1 THE HARMONIE GROUP CONSTRUCTION LAW & DEFECTS ATTORNEYS IN SELECT STATES SERVING OWNERS, DEVELOPERS, CONTRACTORS, SUBCONTRACTORS, ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS, MATERIAL SUPPLIERS, INSURERS, BOND AND SURETY PROVIDERS THIS CONSTANTLY CHANGING AND HIGHLY TECHNICAL AREA OF THE LAW POSES SUBSTANTIAL RISK TO PROFESSIONALS IN BOTH THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTORS. THESE HIGH STAKES CASES REQUIRE QUALIFIED REPRESENTATION. Tim Violet, Executive Director AVAILABLE IN BOTH PRINTED AND ELECTRONIC FORMAT PLEASE CONTACT US SHOULD YOU NEED ADDITIONAL COPIES DECEMBER 2004
2 ALABAMA William C. Wood Norman, Wood, Kendrick & Turner Financial Center, Suite th Street, North Birmingham, Alabama Norman, Wood, Kendrick & Turner attorneys have represented contractors, sureties design professionals, and material suppliers in construction matters for many years. Mr. Wood's undergraduate degree is in electrical engineering. He has been licensed as a master electrician, and he has worked for electrical, mechanical, and general contractors. ALASKA Michael C. Geraghty DeLisio Moran Geraghty & Zobel, P.C. 943 W. Sixth Avenue Anchorage AK Fax: Fax: (907) Mr. Geraghty has over twenty-five years of experience in handling complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on construction related matters. He represents a number of diverse clients, including architects/engineers and construction companies throughout Alaska, including a number of oil field contractors currently operating at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. He has tried cases in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Barrow and Dillingham. He is a member of the ABA s Forum Committee on Construction and lectures frequently on construction related matters. Clients include Shannon & Wilson, Inc., GHEMM Company, Inc., ASCG Incorporated, ASRC Energy Services, and AHTNA Government Services Corporation. ARIZONA Kerry M. Griggs (602) THE CAVANAGH LAW FIRM, PA 1850 N. Central Avenue Suite 2400 Phoenix, AZ (602) Fax
3 ARKANSAS Jack Cherry Bill Edwards Barber, McCaskill, Jones, and Hale PA 2700 Regions Center Little Rock, AR Fax: CALIFORNIA Gregory Brown, Scott Finch, Steven Marden, Lisa Cappelluti, Ray Greene, Richard Finn, James Blake, Gregory McCormick, Jeffrey Townsend, Jennifer Thomas, Allyson Cook and David Levy Burnham Brown 1901 Harrison, 11 th Floor Oakland, CA (510) Burnham Brown offers one of the leading Construction Practice Groups in Northern California. For over 25 years we have provided legal services to the Construction Industry in all aspects of Construction Law including business transactions, construction management, project development and litigation. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we assess each assignment in conjunction with our client s objectives to ensure the matter is properly staffed with our most experienced attorneys. We also utilize the experience of our Environmental Practice Group and Toxic Tort Practice Group when environmental or toxic claims are joined with construction claims: which is a new trend in Construction Litigation. Our Construction Practice Group has significant trial experience in both Federal and State Actions in addition to experience as coordinating counsel in many complex litigation cases. Our specific areas of expertise include: Breach of Contract Claims, Construction Delay Claims, Construction Site Injury Claims, Construction Defect Claims, Construction Insurance Coverage, Design Professional Representation, Mold and Toxic Exposure Claims, Proposition 65 Claims, Real Estate Disclosure Claims, Product Liability Claims and Unfair Business Practice Claims. Our representative clients include: CNA Insurance Companies, Lincoln General Insurance Companies, St. Paul Travelers Insurance Companies, Lincoln General Insurance Companies, Zurich North America Insurance Company, Benjamin Moore Paints, Inc., Home Depot, Inc. Milgard Manufacturing, Inc., Da Silva Gates, Comfort Systems, Inc. and many Northern California developers, property owners, general contractors, subcontracts and product suppliers.
