Utah Construction Lawyers
We help clients avoid unnecessary litigation and project complications by proactively addressing common construction law related issues, and seeking swift resolution when disputes arise.
Utah’s strong economy continues to feed one of the most robust construction sectors in the nation. Fueled primarily by increasing demand for industrial and commercial space, the Utah construction industry is experiencing its most significant growth since the Great Recession.
Attorneys in both our Salt Lake City and St. George, Utah offices represent owners, contractors, subcontractors, government agencies, lenders, and sureties in a broad range of construction matters.
Well-developed contracts are key to the success of any construction project. We draft the full spectrum of construction-related contracts, such as design-build, architect-engineer, construction management contracts, and all related subcontract agreements. We also litigate contract disputes such as delays, construction defect, and others.
We offer a full range of employment law services to our construction clients. These include the standard employment issues along with those services that are particularly unique for the construction industry. We handle citations issued by state and federal safety authorities, represent construction employers in day-to-day employment and workers’ compensation challenges, as well as more serious claims, including serious injury and death.
Insurance is a critical part of protecting the investment in a construction project. We assist clients in obtaining and reviewing key insurance policies relating to the construction phase. These include liability, builder’s risk, hold harmless agreements, surety bonds, and flood insurance. We defend claims that arise under these policies including construction defect claims and more.
Since 1994, we have been a consistent co-sponsor of the annual Western States Surety Conference. We routinely work with several leading bond sureties.
Disputes and Litigation
When a dispute arises, our construction lawyers are highly experienced in handling the full range of construction-related disputes including performance bond claims on construction defaults; negotiation with owners, completion contractors, subcontractors, and defaulting principals; preparation and enforcement of take-over or completion agreements and all collateral documents; payment bond claims, bankruptcy claims and work-out agreements; and pursuit and enforcement of indemnity rights, subrogation, salvage, and related third-party recovery claims.
We also represent clients in mediation, arbitration, litigation, and at trial when necessary to resolve construction claims and disputes. We often work collaboratively with our firm’s insurance, water law, natural resources, and product liability lawyers.