For more than 30 years our firm and its experienced attorneys have been recognized as a leader of the construction bar, successfully representing general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, and material suppliers in all aspects of the construction industry. Our lawyers are experienced in all phases of the construction process, including development of initial project concepts, land acquisition and permitting, financing, contract negotiation, preparation of bid and contract documents, bid protests, project administration, claims preparation, negotiation, mediation and/or litigation and final project closeout. Our experience reaches virtually every type of construction project: commercial, residential, recreational (stadiums and arenas), educational, health care, retail, heavy construction, infrastructure, historic, manufacturing, hotel, airport, domestic, international, public and private.
Our lawyers bring to the practice years of practical knowledge and actual experience in the construction industry. We are general counsel to the states largest industry trade group, Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, and count a substantial number of its members as clients. We also are active members in several other industry groups such as Associated General Contractors of Michigan and are frequently asked to lecture and present programs to industry professionals and other lawyers. In addition to representing clients, a number of our lawyers serve as arbitrators, mediators and masters in complex construction disputes. We know the construction process and use this knowledge to develop strategies and approaches to deliver the highest level of quality legal services in a cost effective manner.
Today, an increased number of construction projects have regional or even international dimensions, especially those related to the development or enhancement of infrastructure. Multinational contractors, architects, engineers, material suppliers, equipment providers, and project managers participate in projects at the local, national, and international levels. The broadening of the marketplace brings new risks and challenges. Our firms lawyers in the Construction and Infrastructure group are experienced with these issues and can provide the expertise clients need to address the multitude of issues that arise on a project.
Upgrading of infrastructure, "greening" of power and construction projects, and specialized financing are some emerging areas where our professionals can effective assistance in compliance with applicable codes and regulations wherever the project may be located. Clients can rely on Butzel Long lawyers for swift and accurate legal solutions to their local, national, or international construction and infrastructure project needs.
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- Successfully resolved a significant construction defect dispute with the Michigan Department of Transportation without litigation
- Successfully represented without litigation the contractor engaged to construct the new "ring road" around the perimeter of a local Michigan airport