In addition to FMG’s 25+ years of construction law experience in successfully defending insured and self-insured construction trades and general contractors in construction defect and job site accident litigation, FMG provides guidance to its private construction clients at every stage of private or public works projects. From residential developments to power plants, office buildings, and hospitals, FMG’s attorneys have represented public and private owners, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and construction product manufacturers with respect to the myriad circumstances that can arise before, during, and after completion of a commercial or residential construction project. At each juncture of an assignment we strive to carefully define the goals of our representation, develop a realistic budget for the performance of our work, and actively communicate with our client to determine the most appropriate course of action.
FMG provides a wide variety of construction law related services that include the following:
- Analysis and drafting of contract documents involving not only traditional project delivery relationships, but also alternatives such as design-build, construction manager/multiple prime contractors, joint ventures, partnering and the continuously evolving variations fashioned by the industry to finance, design, construct, and allocate the risks inherent in construction projects.
- Counseling with respect to claims avoidance and containment procedures, risk management, insurance and bonding requirements.
- Project management assistance, including contract interpretation during performance, documentation of disputes, and informal negotiations with project management.
- Litigation before both federal and state courts and administrative agencies involving virtually every type of performance issue, including delay, impact and acceleration claims, construction defects, design errors, cost overruns, regulatory compliance, Contractors State Licensing Board issues, stop notices, performance bonds, and other surety/bonding issues.
FMG’s construction law group also has developed a streamlined practice to efficiently enforce contractors’ statutory mechanics’ lien, stop notice, and payment bond rights. We also are able to assemble a team of highly competent attorney, paralegal, consultant, and technical support to handle the most complex construction dispute in the binding arbitration and state or federal court venues. In addition to the lawyers and paralegals in our firm, our office has developed relationships with construction analysts with contracting and architectural backgrounds who are able to assist us in the evaluation of construction claims and the preparation of technical data. We have found that our combined construction law expertise and reputation have helped us to resolve disputes on every type of project with favorable outcomes for our clients.
Important Supporting Documents/Forms/Links
Mechanics’ Lien Timelines
Mechinics’ Lien Form
Mechanics’ Preliminary 20-day Notice
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
The Construction Criteria Base (CCB)
The Project Management Institute (PMI)
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE)