Advising and counseling clients through every phase of even the most complex construction matters is what differentiates the lawyers in Gould & Ratner’s Construction Practice. As a group, our lawyers possess a unique blend of negotiating and drafting acumen, technical expertise, construction industry experience, and trial and arbitration skills.
Our lawyers can provide comprehensive services in all construction-related matters, from the bidding, negotiation and drafting phase through project construction and completion. In addition, if a claim cannot be settled, our experienced trial lawyers can litigate or arbitrate the claim.
Our Clients and Experience
Gould & Ratner represents developers and owners throughout the United States in construction litigation and transactional matters involving virtually all types of projects, including high-rises, hotels, commercial office centers, retail developments, government buildings, residential communities, multifamily developments, manufacturing and industrial facilities, convention centers, retirement communities, hospital and healthcare facilities, alternative energy projects such as wind and solar farms, and data center projects, including cryptocurrency mines.
Our involvement in our clients’ construction matters begins well before ground is broken. By counseling our clients in preconstruction matters, we can help prevent problems from occurring, or minimize the consequences of any problems that can develop early in the project. Our technical knowledge and practical construction experience also enables us to provide counsel during the construction phase of projects.
We pride ourselves on being business partners first, and lawyers second, helping our clients with drafting and reviewing master service agreements, multiple contracts within a project scope and miscellaneous agreements such as elevator maintenance contracts and equipment installation agreements.
Handling Contracts and Claims
While our construction lawyers do everything possible to assist our clients in preventing claims, when they do arise, we use our extensive knowledge and experience to work with our clients to analyze the costs and likely outcome of the claim, developing a strategy that, in some instances, may include a form of alternative dispute resolution or mediation, resolving the claim in an expeditious and cost-effective manner before pursuing litigation/arbitration.
When an issue arises that cannot be settled out-of-court, our experienced trial lawyers aggressively represent a client's claim through litigation or arbitration in both state and federal courts. Our involvement with our clients from project conception through completion provides a cost-effective means to identify and prevent problems during the construction process, resulting in a better outcome for all involved parties.
With our “client first” perspective, we can offer a wide range of value-based services to assure that our clients receive the best legal advice that fit their business needs, including: