Construction Law

Gatzke Dillon & Ballance LLP has a well-established and recognized construction practice involving the representation of real estate development and general contractor firms in construction litigation matters. The firm also represents governmental entities/agencies and subcontractors in construction related disputes.

The firm's construction practice includes involvement in an array of different types of construction projects, including large-scale master planned residential communities, condominium projects, high-rise residential construction, single detached residences, mixed-use developments, schools and other public works projects. As a result, the lawyers in the construction practice group have developed a substantial background regarding both construction processes and the broad range of legal issues that can arise in relation to a wide variety of construction projects.

The firm's construction lawyers have handled matters involving different types of construction-related litigation, pre-litigation counseling, and preparation of construction contract related documents, including provisions regarding indemnity and insurance requirements. More specifically, the firm's lawyers have handled disputes involving the following:
  • Construction defects
  • Soils subsidence
  • Design professional claims
  • Non-conforming work
  • Change order issues
  • Indemnity obligations
  • Title 7 Claims
  • Mechanic's lien claims
  • SWPPP issues
  • Construction Accident/Injury Claims
The firm uses a well-defined approach to handling construction litigation matters. This approach includes the use of a small group of experienced lawyers who are responsible for the services rendered in the litigation. The firm also possesses the expertise necessary to successfully pursue all available insurance resources, including early and aggressive pursuit of all primary and additional insured insurance carriers to establish early cost sharing arrangements, where appropriate.

Also, the firm's lawyers are highly experienced in various alternative dispute resolution forums, including arbitration, judicial reference and mediation, which are used regularly and successfully to resolve construction disputes quickly and in a more cost effective manner than is often possible through traditional civil litigation. Finally, for those disputes where resolution is simply not possible, the firm has a successful record of providing the highest level of representation through trial. The firm has established a reputation for quality work and court representation, both with our clients and with attorneys representing opposing parties.

The firm's construction practice group is committed to maintaining this reputation by working with clients in pursuing their objectives in the most competent and cost-effective manner.