Driven by billions of dollars in projects, construction is a critical component of the American economy and defines the landscape and national infrastructure. With years of experience in all facets of construction, the attorneys at Melvin & Melvin provide their clients with the guidance and support services necessary to navigate through the complexities of construction practice. Whether your project be commercial, industrial or residential, private or public, the firm offers services at every phase.
From on-site advice to preparation of contract documents, through large scale and complex litigation, Melvin & Melvin, PLLC, has represented clients on every tier of construction: owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, and lenders.
Some of these services include:
CONTRACT DOCUMENTS SERVICES – Whether public or private projects, and whether for an owner, contractor or supplier, our attorneys will assist in the preparation and review of all documents to maximize legal rights. Unfavorable and even risky provisions are often contained in standard form or other party drafted documents. Rights can often be effectively won or lost before the work even begins. Melvin & Melvin works with its clients to position themselves from the onset with proper documents.
CONSTRUCTION PHASE SERVICES – Decision making, communication and documentation during construction are key to avoidance of disputes and maximizing legal positions for resolution whether by negotiation, dispute resolution procedures or litigation. The attorneys at Melvin & Melvin are experienced in all phases of public and private construction including building and infrastructure. We will guide you in real time through the construction phase, including decision-making, communications and the documentation necessary to protect our client’s interests.
CLAIM SERVICES – Parties to a construction contract have significant rights The law provides them two alternatives: enforcement or waiver. Rights are hard earned but readily forfeited. Failure to document, protect and preserve rights by compliance with contract mandated claim requirements can bar significant rights. We work with our clients to protect those rights.For contractors and suppliers attorneys at Melvin & Melvin work with our clients to protect their rights including through mechanic’s liens, payment bonds and trust funds claims while asserting claims including those for defective or incomplete contract documents, interference, delay, acceleration, changes in the work and unforeseen conditions.For owners, the key to projects lies in three words: Time and Money. Melvin & Melvin reviews and prepares contracts to help protect the owner’s budget, schedule and to avoid and defend against claims, provides guidance during construction and defends against claims of any nature.
DISPUTE RESOLUTION – Increasingly, all parties to a construction contract recognize they often will benefit from dispute resolution protocols other than standard court litigation -The attorneys at Melvin & Melvin work with clients to resolve claims by the most cost effective procedure available under the terms or your contract. Whether Negotiations, Mediation, Arbitration, or Litigation, our attorneys are well experienced to represent its clients in private tribunals as well as in state or federal court.
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Construction projects often raise issues which require guidance and support from other practice areas. Claims may become immersed in bankruptcy proceedings, and critical issues of may arise involving insurance coverage including exclusions and other coverage issues. Our robust insurance and bankruptcy departments are there to assist you wherever these issues may arise.
Upon request, we would be pleased to provide you with topical materials relating to the above subjects. Alternatively, we can present an in-house seminar on construction matters of interest to you.