Owner Representation

Our firm provides comprehensive legal representation to owners of construction projects of all types, from inception to completion and occupancy or sale. Our Construction Practice Group works closely with attorneys in our Real Estate/Land Use and Environmental Groups throughout the process to ensure that the client’s needs and objectives are met. Our representation covers all aspects of real estate development including acquisition, financing, zoning and permitting, contracts, construction administration and claims, and project completion and commissioning.

Our attorneys become involved at project inception, when their experience can help guide the owner through the design and permitting process. Our expertise in land use matters enables us to suggest and evaluate project alternatives and manage the permitting and approval process to a successful conclusion through local boards, County Planning boards, and regional and state agencies. Our experience also extends to site acquisition, project financing and negotiating and drafting of contacts with design professionals and consultants.

During construction our Construction Practice Group attorneys assist in negotiation and drafting of construction management agreements, general construction contracts, design/build contracts, and agreements with subcontractors and material suppliers. We are familiar with the proper procedures for construction administration and the issues which arise during the course of a project, including issues regarding surety bonds. When disputes arise, we attempt to resolve claims quickly and amicably. However, we are experienced in all phases of alternative dispute resolution and litigation. We also assist with the filing and discharge of mechanic’s liens and related lien claims. Once the project is completed, we are prepared to assist with issues arising during commissioning, and issuance of final permits and certificates of occupancy. We also provide representation with respect to leasing and sale of the project, if applicable.