4 CALIFORNIA (Continued) Fredric Trester, Al De La Cruz, Larry Esten, Tom Gill, Kathy Hunt, Brian Moss, John Marino, Jeffrey Lenkov, Marguerite Lieu, William Webb, Owen Girard, Robert Zelms, Steven Taylor, Michael Smith, David Peck, Kristen Omura, Trevor Merkis, Kevin Louth, Rinat Klier-Erlich, Suzie Irwin, Sylvia Havens, Richard Hatem, David Gorney, Jonathan Cole, Kevin Barry, Ronald Bae Manning & Marder, Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez LLP 660 South Figueroa Street, 23rd Floor Los Angeles, CA Tel: (213) Fax: (213) Throughout the past several years, the costs of defending construction defect cases have skyrocketed. To combat this trend, Manning & Marder has developed an aggressive approach to controlling litigation expenses. First, the firm ensures cost-effectiveness by making early tenders in order to secure defense contribution by multiple carriers. In addition to decreasing overall expenses, early carrier participation allows for greater flexibility in making nominal settlement offers near the start of the litigation process. Secondly, Manning & Marder carefully evaluates the use of experts on a case-by-case basis. While experts are helpful, they are certainly not necessary in every case. Finally, rather than acting as passive observers in protracted litigation, the firm actively and aggressively pursues early dismissals whenever and wherever possible. The firm s philosophy allows it to minimize defense costs without sacrificing positive results. The members of Manning & Marder s construction law team have successfully developed this approach in their years of representing general contractors, developers, subcontractors, design professionals and material suppliers in a variety of cases involving both commercial and residential construction projects. In addition to defending standard construction defect cases, the attorneys have handled numerous high exposure cases involving soil subsidence, slope failures, and mold infestation. Manning & Marder also has experience litigating cases regarding delay claims, contract disputes and construction accidents. Moreover, its attorneys have counseled construction companies regarding a variety of transactional matters, including real estate acquisitions and contract drafting. The firm believes that successful loss prevention begins with proper training in risk management methods. However, sometimes no amount of preparation can prevent a lawsuit. In those circumstances, the firm can provide a costeffective and aggressive defense to the claim. Representative clients include Allstate, Arbib Construction, Barrett Consulting Group, Broadspire c/o Cunningham Lindsey Morden Claims, Brownyard Claims Management, Inc., Cambridge Integrated Services, Camp Dresser & McKee, Inc., Chubb Executive Risk Specialty Insurance Co., Chubb Services Corporation, City of Coronado, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, Cunningham Lindsey Claims Management, Inc., DPIC, Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, First Specialty Insurance Co., Homestead Insurance Company, Interstate Insurance Group, ITT Specialty Risk Services, Inc., Kemper Risk Management, Knotts Berry Farm, Kohl's Corporation, Liberty Mutual, Lizardi & Associates, Montgomery Watson, NBS Lowry, Panda Restaurant Group, Inc., Precision Risk Management, Inc., RadioShack Corporation, Resure, Inc., Risk Administration & Management Company, Royal & SunAlliance, Salvation Army, SGPA Architecture & Planning, Special-T-Lighting, Voit Development, Inc., Ward North America, Weitz Company Inc. and Zurich US Specialties.
5 CALIFORNIA (Continued) Floyd J. Siegal Spile & Siegal, LLP Ventura Boulevard Suite 610 Encino, CA Fax: COLORADO John E. Clough Larry S. McClung Cooper & Clough PC 1512 Larimer St. Suite 600 Denver, Colorado Fax: Members of Cooper & Clough have represented parties and insureds in the defense of construction cases of all kinds, from road construction to residential construction for many years. Some representative clients are; Lafarge Corp., PBS&J, Kershaw Construction Co., Flattop Steel Piering, Navigator Insurance Company, United Coatings, ASCG, Sand Companies, Inc., among others.
