Real Estate and Construction Litigation

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Miller Canfield’s construction litigators have decades of dispute resolution experience. Whether your dispute is in state or federal court or before an arbitrator, our attorneys have handled the most complex disputes involving claims relating to scope changes and additions, differing conditions, design and construction defects, delays and impacts, acceleration, interference, trade stacking, and contract termination.

We represent clients in all aspects of the construction industry, including:

  • Private owners
  • General contractors
  • Construction managers and trades
  • Public entities, including universities
  • Public utilities

We have represented national general contractors and construction managers in resolving claims a wide variety of projects, hospitals, power plants, high rise office and hotel towers, and sports venues, including an MLB ballpark and indoor NFL stadium.

Our areas of expertise include payment and performance bonding, sureties and insurance coverage issues.  We also have experience relating to construction loan defaults, receiverships, and construction lien enforcement and defense.  

We are able to effectively manage and work with the consultants often required in support of construction claims, including schedulers, construction costs accounts, engineers and architects.  We understand the risks and rewards of various litigation strategies, allowing us to be the best counselors about when to fight and when not to.  We are also highly experienced in negotiation of settlements and effective use of mediation procedures to resolve claims.

Miller Canfield also has one of the nation’s most highly rated International Dispute Resolution Section, with vast experience resolving international construction disputes. As with many industries in the globalized economy, the construction industry is no longer constrained by national borders. When disputes arise on an international project, you need a law firm that knows the process before it begins. Our lawyers include the International Construction Arbitration Handbook, which has received uniformly positive reviews from experienced arbitration practitioners.