Custom agreements with insurance requirements, indemnification provisions and damage-limitation clauses are prepared to protect clients from risks unique to each project.
Whether we are representing a project owner, design professional, contractor or subcontractor, Locke Lord's clients benefit from our many years of courtroom and arbitration experience in construction disputes. The Firm has handled matters arising at every stage of the construction process, from commitments at the inception of a project's planning, core construction law claims, claims for quantum meruit and extra work, acceleration claims, warranty claims, and a host of issues arising from contractor termination and insolvency.
We also represent our clients in all types of alternative dispute resolution processes, and can provide access to a network of highly capable experts and consultants to assist in the analysis, development and pursuit or defense of any of these claims. The Firm's work in the energy industry has included cogeneration and power plants and large projects involved in the production, processing and distribution phases of the industry, both onshore and offshore.
From routine lien filings and small collection matters to multimillion-dollar claims and disputes, we help clients resolve economic losses and claims favorably and quickly.
In September 2012, a team of our Real Estate and Litigation lawyers in Boston and Providence secured a judgment ordering a real estate developer to tear down a $2 million waterfront home constructed entirely on an abutting public park in Narragansett, Rhode Island owned by our client, a charitable foundation.
In June 2012, Edwards Wildman lawyers in Providence successfully secured the dismissal of our client from a mechanic's lien action just before an upcoming trial in Rhode Island Superior Court.