6 CONNECTICUT Charles A. Deluca Robert C. E. Laney Michael T. Ryan R. Kelley Franco Ryan, Ryan, Johnson & Deluca, LLP 80 Fourth Street, P.O. Box 3057 Stamford, CT Fax: (203) Ryan, Ryan, Johnson & Deluca has substantial experience defending suits brought against contractors, subcontractors, insurers and owners, for construction-related accidents, including wrongful death and catastrophic injuries. Most recently, the firm obtained summary judgment in favor of a local contractor in a wrongful death action arising out of the death of two workers in a confined space as a result of numerous OSHA violations. The firm has also handled numerous subrogations, property damage and coverage matters arising out of construction disputes. In addition, the firm has extensive surety experience, including payment and performance bond claims. Representative clients in this area include AIG, St. Paul Travelers, Chubb, Colonial Surety Company and the A. Pappajohn Construction Company. DELAWARE Robert J. Katzenstein Cell Laurence V. Cronin Cell Smith, Katzenstein & Furlow LLP 800 Delaware Avenue P.O. Box 410 Wilmington, DE Fax:
7 FLORIDA John E. Fisher James M. Talley Jon C. Hollingshead Emery H. Rosenbluth Francis X. Rapprich, III North Orange Avenue, Suite 1500 Orlando, FL Fax: (407) The firm s construction clients are as diverse as the industry. The firm represents multinational construction firms, sureties, as well as small family businesses and individual contractors. The clients projects range from traditional construction to design/build and fast track projects. The lawyers in the firm s construction practice group come from a variety of professional backgrounds, and all are devoted to quality representation of the client. Their expertise includes construction lien cases, construction defects litigation, contract disputes, delay claims, architect and engineer professional liability claims and surety bond claims. Litigation, mediation, arbitration and pre-suit negotiations are all utilized in an effort to provide the firm s clients the most cost-effective means of solving their problems. Our attorneys strive to minimize the client s fees while achieving the most positive results. They also counsel their clients on matters of risk management. The firm s construction lawyers are skilled in negotiating contracts, providing day-to-day legal advice, and litigating all types of disputes within the industry, including water intrusion, indoor air quality, structural problems, bid disputes, non-payment and economic damages disputes. The firm has contacts with well respected experts and consultants in all fields relating to construction. D. David Keller (954) Bunnell, Woulfe, Kirschbaum, Keller, McIntyre & Gregoire, P.A. One Financial Plaza, 9th Floor 100 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 900 Fort Lauderdale, FL Fax: (954)
8 FLORIDA (Continued) Mary K. Simpson (850) Thomas J. Guilday (850) Huey, Guilday, Tucker, Schwartz & Williams, P.A Centre Pointe Boulevard Suite 200, P. O. Box Tallahassee, Florida Fax: (850) GEORGIA Randy Moody Drew, Eckl & Farnham 880 West Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA Fax: Drew, Eckl & Farnham, LLP has extensive experience representing owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and their insurers in a wide variety of construction defect litigation. The firm also has represented manufacturers of building materials in related actions and has been involved in the defense of individual and class action litigation relating to construction products including siding and synthetic stucco. HAWAII Paul Yamamura Yamamura & Shimazu Central Pacific Plaza Suite S. King Street Honolulu, HI Fax: The members of Yamamura & Shimazu construction related claims for over 20 years. Claims have included E and O exposure for design professionals as well as construction defect cases involving several general contractors. Other matters have also involved construction management as well as delay damage claims.
