Steptoe & Johnson’s Construction Team has in-depth knowledge of the construction and engineering industries. Our attorneys represent architects, engineers, contractors, owners, developers, builders and trade associations on numerous legal issues involving all types of construction projects. These matters include contract disputes, regulations, occupational safety and health, risk management and workers’ compensation.

We understand the importance of project management and strive to provide our construction industry clients with reasonable, cost-effective solutions to meet their needs. With keen legal knowledge and real-world experience, our attorneys are able to predict and help prevent disputes during the multiple phases of construction projects.

Construction team attorneys collaborate with other firm attorneys who practice in the areas of tax, project finance, environmental, mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment, real estate law and governmental agency relations to best support our construction clients across the nation. Additionally, team lawyers focus their practices in insurance defense as it relates to the construction industry.

What sets us apart

  • More than 40 areas of practices, allowing for cross-team collaboration
  • 95 lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Team leader is a former construction foreman
  • Key litigator is a fourth generation iron worker
  • Project formation and assessments
  • Contract drafting and review
  • Contract disputes and bid protests
  • Trial and appellate cases
  • Project delivery system analysis
  • Mechanics' liens
  • Project finance and bond counsel
  • Payment bond claims / surety bonds
  • Hazardous waste and environmental issues
  • Permitting architectural copyright
  • Business formation
  • Government contracts and regulations
  • Legislation and lobbying
  • Products liability defense (heavy equipment and machinery)
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Professional malpractice liability defense
  • Risk management
  • Workers' compensation
  • Defended owners, design professionals, and engineers in a variety of construction-related matters, ranging from small business and commercial sites to multi-million dollar industrial plants and facilities
  • Experienced handling arbitration defense of builders against construction defect claims
  • Drafted and negotiated custom construction agreements for commercial projects
  • Negotiated settlements in multi-million dollar cases involving wrongful death, product defect, professional malpractice, and construction defect claims
  • Prepared construction defect and faulty workmanship coverage opinions for multiple insurers involving various construction defects
  • Litigated construction issues involving helical support systems and other foundational systems
  • Gas pipeline construction litigation representing owners and contractors
  • Represented a construction company in a federal court trial disputing the validity of a collective bargaining agreement