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Construction Law

Spencer Fane Real Estate attorneys advise owners, contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals on legal matters that arise during all phases of construction — from inception to completion — helping them to complete well-thought-out and organized projects that remain on budget and on schedule.

Our full-service firm offers experience with any situation clients in the construction industry may encounter, and we can involve colleagues from practices including Labor and Employment, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Business Transactions, and Tax Credit Finance and Opportunity Zones when needed. Our extensive labor and compliance work encompasses representing clients before all levels of state and federal agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, and defending businesses in matters involving the Fair Labor Standards Act and other collective actions.

We help clients identify and mitigate risk in their projects. When unavoidable issues do come up, however, we strongly advocate for our clients in or out of court. Our experience in litigation and alternative dispute resolution methods like negotiation, arbitration, and mediation allows us to find the best solution to a client’s most challenging situations. We regularly litigate claims involving construction defects, surety bond claims, mechanic liens, design professionals, bid protests, change orders, insurance coverage, prompt pay claims, delay and disruption claims, and warranty claims.

Our team handles a broad range of issues involved in construction projects, including contract procurement and delivery, drafting and negotiating design and construction contracts, and construction financing, where we offer both legal advice and connections to financial institutions and other entities that can assist in funding a project. Our attorneys are well-versed in traditional financing as well as public-private partnerships and a wide array of tax incentives.

Our attorneys have worked on all types of construction projects, including retail, shopping centers, multifamily housing complexes, office buildings, K-12 and higher education projects, health care facilities, factories, warehouses, condominiums, infrastructure, and government projects.