9 IDAHO Don Farley (208) Richard E. Hall (208) Phillip S. Oberrecht (208) Hall, Farley, Oberrecht & Blanton, P.A.702 West Idaho, Suite 700 Key Financial Center P.O. Box 1271 Boise, ID Hall Farley Oberrecht & Blanton represents several construction companies, insurers and sureties in construction related matters. Our experience is as broad as the area of law implies. We represent small and large construction firms in the business and labor matters. We have experience negotiating with trade unions on behalf of construction companies. We have appeared before the NLRB. We have assisted with formation and governance matters for construction companies. We represent contractors in all manner of claims for and against them involving large and small developments, buildings, bridges, highways and water treatment facilities. We have defended false claims act lawsuits and prosecutions. We have prosecuted and defended Miller Act claims. We defend construction defect claims and represent insurers providing coverage to contractors and construction companies. Representative clients include Hansen Rice Company, Turn-Key Construction, Lockheed Martin, Consolidated Concrete, SME Steel, and several insurers to the industry. Phillip S. Oberrecht chairs our construction industry practice group. ILLINOIS Robert Varney Sanchez & Daniels/ Robert T. Varney & Associates 121 North Main St, Bloomington, IL / Fax: 309/ Sanchez & Daniels/ Robert T. Varney & Associates have represented Owners, General Contractors and Subcontractors in lawsuits concerning construction sites from residential to skyscrapers. They provide prompt and complete analysis of contractual and insurance coverage issues at the outset of all construction cases. Clients include General Mills, Zurich North America, Ace Hardware, CMI Mechanical Contractors, Champion Enterprises, PAK Homebuilders, and Liberty Mutual. Jury verdict wins include Bohne v. General Mills, tried in the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL, Robert Varney successfully represented General Mills (Owner) in settling Plaintiff s Wrongful Death Action and recovered all settled proceeds, attorney s fees and costs in a Contribution Action tried to verdict against the construction manager.
10 ILLINOIS (Continued) Jack Daniels Sanchez & Daniels 333 West Wacker Drive Suite 500 Chicago, IL Gary E. Snodgrass William S. Thomas Rabbitt, Pitzer & Snodgrass, P.C. 100 South Fourth Street St. Louis, Missouri Fax: Rabbitt, Pitzer & Snodgrass has several principals and associates who practice in the area of construction law and construction defects. We represent architects, engineers, surveyors, owners, contractors and subcontractors on a wide variety of construction related issues, including construction defect cases. Mr. Snodgrass has several years of litigation experience in a full range of construction and design related professional liability matters for owners, contractors, architects, engineers, and others professionals. Mr. Snodgrass has tried several cases in federal court, state court in Missouri and state court in Illinois involving large claims for bodily injury and property damage as well as delay and acceleration claims for economic loss on construction projects. These cases have involved the analysis of contracts, drawings, specifications and other contract documents and Mr. Snodgrass is conversant with engineering, architectural, surveying and other construction issues. Mr. Thomas is one of the firm s trial lawyers responsible for handling complex commercial cases primarily representing design professionals. Mr. Thomas has tried and resolved favorably, numerous cases for design professionals in Missouri and Illinois: and in both State and Federal Courts. He has extensive experience working with engineers and architects, and therefore is conversant in design issues and able to more fully understand the case and underlying dispute. Clients include CNA Insurance, AON Technical Insurance Services, Oak River Insurance Company, XL Design Professional, formerly DPIC Insurance Company, St. Paul Travelers, Bi-State Development Agency, RA&MCO and Zurich. Jury verdict wins include Bakewell v. Clayton Engineering, Inc. August 1999 Defendant s Verdict, and Bunge Inc. v. C&I Engineering, Inc. July 2000 Motion for Summary Judgment Granted, Halmicek v. Stauder Fine & Bildner, HBD v. Colton Lester, and Bakewell Corporation v. Clayton Engineering.
11 INDIANA Steven Strawbridge Julia Blackwell Gelinas Terrance Brookie Locke Reynolds, LLP 201 N. Illinois Street P.O. Box Indianapolis, IN Fax: The Locke Reynolds Construction Group is one of the largest in the state devoted to fidelity, surety and construction law. We work with the various stakeholders to resolve legal issues before they arise through careful execution of appropriate contracts and other performance agreements. We encourage the use of mediation and arbitration to resolve disputes. If necessary, we defend and prosecute our clients claims. In addition to representing owners, architects, engineers and contractors, we represent sureties that issue a wide variety of contract bonds and fidelity bonds. We have experience in both private and public construction settings and work with a wide range of clients and projects. Several lawyers in the Locke Reynolds Construction Group have in excess of 20 years working with the construction industry. Mr. Strawbridge is General Counsel for Associated General Contractors of Indiana, American Bar Association, past Vice Chair of Fidelity & Surety Committee, International Association of Defense Counsel., past Chair of Fidelity & Surety Committee, past Chair of Construction law Committee, defense Research Institute, past Chair of Fidelity & Surety Committee. Clients include Hagerman Construction Corporation, Geupel DeMars Hagerman, Bowen Engineering Corporation, Milestone Contractors, and St. Paul/Travelers (surety). Jury verdict wins include Irman v. Milestone Contractors, Ms. Gelinas has over 25 years of experience representing contractors and sureties on a full range of construction related matters. Clients include Shook, LLC, Zurich, St. Paul/Travelers, Merchants Bonding, CNA Surety, and Capitol Indemnity. Jury verdict wins include IU v. AETNA, and Valparaiso v. NuTech and Fidelity & Deposit of Maryland. Mr. Brookie has practiced in the area of construction law for 23 years representing owners, contractors and sureties. He is involved in litigation matters, contract review and preparation, and general counsel work on behalf of contractors. Clients include Tonn & Blank Construction Company, Shelly & Sands, Inc., CNA Surety, Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland, Safeco Surety, and General Motors Corporation.
