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Construction & Surety Law

"Build it and they will come."

It’s a line you’ve heard a thousand times.  Each time, you’ve probably assumed that “they” refers to the end-users of the facility being built, such as the tenants who lease new office and residential space, the patients treated in new medical facilities, the motorists who drive on new highways and bridges, and the fans that flock to new sporting arenas and fields of dreams.

Construction & Surety Law in NC & Beyond

The construction and surety lawyers at Lewis & Roberts, however, interpret the expression a little differently. We think “they” could just as easily refer to things, not people. Things like payment disputes, project delays, contractor defaults, worksite accidents, defect allegations and litigation threats.

Build it, and risks will come.

And if those risks aren’t timely and effectively managed, they almost certainly will undermine your project’s success – not to mention your company’s bottom line. 

That’s where we come in.

Guided by over fifty years of combined experience serving North Carolina’s growing AEC community, our construction law and surety lawyers provide common-sense, results-oriented, cost-effective guidance at every juncture of a construction project - from contract drafting and negotiation, to real-time project counseling, to formal dispute resolution when claims can’t be resolved at the project level.
 
At the first sign of project discord, our immediate priority is to determine whether the dispute might be resolved before the folks in black robes get involved. After all, an early, pre-litigation resolution to your claim could very well be the best tool for protecting your bottom line and keeping you focused on what you do best: building your projects, as well as your future.  

Of course, not all disputes can be resolved pre-suit. When formal dispute resolution becomes unavoidable, you can trust that our construction attorneys in North Carolina possess the construction knowledge and trial experience needed to achieve results in mediation, arbitration and litigation.

Our team of construction attorneys has handled virtually every kind of North Carolina construction law dispute imaginable, including the following types of claims:

  • Public Contracting & Bid Protests
  • Differing Site Conditions
  • Extra Work / Change Orders
  • Delay, Disruption, Acceleration and Inefficiency
  • Defective Design and Construction
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Payment Disputes
  • Mechanics' Liens
  • Performance and Payment Bonds
  • Salvage, Subrogation and Indemnity
  • Requests for Time Extensions and Verified Claims against the NCDOT and Other State Agencies.

We understand that your decision to retain legal counsel is made as a value-add proposition. No matter in what capacity you might engage us, we will endeavor to handle your legal matter in the most cost-effective manner possible. We charge competitive hourly rates, avoid over-staffing our files, and provide initial and updated litigation estimates, so that our clients know in advance what our services are anticipated to cost. On appropriate matters, we even offer flexible fee arrangements, including flat-fee, contingency fee and blended fee services.

If you're looking for thorough, dedicated representation in North Carolina construction law disputes, look no further than our knowledgeable construction attorneys in Raleigh and Charlotte. Our team is passionate about providing intelligent, zealous and efficient advocacy for the owners, prime contractors, subcontractors, sureties, suppliers and insurance carriers we’re privileged to call our clients. We invite you to put our skills and experience to work for you in managing your risks and overcoming the legal challenges you encounter at every step of your company’s critical path.

Explore our construction & surety law concentrations below to learn how we can help.

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