Construction

Our attorneys understand the construction business. With more than 55 combined years of experience, attorneys Charles Williams and James Skilling can help you build solutions to the problems affecting your commercial, industrial and public development projects.  We handle construction disputes for a wide variety of clients, including contractors, property owners, developers, architects, engineers and construction companies. Charles and James advocate for their clients’ interests before courts, arbitration panels, and administrative agencies, and are dedicated to obtaining the best possible results.

We helps clients avoid and resolve construction disputes in the following areas:

-Contract disputes
-Collection and payment disputes
-Insurance coverage
-Bond claims
-Material suppliers’ rights
-Mechanic’s liens
-Design issues

We also assist with review and drafting of contracts before the project begins, to protect your interests in the future.

Representative Engagements:

-When a “big box” construction project went bad, we successfully defended the sitework contractor from multiple construction defect claims, filed a separate lawsuit to convince the contractor’s insurance carrier to pay for defending the claims, and also recovered what the contractor was owed on the project.

-Our attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court, and also filed over one hundred mechanics liens in state courts, to assist a utility clearing contractor obtain payment for its work on a multi-state natural gas pipeline.

-We recently obtained a jury verdict in favor of our client in a dispute involving construction of a sports park.  The jury gave our client a substantial award, with interest, and rejected the opponent’s claims of poor workmanship.

-Our attorneys relied on Virginia’s statute of repose to successfully defend a commercial construction company against a construction defect claim in Jamerson v. Coleman-Adams Constr., Inc., 280 Va. 490, 699 S.E.2d 197 (Va. 2010).

-Our attorneys played a leading role in the defense of more than fifteen lawsuits filed in Virginia state and federal courts against a supplier of fill material used in the construction of numerous big box stores, grocery stores, schools, and churches.  See, e.g., Kohl's Dep't Stores, Inc. v. Target Stores, Inc., 290 F. Supp. 2d 674 (E.D. Va. 2003).   Collectively, these cases sought over sixty million dollars, and the litigation spanned more than seven years.  All of the cases were resolved to the satisfaction of the client and its insurance carriers.  Our attorneys were instrumental in reducing the claims and in ensuring in each case that parties responsible for the damage were “at the table”.

-In a dispute involving a non-compete agreement between two bidders on a construction project for the federal government, our attorneys successfully defended a lawsuit which sought to enjoin the client from bidding on the contract.  The non-compete agreement was declared anti-competitive and void, and the case was dismissed with prejudice.  The client went on to obtain several contracts with the government.