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The construction industry practice group at BSW represents a broad range of clientele from all facets of the construction industry in matters of contract negotiation, claims avoidance, claims preparation, construction litigation in federal and state venues, as well as mediation and arbitration.

While litigation is often the result of a construction industry claim, claims avoidance is always preferred. Thoughtful drafting of construction contract documents is most often the best way to avoid the common disputes which arise in any construction project. Nevertheless, disputes will arise. When this happens, the members of the construction industry practice group have extensive litigation experience at all levels in numerous courts of law. Additionally, our firm has had much success in alternative dispute resolution, specifically mediation and arbitration. We know that successful conclusions are at the heart of all construction projects.

Our construction industry lawyers work closely with the BSW environmental group to provide our clients with the highest quality counseling on a variety of environmental matters. With the growing complexity of environmental laws, the construction industry has become more sensitive to environmental issues, including air, water, solid and hazardous waste, super fund, non-hazardous oil field waste, underground storage tanks, wetlands, endangered species, land use and development, insurance coverage litigation, natural resources, oil pollution, coastal zone management and restoration, forestry management, aquaculture and environmental justice.

As general counsel for the American Council of Engineering Companies of Louisiana, Concrete and Aggregates Association of Louisiana, Louisiana Association of General Contractors, and the Pelican Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, BSW has also developed a unique position in the construction industry to draft, lobby or respond to the latest construction industry sponsored legislation by representing a variety of clients involved in both public and private construction projects.

The construction industry practice group understands the unique issues which face construction companies in Louisiana. Our attorneys have practiced before numerous federal, state and local courts and administrative bodies throughout the Southern United States. Lawyers within our group are licensed to practice in numerous states and have been authorized to practice on a pro hoc vice basis in many others. At BSW, we know that winning—whether through a pretrial settlement or at the trial and appellate level—is critical.

The Firm is listed in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading firm in the area of Construction. 

Background and Experience

  • Litigation Prevention
    • Contract Review
    • Contract Negotiation and Preparation
    • Construction Document Forms
    • Investigation of Construction Failures and Claims
    • Claims Avoidance Training
    • Claims Documentation Training
    • Claims Assistance
  • Litigation, Mediation and Arbitration
    • Contract Enforcement
    • Construction Delay, Disruption and Extra Work Claims
    • Public Bid Disputes
    • State and Federal Claims for Unanticipated Differing Site Conditions
    • Surety and Insurance Coverage Issues
    • Design Professionals Errors and Omissions
    • Insurance Coverage Disputes
    • Failure to Warn
    • Certification of Payment Issues
    • Construction Failure Cases
    • Indemnity Claims
    • Warranty Disputes
    • Liquidated Damage Claims

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