Members of Butzel’s Construction Specialty Team are not only veterans of the construction profession, but recognized leaders in the industry, with expertise in all phases of the construction process. Our deep industry knowledge extends from government relations to project management and whether it's bidding and building a project or understanding the nuances surrounding different types of dirt, we pride ourselves on being as capable working on public works projects as we are working with contractors.

We serve in many different roles for our clients as industry insiders and problem solvers. We understand our clients' businesses and know how to navigate through government and work with industry personnel to get projects completed efficiently and cost effectively. We have longstanding professional relationships with major construction industry trade associations in Michigan, including Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association; Associated Builders and Contractors of Southeast Michigan; Michigan Concrete Association; and Asphalt Paving Association of Michigan, and count a substantial number of its members as clients. We are frequently asked to lecture and present programs to industry professionals and other lawyers. In addition to representing clients, our attorneys serve as arbitrators, mediators and masters in complex construction disputes.


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  • Successfully resolved a significant construction defect dispute with the Michigan Department of Transportation without litigation
  • Succeeded in an administrative contested claim proceeding before the Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Successfully represented prime contractor in resolution of multi-million dollar delay claim on Texas Department of Transportation Project.
  • Successfully represented the industry in halting the announced “non-public opening of bid” on a $120M site civil construction project at a major Michigan airport and procuring the re-advertisement of the project providing for full competitive bidding.
  • Has successfully represented contractors and subcontractors in numerous delay, acceleration, Differing Site Conditions, extra work, defective and warranty work, and contract interpretation disputes with MDOT in the administrative claims review process.
  • Has successfully represented construction industry trade associations in resolution of matters affecting the transportation infrastructure construction industry in Michigan.
  • Successfully prosecuted administrative appeals to preclude awards to second bidders on three MDOT construction contracts totaling more than $14M.
  • Successfully represented prime contractor in warranty work dispute on an airport pavement rehabilitation project in Florida.
  • Successfully represented subcontractor in prosecution of Miller Act Payment Bond claim in connection with USAF airfield reconstruction project in Kansas.
  • Represented two contractors in connection with multiple local and federal fraud false claims act investigations of construction projects at a major airport
  • Successful defense of major construction industry manufacturer against claims of employee raiding
  • Negotiated construction and development contracts for commercial office building
  • Successfully represented prime contractor in resolution of warranty disputes and subcontractor disputes on a major freeway reconstruction project for the Indiana Department of Transportation.
  • Representing MITA as a constituent member of the Michigan Damage Prevention Board, in the ongoing re-write of Michigan's underground utility locating act, commonly known as the MISS DIG Act
  • Successfully represented prime contractor and subcontractor in recovering $1.5M claim for extra work on a MDOT bridge reconstruction contract.
  • Successfully represented prime and subcontractor in prosecution of multi-million dollar delay claims on a Michigan Department of Transportation construction project.
  • Successfully represented performance bond surety in obtaining a No Cause of Action in a complex case involving the construction of an off shore water intake facility on the bottom of Lake Michigan.
  • Obtained a panel Decision of No Cause of Action for our client in a complex construction case involving the construction of a water intake bed on the floor of Lake Michigan
  • Represented prevailing contractor in a Conflict Resolution Team proceeding involving significant warranty work claim by MDOT.
  • Successfully represented the joint venture prime contractor in the resolution of all claims without litigation on a $120M, four year construction project at a major Michigan airport.
  • Has successfully represented infrastructure contractors and subcontractors in connection with private works projects involving delay, interference and extra/changed work disputes and prosecution of construction lien foreclosure claims throughout Michigan.
  • Successfully represented without litigation the contractor engaged to construct the new "ring road" around the perimeter of a local Michigan airport
  • Successfully represented joint venture contractor in the negotiated resolution of delay and acceleration claims exceeding $1M primarily arising out of defective design and interference issues on a complex road and sewer reconstruction project.
  • Prepared an administrative appeal and concurrently prepared the suit for immediate injuctive relief; our efforts were successful in preventing an award of the $14 million contract to the second bidder
  • Lead lawyers for conversion of a City of Detroit housing project into multi-use, residential property under federal program
  • Represented LG Chem in the acquisition of land, obtaining various government grants and tax incentives and the drafting and negotiating of the construction contract for a $303 million advanced lithium ion battery manufacturing facility.
  • Successfully represented prime contractors and subcontractors in resolution of federal and local false claim act investigations on multiple projects at major airports in Michigan and Tennessee.
  • Advised the special committee of the board of directors of a building products company in a management-led acquisition
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