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Overview

Our construction group provides legal services on all aspects of construction, including pre-bid considerations; contract drafting and letting; construction administration; liens; bonds; insurance; and dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, settlement, and trial. We have experience in projects such as office buildings, condominiums, water treatment plants, power plants, airports, schools, highways, subdivisions, solid waste disposal plants, residential or apartment developments, process plants, arenas, stadiums, convention centers, hotels, and other special-use facilities. Lawyers within the group focus on areas such as delay claim analysis, construction defects, differing site conditions, and design professional liability. Every day, we work closely with design professionals, forensic and accounting experts, engineers, and our clients to achieve the best possible outcomes in all phases of the construction process.

We seek to help our clients avoid disputes, but when claims arise, we focus on achieving the most effective, efficient resolutions. At every stage of the litigation or dispute resolution process, we prosecute or defend claims vigorously. Our group has extensive mediation and arbitration experience, as well as experience managing and litigating major construction cases in the judicial setting at both the trial and appellate levels.

Representative Clients 

  • Public and private developers and owners 
  • General contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers 
  • Homebuilders 
  • Design professionals 
  • Condominium associations 
  • Sureties 
  • Insurers and insureds (in the defense of construction risk claims


Industry Leadership

Our attorneys regularly lecture and write on topical construction law issues. They are leaders and active members in many construction-related professional associations, including:

  • The American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry
  • The American College of Construction Lawyers
  • The American Bar Association’s Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • Surety Claims Institute
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Construction Financial Management Association
  • Local bar association construction law committees
  • Several of our attorneys are members of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.


Recognition

All Insights

Supreme Court of Florida Upholds the <i>Frye</i> Standard

Supreme Court of Florida Upholds the Frye Standard

November 13, 2018

On October 15, 2018, in the matter of Richard Delisle vs. Crane Co., et al. , the Supreme Court of Florida unequivocally reaffirmed that Frye remains the standard for the admission of expert testimony. This reaffirmation comes after the Florida Legislature amended section 90.702 to incorporate the Daubert standard into the Florida Rules of Evidence in 2013.

Fourth DCA Rules Chapter 558 Notice of Defect Can Constitute Commencement of Action Giving Plaintiffs More Time to File Suit

Fourth DCA Rules Chapter 558 Notice of Defect Can Constitute Commencement of Action Giving Plaintiffs More Time to File Suit

September 19, 2018

On September 12, the Fourth District Court of Appeals ruled that a Chapter 558 notice of defect can be considered the “commencement” of a construction defect action.

2018 Florida Legislature Amends Construction Statute of Limitations and Repose

2018 Florida Legislature Amends Construction Statute of Limitations and Repose

April 20, 2018

The amendments include a provision addressing completion of the contract and final performance, and a provision extending the statute of repose in certain circumstances.

Notice of a Claim Pursuant to Florida’s Pre-Suit Notice of Construction Defect Statute, Chapter 558, May Trigger an Insurer’s Duty to Defend

Notice of a Claim Pursuant to Florida’s Pre-Suit Notice of Construction Defect Statute, Chapter 558, May Trigger an Insurer’s Duty to Defend

April 9, 2018

Commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policies are necessary for construction projects of all types. Contractors and insurers often have different views on what exactly triggers an insurer’s duty to defend.

Tariff on Imported Steel Will Mean Increased Construction Costs

Tariff on Imported Steel Will Mean Increased Construction Costs

March 20, 2018

Tips for protecting against the impacts of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports

Florida Supreme Court Answers Certified Question in Altman v. Crum

Florida Supreme Court Answers Certified Question in Altman v. Crum

March 1, 2018

Is the notice-and-repair process set forth in Chapter 558, Florida Statutes, a “suit” within the meaning of the CGL policies issued by Crum & Forster to Altman Contractors?

An Environmental Law Strategy is Key to Getting Major Infrastructure Projects Approved

An Environmental Law Strategy is Key to Getting Major Infrastructure Projects Approved

September 29, 2017

Infrastructure project developers need to build their permitting strategy around obtaining environmental approvals.

California Vacation Vesting Ruling Highlights Importance of Clear Policy Language

California Vacation Vesting Ruling Highlights Importance of Clear Policy Language

August 1, 2017

In Minnick v. Automotive Creations, Inc., the court reaffirmed an employer’s right to have a policy whereby a worker’s entitlement to vacation pay does not vest until after their first anniversary of employment.

Unanimous California Supreme Court Gives Green Light to Plaintiffs to Discover Employee Contact Information

Unanimous California Supreme Court Gives Green Light to Plaintiffs to Discover Employee Contact Information

July 13, 2017

In a big blow to employers, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that plaintiffs and their lawyers must be given access to companywide employee contact information—including addresses and phone numbers—at the onset of a lawsuit and without first establishing a prima facie showing their case has merit.

3 Things Contractors Should Do Now to Ensure “Buy American” Compliance in the Wake of Trump’s Executive Order

3 Things Contractors Should Do Now to Ensure “Buy American” Compliance in the Wake of Trump’s Executive Order

April 21, 2017

"Buy American, Hire American" is no longer just a campaign slogan. It is the subject of an Executive Order signed by President Trump on April 19. The order details the Trump administration’s policy of ensuring compliance with existing domestic preference requirements.

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Peter J. Winders

Peter J. Winders

Shareholder and General Counsel

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