Legal Matters Relating To Construction And Development Projects

All of the "moving parts" of construction and development projects involve countless and continuous challenges. Disputes are almost inevitable in large Oregon and Washington commercial and residential construction projects, where there are numerous parties and the weather is always unpredictable.

The Smith Firm provides effective and efficient legal representation to owners, developers, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers involved in construction disputes. Attorney David Smith has practiced construction law since 1996, and has a practical understanding of the construction industry, techniques and materials. He has the skills to help you through all construction litigation matters or other business problems you are facing.

Call us at 503-342-2623 to schedule a consultation about a construction law matter at our experienced firm.

Skilled Construction Dispute Attorney Serving Oregon And Southwest Washington

We recognize that construction disputes can cause significant cost increases that jeopardize profits as well as put at risk important business relationships. Therefore, our legal advice and representation protect our clients' current and long-term interests, while striving to maintain the business relationships that are necessary in construction projects.

When a firm encounters a legal challenge that needs to be resolved quickly and affordably, the firm should hire a diligent, competent and experienced construction law lawyer who will work around the clock, when necessary, to protect its interests.

Our firm has many years of experience handling a wide range of construction-related disputes, including:

  • Construction liens and bond disputes/bond litigation
  • Land and property acquisition disputes
  • Contract and specification scope disputes
  • Change order, delay and disruption claims
  • Discrepancies and interpretations of poorly drafted construction documents (plans — specifications — scope of work)
  • Payment and collections issues
  • Defective and nonconforming work claims
  • Surety matters
  • Bid protests and public contract disputes and negotiation
  • Construction claims
  • Breach of contract claims
  • Construction Contractors Board (CCB) claims
  • Design professional claims

Effective Means To Dispute Resolution

While construction disputes are common, not all disputes must end in lawsuits. We focus on resolving construction disputes in the most timely and cost-effective manner possible. The Smith Firm has handled hundreds of construction disputes involving issues ranging from collection and nonpayment claims to inefficiency and delay claims, and breaches of contracts.

We handle smaller cases as well as million-dollar-plus claims in state and federal courts for construction projects ranging from single-family homes to large, multiunit buildings. Since lawsuits can quickly diminish profits, we focus on resolving construction disputes quickly through mediation and arbitration. But when needed, we have the tenacity, training and experience to effectively handle trial court litigation in state and federal courts. We can effectively evaluate insurance policies to determine if an insurance company should be involved in the resolution of a dispute.

The Smith Firm also handles business disputes that arise between members of limited liability companies, corporations, partnerships and joint ventures. We also have experience managing corporate and partnership dissolutions at the end of construction projects or in relation to closing out troubled construction projects.

Contact A Contract Dispute Attorney

For help from an experienced construction law attorney, please call 503-342-2623 or contact us online. We have offices in West Linn and Portland.