Construction law involves the application of many areas of law to specific issues and problems that are unique to the construction industry. Our attorneys know and understand the complex legal, contractual and regulatory environment faced by construction companies, suppliers and owners. We use this experience to counsel clients with the goal of finding acceptable solutions to their complex problems in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible. The firm's attorneys routinely analyze, prepare, prosecute and defend claims, review and negotiate agreements, prepare bid disputes, mediate, arbitrate and litigate suits. The firm's lawyers also conduct client seminars, speak at construction law conferences and write articles of interest to the construction industry.
Contracting with the federal government brings with it a host of unique legal, regulatory and contractual requirements. Compliance with these often complex, multi-tiered requirements, unlike private contracting, can have both criminal and civil penalty implications. The firm works to assist government contractors and suppliers understand these requirements and reach a level of good faith compliance. The firm also handles federal bid protests and the preparation and presentation of claims before various courts and boards of contract appeals.
Managing risk and avoiding litigation begins with equitable agreements. Sanderford & Carroll has extensive experience drafting and negotiating construction contracts for a wide array of project types and delivery systems. We believe that contracts that anticipate and fairly allocate risk help clients achieve their objectives. General contractors, subcontractors, owners and vendors need advocates that understand their unique needs and goals who also know the statutory, legal and regulatory environment in which they operate. Our focused practice enables us to assist our clients to establish a framework to avoid conflict and anticipate issues. Our attorneys can prepare and negotiate custom agreements but are also comfortable working with and modifying widely used families of industry standard contract documents.
Brian Carroll heads the firm's TxDOT and highway construction claim practice. He assists clients with navigating the state's complex claims process and litigating disputes if necessary. These claims often include disruption of work, utility conflicts, right-of-way, acceleration, inefficiency, lost labor and equipment productivity, differing site conditions, extra work, debarment and terminations. Additionally, the firm often serves as counsel for other law firms to prepare TxDOT and highway construction claims.
Our attorneys have successfully represented clients in litigation in state and federal courts, administrative boards, and in alternative dispute forums such as arbitration and mediation. Sanderford & Carroll's construction litigation experience includes design and construction defect claims, delay and disruption claims, acceleration and inefficiency claims, lost labor and equipment productivity, differing site conditions, extra work claims, payment and performance bond claims, mechanic's and materialman's lien claims, bid disputes and other matters.