12 IOWA David H. Luginbill (515) Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. 100 Court Avenue Suite 600 Des Moines IA Fax: (515) Edward W. Remsburg is a senior litigator in the Litigation Group, with over 25 years of trial experience. He has handled construction claims ranging from single family dwellings, golf courses, schools, and commercial buildings to sports arenas, in both state and federal court, as well as arbitration. His clients have included architects, engineers, owners and contractors. Wade R. Hauser III is an attorney in the Litigation Group, with over 25 years of trial experience. He has a substantial background in products liability cases involving commercial roofing applications and has represented clients in both state and federal court. Representative clients include D.P.I.C., Tamko Roofing Products, Inc., Versico and Carlisle SynTec, Incorporated. KANSAS Barry Warren Wallace, Saunders, Austin, Brown & Enochs, Chartered West 87th Street Overland Park, KS Fax:
13 KENTUCKY John L. Tate Stites & Harbison, PLLC 1800 Aegon Center 400 West Market Street Louisville KY Tel: (502) Fax: (502) Stites & Harbison s Construction Service Group has grown to one of the largest construction law practices in the region. The firm's construction attorneys represent owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, material suppliers, insurers and sureties. The group's work in construction matters ranges from railroads, highways and airports to technology-intensive projects such as wastewater treatment plants, nuclear and fossil fuel electric generating systems, and regeneration plants. The group also provides general legal services to a number of construction industry trade organizations, including service as General Counsel to the American Institute of Steel Construction. The group s practice extends from coast to coast and includes representation of client interests overseas. Here s a partial list of representative transactional and adversarial construction engagements in which the members of the group have been involved: Atlantic Center Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia; The Catholic Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky; Delta Wing, Opryland, Nashville; Disney-MGM Studios Water Tower, Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Federal Express World Headquarters, Memphis, Tennessee; GlaxcoSmithKline, Memphis, Tennessee; Indiana-America Water Company, Jeffersonville, Indiana; James N. Gray Construction Company, Lexington, Kentucky; Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board (Blue Grass Airport) Lexington, Kentucky; Lexington-Fayette Urban County Courts Facilities, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Detention Facility; Louisville Airport Improvement Program; Louisville Slugger Museum; Mercer University Center, Macon, Georgia; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green, Kentucky; National Steel Bridge Alliance, Mississippi; Sundial Bridge, Redding, California; Waterfront Park, Louisville, Kentucky. Ninety to Ninety-five percent Stites & Harbison s construction cases are disposed by arbitration, mediation or bench trial. In light of this, the following will highlight a case where the firm s construction attorneys successfully represented a client leading to favorable outcomes. Stites & Harbison successfully defended a large condominium developer against claims of alleged negligent construction decisions and breach of fiduciary duty. The claimant was seeking a multi-million dollar compensatory award plus punitive damages, but after a hearing that lasted a week the arbitrator found for our client and awarded $0.
