Architects & Engineers

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Architects & Engineers

Our attorneys are experienced in representing architects, engineers, surveyors, and environmental consultants. Allegations against design and environmental professionals, when asserted in the context of larger construction defect matters, are often difficult to litigate. Professional claims against design and environmental professionals should be handled differently from claims against various subcontractors, as the issues and applicable legal standards are generally very different. This is the focus of our litigation efforts in larger multi-party litigation. We have been successful in enforcing limitation of liability provisions, obtaining dismissals on favorable terms, and utilizing claims for unpaid fees to successfully alter the settlement position of the other side. We have defended individual companies and design professionals in two-party claims as well.

Our experience enables us to communicate with our clients regarding plans, designs, specifications, and details. Our ability to comprehend complex design issues and address them in a manner approved of by our clients has earned us the trust of many larger design firms and their insurance companies. Our litigation on behalf of our design professional and environmental clients generally involves a close working relationship, as it is important that the technical issues not be overlooked and that any claims be viewed in the context of the construction and business activities at the time of the design. 

Lewis Brisbois is also able to advise regarding potential work or contractual issues in a transactional capacity. We have performed contract review and analyzed various provisions of contracts for many of our clients. 

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