Construction Law

National, Regional and Local Leaders in the Industry

Construction Law

The Construction Practice Group at Carney Badley Spellman has continued to build on its extensive experience. We are well known as national, regional and local leaders in the industry. Peers and industry press recognize Carney Badley Spellman lawyers as among the “Best Lawyers in America,” “Super Lawyers” and “Top Attorneys” in a variety of lists and publications. We represent all segments of the construction industry including both public and private owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, shipyards, mortgage bankers and insurance carriers.

We work with our clients regarding land development and construction. Our attorneys address land development issues such as land use property acquisition and permitting for development. They also address matters such as regulatory compliance, hazardous waste and toxic tort, natural resource damage, solid waste management and water rights. Once into construction phases, we work with our clients in contract planning and negotiations to insure that our clients’ interests are protected and to provide practical mechanisms for dispute resolution. Because we have commercial law experience and construction litigation experience, we excel at providing a thorough look at the many important aspects of any contract.

We have a team of litigators with broad experience in the trial and arbitration of construction cases. We handle surety, construction liability, indemnity claims and coverage claims, and claims for cost overruns. We recognize that protracted disputes can be expensive for all involved. We try to posture our clients for favorable settlement by starting with a strong contract and developing contingency plans for dispute resolution. Our experience includes:

  • real estate development
  • government contracts
  • construction claims
  • construction litigation
  • contract negotiation and preparation
  • lien and bond claims
  • bid protests
  • design professional errors and omissions
  • construction safety
  • construction and condominium defect litigation
  • worksite injury claims
  • insurance coverage
  • regulatory compliance

Our attorneys handle many types of construction including infrastructure projects and shipyard construction.

Heavy Civil Construction – Bridges and Tunnels

Our attorneys can address all matters of heavy civil construction. Among the most challenging of these projects are bridges and tunnels. Our clients are involved in many of the largest bridge and tunnel projects in the Northwest and have exceptional experience in assisting contractors, subcontractors and design professionals to navigate RFP and bid processes, day-to-day challenges and changes to such projects, dispute resolution processes, claim notifications and, when necessary, litigation. We have experience with all manner of bridge and tunnel projects, from storm water overflow storage tunnels to pipelines, to ocean crossing bridges, and from micro-tunneling to highway earthquake retrofits and some of the largest and deepest bore projects in the United States to directional drilling. Our attorneys can help guide you back to the surface on any legal issues a contractor or owner may run into on these complex projects.

Shipyard Construction

Our attorneys have extensive experience advising and representing clients involved in the construction and repair of a broad variety of ships and other marine vessels, from ferries to yachts, military vessels and cruise liners. We negotiate new construction and repair contracts for both shipyards and vessel owners and litigate claims arising out of vessel construction projects. We are involved in numerous vessel procurement programs for state, local and federal government agencies.

Pile Driving

We handle claims involving marine and pile driving projects. Our attorneys have been involved in pile projects, including sheet pile cofferdams, both straight and z piles, pre-stressed concrete piles, soldier pile walls, caissons and numerous wood pile projects. We have represented several of the biggest and best known pile driving contractors in the Northwest and have litigated numerous pile driving claims on behalf of contractors and public owners.

Construction Trade Organizations

We believe taking a personal interest in the construction industry is as important to us as it is to you. Several of our attorneys are active members and regularly participate in many construction trade organizations. These organizations include:

Construction Law


Sommer B. Clement

Sommer B.

Construction Litigation
Civil Litigation,
Real Estate
Elliot C. Copenhaver

Elliot C.

Construction Litigation,
Commercial Litigation

John C.

Construction Law,
Construction Litigation, Government Contracts,
Commercial Real Estate

Cindy G.

Insurance Defense, Class Actions,
Civil and Commercial Litigation,
I-502 Implementation
Parker R. Keehn

Parker R.

Construction Law
Commercial Real Estate, Commercial Leasing
Civil & Commercial Litigation

Jason M.

Construction Litigation
Energy Law

Eric M. Liberman

Civil Litigation,
Construction Law

Nicholas O.

Civil & Commercial Litigation
Construction Litigation
C. Scott Penner

C. Scott

Construction Law,
Insurance Coverage,
Subrogation Litigation

Mark Rosencrantz

Construction Law,
Commercial Litigation

S. Jay

Construction Litigation,
Real Estate,
Civil & Commercial Litigation
John R. Welch

John R.

Construction Litigation,
Commercial Litigation

Thomas K.

Surety Law
Construction Litigation
Civil Litigation

Christopher A.

Construction Litigation,
Commercial Litigation