14 LOUISIANA F. Drake Lee, Jr. Lee H. Ayres Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway, APLC 333 Texas Street, Suite 1700 P.O. Box Shreveport, LA Tel: (318) Fax: (318) Drake Lee has been practicing law for twenty-eight years. For a number of years, a substantial part of his practice has consisted of the representation of owners, contractors, subcontractors and insurers in connection with construction related matters. These matters include negotiation of contracts (using both AIA forms and privately prepared contract documents), representation of parties in claims and disputes arising out of performance and post-completion claims relating to non-conforming or defective work and third-party claims for bodily injury and property damage. Mr. Lee s representative clients include: L.G. Barcus & Son, Inc.; McInnis Brothers Construction, Inc.; FitzGerald Contractors, Inc.; The City of Shreveport; Wadsworth Golf Construction Company; Brown Builders, Inc.; FATA Automation, Inc.; St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company and Lexington Insurance Company. All but one of Mr. Lee s construction cases have been resolved by settlement, mediation, arbitration or bench trial. In 2003, in a three-week federal jury trial, Mr. Lee was the trial team member responsible for discovery relating to, and trial presentation of, the defense of the business interruption component of an insured s claim under a builders risk policy based, in part, on delayed completion of a large hotel/casino project that was alleged to have resulted from tornado damage sustained during construction. Of the $26 million in aggregate claims they plaintiff sought, approximately $15 million related to alleged lost profits from delayed completion. Of the $3.3 million awarded by the jury for all claims, approximately $1 million represented lost business income. Lee Ayres represented a local general contractor, Homer O. Byers, until his retirement. As such, he handled several construction defect cases, as well as improper lien filings and owner/contractor disputes. He also represented Pavement Specialists, Inc. in a dispute concerning construction of a runway at the Shreveport Regional Airport. Mr. Ayres have sixteen years of experience. Lee Ayres was successful in all trials for Byers and in the trial he handled for Pavement Specialists. All other construction-related cases were resolved prior to trial. James R. Sutterfield (504) Sutterfield & Webb, L.L.C. 650 Poydras Street Suite 2715 New Orleans LA (504) Fax
15 MAINE James M. Campbell (617) Brian P. Voke (617) Congress Street, 5 th Floor Portland, ME Construction law is a significant part of the practice of Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy. The firm represents the interests of sureties in disputes relating to payment and performance bonds, contractors and subcontractors in contractual disputes regarding payment, breach of warranty, breach of contract, delay claims and mechanics liens, architects and engineers in all forms of professional liability matters, heavy equipment and scaffolding manufacturers, manufacturers, distributors and installers of building materials, contractors, subcontractors, and project owners in a wide variety of property damage and personal injury actions. Representative clients include Allianz, Patent Scaffolding Company, Altec Industries, Inc., Precise Engineering, Inc., Barnhart Crane & Rigging Co., Safway Services, Inc., Bil-Jax, Inc., Siemens Corp., Bishop Ladder Company, Inc., Simon, Calavar Corporation, Sto Corp., Caterpillar Inc., Terex Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, Terex Telelect Corporation, Genie Industries, Tesco Equipment LLC, Liberty Architectural Sales, Universal Bonding Insurance Company, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Werner Co., and Lyn-Lad Group LTD. Jury verdict wins include Bartolomeo v. Lynn Ladder & Scaffolding Co., Inc., Worcester Superior Court, Worcester, Massachusetts, Colebank v. Precise Engineering, Coos Superior Court, Lancaster, New Hampshire, Gagnon v. Crown Equipment Corporation, U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, Portland, Maine, Moore v. Genie, Middlesex Superior Court, Cambridge, Massachusetts, O'Leary v. Genie, Middlesex Superior Court, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Raymaakers v. Caterpillar, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Springfield, Massachusetts, Saracen v. Figgie International, Inc., U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, and Tansey v. Paragon Contractors, Bristol Superior Court, Taunton, Massachusetts.
16 MARYLAND Douglas G. Worral (410) Louis J. Kozlakowski (410) Howard S. Stevens (410) Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP. 100 North Charles Street, 16th Fl. Baltimore, MD Fax: (410) Wright, Constable & Skeen s Construction Law Group has represented contractors and subcontractors, owners (both public and private), sureties, architects and engineers, and other participants in the construction industry, in all matters from bidding and contract negotiation through claim prosecution and defense. The Construction Law Group enjoys a broad geographical base of construction industry clients, covering the State of Maryland and numerous other jurisdictions, representing builder/developers and contractors of all sizes ranging from small businesses to those clients with revenues exceeding hundreds of millions of dollars. Principally serving clients in Maryland, the Group is also chosen as trusted counsel in other jurisdictions for its Maryland based clients, and is often retained by companies based out of the state due to its strong knowledge and proven experience. Go to for more information on the firm as well as the individual attorneys in the Construction Law Group.
17 MASSACHUSETTS James M. Campbell (617) Brian P. Voke (617) Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy One Constitution Center Third Floor Boston, MA Tel: (617) Fax: (617) Construction law is a significant part of the practice of Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy. The firm represents the interests of sureties in disputes relating to payment and performance bonds, contractors and subcontractors in contractual disputes regarding payment, breach of warranty, breach of contract, delay claims and mechanics liens, architects and engineers in all forms of professional liability matters, heavy equipment and scaffolding manufacturers, manufacturers, distributors and installers of building materials, contractors, subcontractors, and project owners in a wide variety of property damage and personal injury actions. Representative clients include Allianz, Patent Scaffolding Company, Altec Industries, Inc., Precise Engineering, Inc., Barnhart Crane & Rigging Co., Safway Services, Inc., Bil-Jax, Inc., Siemens Corp., Bishop Ladder Company, Inc., Simon, Calavar Corporation, Sto Corp., Caterpillar Inc., Terex Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, Terex Telelect Corporation, Genie Industries, Tesco Equipment LLC, Liberty Architectural Sales, Universal Bonding Insurance Company, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Werner Co., and Lyn-Lad Group LTD. Jury verdict wins include Bartolomeo v. Lynn Ladder & Scaffolding Co., Inc., Worcester Superior Court, Worcester, Massachusetts, Colebank v. Precise Engineering, Coos Superior Court, Lancaster, New Hampshire, Gagnon v. Crown Equipment Corporation, U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, Portland, Maine, Moore v. Genie, Middlesex Superior Court, Cambridge, Massachusetts, O'Leary v. Genie, Middlesex Superior Court, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Raymaakers v. Caterpillar, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Springfield, Massachusetts, Saracen v. Figgie International, Inc., U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, and Tansey v. Paragon Contractors, Bristol Superior Court, Taunton, Massachusetts. MICHIGAN Mark Shreve West Long Lake Road Suite 300 Troy, MI FAX:
18 MINNESOTA Michael D. Hutchens (612) Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P. 33 South Sixth St., Suite 4200 Minneapolis, MN Fax: (612) Michael D. Hutchens heads Meagher & Geer s design defects and construction defects group. He regularly defends architects, engineers, general contractors and subcontractors. He has won defense verdicts in jury trials involving large complex projects such as a sports arena, a shopping center, a long-term health care facility, and a hotel. He also regularly represents general contractors in the defense of the recent onslaught of water infiltration/mold cases. In his 18 years of jury trial experience, he has tried over 80 cases to a conclusion. He holds the rank of advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates. MISSISSIPPI Arthur D. Spratlin, Jr Phil Abernethy Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC P.O. Box Jackson MS Fax: Legal issues arising in and around the construction industry have been a significant part of Butler Snow's practice for nearly forty years. Butler Snow's construction practice incorporates both a technical emphasis and substantial experience in the negotiation, arbitration and litigation of construction-related disputes throughout the Southeast. The firm s Construction group advises owners, contractors, developers, architects, engineers, lenders, sureties, suppliers, governmental agencies, manufacturers and a host of other players. Butler Snow is regularly involved with contract development, bidding procedures and protests, liens, performance and payment bonds, licensing issues, professional development and liability matters, labor disputes, regulatory compliance and environmental and zoning issues. In short, the firm provides "turn-key" representation for all your construction needs. Representative clients include: The City of Gulfport, Mississippi; TIC The Industrial Company; MISSCO, Inc.; Contractors Material Company, Inc.; NRG-LSP; Olshan Foundation Repair; Evan Johnson & Sons Construction, Inc.; Ronald Adams Contractor, Inc.; Figg Engineering, Inc.; Fire Defense Equipment, Inc.; Phylway Construction; Harrell Construction; Polk Construction; NV Gouda Vuurvast and BellSouth. Some of Butler Snow s jury verdict wins and other significant matters include: Michael Construction Co. v. Florida DOT (Circuit Ct., Leon County, FL); Ronald Adams Contractor, Inc. v. Mississippi DOT (Cir. Ct. Hinds County); Alstom Power, Inc. v. NV Gouda Vuurvast (Netherlands), Int'l Arbitration (Amsterdam); Swanson v. Ellard Homes, Inc. (Cir. Ct. Madison Co.); Utility Constructors, Inc. v. City of Vicksburg (Circuit Court Warren County).
