Project Administration & Dispute Avoidance

With one of the largest and most experienced construction law practices in the United States, Seyfarth Shaw represents clients in all phases of development, from inception to completion, both domestically and abroad.

In the early stages of that process, our construction clients tap our Project Administration & Dispute Avoidance attorneys to draft agreements using time-proven templates, obtain proper insurance, comply with zoning ordinances and avoid liens or interruptions of work. Our deep familiarity with the potential pitfalls that can occur during construction enable us to help clients avoid contractual and other issues that cause delays and disputes among parties. Our attorneys provide project-related advice during the construction process in real time with a special emphasis on limiting our clients’ exposure and avoiding costly disputes afterwards.

 In recognizing the complex interactions among construction project participants, our Project Administration & Dispute Avoidance attorneys focus on the practical day-to-day management of contract administration, both for primary and subcontractors. We routinely advise and train project personal, offering pragmatic techniques for avoiding and resolving disputes by using a combination of documentation and skillful negotiation.

Our cross-disciplinary team can tap the resources of our full-service firm and often access the knowledge of complementary practice groups such as those in our real estate group to resolve issues unique to each client. By combining forces within our firm and with our clients, we can successfully navigate a wide range of issues that include building codes, financing, taxes, land use and development, transfer of property rights and other challenges that can arise during construction and infrastructure projects. In addition, we work with our environmental attorneys to anticipate and resolve issues such as the disposal of waste, potentially hazardous building materials, and other environmental issues that construction projects routinely face.  

Our clients seek innovative solutions to today’s building needs, including new technologies like Building Information Modeling, green and cleantech building requirements, new types of project delivery vehicles or contracting tools. Our collaborative team is adept with the increased use of technology and emphasis on environmental sensitivity; and we have drafted streamlined and standard agreements that save our clients time and hassle.

In addition to helping our construction clients minimize or avoid disputes through effective project management, we are committed to streamlining costs. To do so, the Project Administration & Dispute Avoidance team has developed SeyfarthLean process maps to develop alternative fee schemes and better manage budgets and employee training.

Clients We Serve

We represent all construction industry participants, including contractors, owners, developers, architects, engineers, large subcontractors, lenders and sureties with a comprehensive range of legal solutions for construction and property development.