Ours is the largest construction practice group in the Midwest. Rated the top construction practice in Ohio and nationally recognized as a leading practice, we are deeply experienced in all aspects of construction from project inception to final construction. We provide front-end services such as conceptualization, negotiation and drafting of construction documents; negotiation of design professional agreements; and project management consulting on a wide variety of projects. We are nationally recognized for our ability to resolve claims through mediation, arbitration or litigation.
One of the most experienced construction practices in North America, we represent owners, design professionals, construction managers, contractors and sureties in connection with all facets of the building industry. We have served as transactional construction project counsel for billions of dollars of construction at sites across the United States, including many significant stadium and arena projects for MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, university and minor league teams, as well as hospitals, pipelines, processing plants, schools, universities, office towers, hotels, and other commercial, industrial and institutional developments. In conjunction with Project Management Consultants (PMC), a wholly owned ancillary consulting practice, our construction consulting group consists of a team of professionals with extensive experience in design and construction management, and provides unique services such as partnering facilitation, mediation and construction process consulting on hundreds of projects throughout the United States.
For example, we played a principal role, both with respect to transactional and advocacy work, in connection with the planning, development and construction by the Portland Natural Gas and Transmission System, an interstate natural gas pipeline company, of an approximately 150-mile natural gas pipeline that services gas utilities, paper mills and electric generation plants throughout New England. Our role included conceptualizing and developing the project delivery method; preparing and negotiating design and construction documents, including the EPC agreements with the two major contractors; preparing and reviewing bidding documents and consulting contracts and agreements; negotiating the operating agreement between the owners and operator; advising on environmental, right-of-way acquisition and related real estate and regulatory issues; preparing and developing the insurance/risk management program for implementation of a comprehensive risk management program for the project; and defending the ownership in two major arbitrations arising out of construction disputes. In conceptualizing the project delivery method, our lawyers brought new ideas to the consortium of owners that saved them millions of dollars due to the imposition of cost guarantees that were later contested but upheld.
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