19 MISSOURI Gary E. Snodgrass William S. Thomas Rabbitt, Pitzer & Snodgrass, P.C. 100 South Fourth Street St. Louis, Missouri Fax: Rabbitt, Pitzer & Snodgrass has several principals and associates who practice in the area of construction law and construction defects. We represent architects, engineers, surveyors, owners, contractors and subcontractors on a wide variety of construction related issues, including construction defect cases. Mr. Snodgrass has several years of litigation experience in a full range of construction and design related professional liability matters for owners, contractors, architects, engineers, and others professionals. Mr. Snodgrass has tried several cases in federal court, state court in Missouri and state court in Illinois involving large claims for bodily injury and property damage as well as delay and acceleration claims for economic loss on construction projects. These cases have involved the analysis of contracts, drawings, specifications and other contract documents and Mr. Snodgrass is conversant with engineering, architectural, surveying and other construction issues. Mr. Thomas is one of the firm s trial lawyers responsible for handling complex commercial cases primarily representing design professionals. Mr. Thomas has tried and resolved favorably, numerous cases for design professionals in Missouri and Illinois: and in both State and Federal Courts. He has extensive experience working with engineers and architects, and therefore is conversant in design issues and able to more fully understand the case and underlying dispute. Clients include CNA Insurance, AON Technical Insurance Services, Oak River Insurance Company, XL Design Professional, formerly DPIC Insurance Company, St. Paul Travelers, Bi-State Development Agency, RA&MCO and Zurich. Jury verdict wins include Bakewell v. Clayton Engineering, Inc. August 1999 Defendant s Verdict, and Bunge Inc. v. C&I Engineering, Inc. July 2000 Motion for Summary Judgment Granted, Halmicek v. Stauder Fine & Bildner, HBD v. Colton Lester, and Bakewell Corporation v. Clayton Engineering. Barry Warren Wallace, Saunders, Austin, Brown & Enochs, Chartered West 87th Street Overland Park, KS Fax:
20 MONTANA Michael J. Milodragovich Lon J. Dale G. Patrick HagEstad MILODRAGOVICH, DALE, STEINBRENNER & BINNEY P.C. 620 High Park Way P.O. Box 4947 Missoula, MT Fax: The Milodragovich, Dale Steinbrenner & Binney firm offers statewide representation to parties and sureties in the defense of construction cases of all kinds, including road construction, residential construction, construction site accidents and contract disputes. Clients have included architects, engineers, contractors, owners, developers and subcontractors. We also have experience in providing coverage opinions in these and other areas. NEBRASKA Tom Culhane Erickson & Sederstrom, P.C Regency Parkway Drive Omaha Neb Fax: Mr. Culhane has handled construction litigation throughout Nebraska for over 20 years. His caseload has included construction defect cases, professional liability cases, design and accident litigation, soil and other structural failure cases, asbestos litigation, as well as complex contract litigation. These cases have been in the commercial setting as well as standard insurance defense. Clients include Lueder Construction Co., Upland Construction Co., Prairie Construction Co., Construction Inc., Hawkins Construction, Co Peter Kewit and Sons Construction, Dave Pike Builders, Columbia Insurance Group, Cornhusker Casualty Company, Zurich Insurance, Zurich Speciality. NEVADA Jim Olson Rawlings, Olson, Cannon, Gormley & Desruisseaux, P.C West Cheyenne Avenue Las Vegas, NV Fax:
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