To build anything one must properly prepare, carefully perform and timely execute delivery. The same is true for every construction project. All the interrelated components require coordination and allocation of risk so each party proceeds according to plan. As construction counsel, we provide counseling and representation during all project phases from procurement to delivery and/or dispute resolution in both public and private sectors.
Like all industries, the construction industry has realigned to adjust to the challenges of the financial and commodities markets. In order for projects to be successful, owners and contractors alike concentrate on properly planning to balance this claim-conscious environment. Each side is in search of securing more value for its investment. The same is true for the law firm you choose. Sills Cummis & Gross is that firm.
As construction counsel, we serve the client at various stages of the Project:
Project Delivery Systems
With a variety of delivery systems available to owners/developers, the first step is to determine the project delivery method, whether it will be traditional design-bid-build, multiple prime or the more integrated system of design-build. The choice of the project delivery system depends upon the nature of the project and the primary objectives of the owner/developer.
Contracts/Project Documentation/Risk Allocation
Throughout the years, we gained expertise in different methods of construction and the various contracts that aim to allocate the risk between the parties. From traditional design-bid-build to the more integrated design-build system, we have counseled owners and contractors during the bidding and procurement stages to best allocate risk.
As counsel during the performance of the project, we assist the client in preparing and addressing potential claims in order to facilitate the resolution of claims before project delivery, while both sides remain vested in the project. Counseling during project performance can reduce the likelihood of the need for dispute resolution, litigation or arbitration post project delivery.
In some instances, delay and defect claims are unavoidable. Our attorneys have a proven track record of successfully pursuing and defending claims in litigation and/or arbitration here and abroad.
Financial Structuring and Restructuring
Our legal team has provided representation in negotiation and documentation of financial structuring and restructuring for project funding.
Our attorneys provide aggressive and cost efficient representation during litigation, arbitration and/or mediation. From international arbitration, state/federal litigation, to local arbitration/mediation, our construction team has litigated both large and small matters efficiently and effectively, evaluating and considering both the potential reward and the reasonable risk.
We have successfully prosecuted and defended claims on behalf of and against sureties in connection with both performance and payment bonds.
The Sills Cummis & Gross Construction Law Practice Group attorneys have a proven track record of successfully handling domestic and international representations for our construction industry clients. The Group approaches all issues from both a business and legal perspective. This enhances the value of our services, which are aimed at enabling our clients to control the risks associated with project construction and contain their exposure post-completion.
Global Reach with a Local Flavor
From energy plants oversees to domestic transportation projects, shopping malls, and redevelopment projects around the corner, our construction attorneys draw on a wealth of experience to guide your project through a successful course to completion. We will advise you of the risks and benefits associated with each of the choices you will face in the construction process, from procurement to completion.
Depending on your needs, our attorneys have the knowledge and ability to successfully handle any litigation or transactional matter that may arise. We take an innovative and aggressive approach to resolving disputes. Our goal is to serve our clients and assist them in achieving their objectives. Whether in litigation, arbitration or mediation, we persuasively present the dispute using the most sophisticated dispute resolution techniques to move the matter to a favorable resolution remaining ever mindful of the risk-reward matrix of each case.
We have successfully represented clients involved in construction disputes arising from industrial, commercial and residential projects in a variety of locales. These matters range in size from multi-billion dollar energy facilities to modest local developments. Even before a dispute arises, we help our clients structure legal proposals and advise them on relevant issues such as contracts, delivery, scheduling and cost control so they can avoid the issues that lead to litigation in the first place.