The construction industry in Hawaii and elsewhere is a dispute prone industry. It often requires the assistance of legal counsel to help anticipate, address and resolve the numerous and complicated problems that inevitably stem from most construction projects. Our firm has been assisting our clients for many years through this difficult area of the law.
There are many laws that govern the construction process and the laws differ depending on whether the project is federal, state, or private. Construction law deals primarily with contract law and involves the design, the initial bidding on the construction project, the negotiation and formation of the construction contracts, disputes between the parties involved in the construction process, payment disputes, delays and post construction disputes, including design and construction defects and deficiencies. Although construction law is a specialized field, it touches on many legal practice areas. In addition to the law as it is applied to contracts, construction law also involves tort claims, consumer protection laws, mechanics’ liens and other security interests, commercial law, planning law, surety law, bonding disputes, insurance coverage issues, bid protests, employment law, environmental law, product liability, personal injury and workers compensation, delay claims and alternative dispute resolution. Many of the attorneys at our firm have experience and expertise in these construction law practice areas. We also assist clients in drafting and interpreting design and construction contracts and other contract documents.
Our firm has a wide variety of construction industry clients including general contractors, subcontractors, specialty contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, architects, engineers and other design consultants, construction managers, owners, utilities, governmental agencies, developers, associations, sureties, and most other individuals and entities involved in various aspects of the construction process. Our construction litigation practice includes the representation of claimants and respondents in mediation, arbitration and litigation in the state and federal courts. We pride ourselves on finding creative solutions to these complex disputes.