Construction Litigation


Conner & Winters boasts skilled construction lawyers.  We understand the complex and varied risks faced by the construction industry and provide sophisticated legal services.  We couple these abilities with efficiency in addressing the needs and meeting the goals of our construction clients.

Representing the construction industry

Conner & Winters represents general contractors, design professionals, owners, developers, engineers, subcontractors, and material suppliers.  Our representation extends to projects of all dimensions, from a single use residential project to a complex oil and gas terminal on the Baltic Sea. The firm handles multimillion dollar projects as a matter of course. Our knowledge of the construction industry combined with our representation of clients in all key roles in the industry positions our attorneys to offer comprehensive legal services.

Arbitration and mediation

Many construction disputes are resolved through alternative dispute resolution methods, such as arbitration and mediation.  Our construction attorneys routinely handle construction disputes under AAA, ICC, and other applicable rules and procedures.


Our attorneys are well equipped to handle construction-related litigation.  Litigation matters routinely handled by the firm’s construction lawyers include disputes involving:

  • Acceleration
  • Changes
  • Construction defects
  • Delay and disruption claims
  • Design defects
  • Differing site conditions
  • Labor and equipment efficiency
  • Material escalation
  • Mechanic’s and materialmen’s liens
  • Payment and performance bonds
  • Payment claims
  • Project management
  • Project overhead
  • Subcontractor claims
  • Termination for default or convenience
  • Warranty and project close-out

Project counseling

Our attorneys combine their construction knowledge and industry insights to negotiate with owners, engineers, and architects when clashes arise over construction projects.  We work with our clients in resolving issues related to substantial completion, contract termination, change orders, extra work claims, delay damages, concealed or unknown site conditions, and force majeure conditions.

Representative projects

While the firm has handled the legal aspects of a myriad of construction projects for our clients, the following representative types of projects confirm the strength and spectrum of this practice area:

  • Commercial buildings from small to large
  • Educational facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Materials processing plants
  • Native American casinos and other tribal-owned buildings
  • Nursing homes
  • Oil and gas terminals, pipelines and pump stations
  • Public/private partnership housing developments
  • State-owned lodges
  • Residential high rise buildings
  • Retail space
  • Sports arenas

Applying a multidisciplinary approach to construction law

Each construction project is unique and requires counsel with the ability to focus on the client’s specific needs. As a full-service law firm, we are able to staff projects with attorneys from a variety of our substantive practice areas as our clients’ needs require, including alternative dispute resolution, banking and finance, corporate and securities, energy, environmental, insurance, international, labor and employment, real estate and tax.


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