Construction Defect Litigation
Your project is involved in a construction defect issue. What do you do first? For decades the Landye Bennett Construction Defect Group has represented both residential and commercial owners, developers, and homeowner associations throughout the Northwest, including representation in single-family homes, condominiums, townhomes, lofts, apartments, high-rise buildings, and multi-phased developments. We also have extensive experience representing contractors, subcontractors, product manufacturers and suppliers, material and equipment dealers, engineers, architects, design teams, and lenders. Our representation of both plaintiffs and defendants provides an advantage to our clients, as it allows us to better understand and anticipate our opponents’ positions and strategies and objectively assess the strengths, weaknesses, and economics in resolving our clients’ cases. Let us put our group’s 65 years of experience to work for you.
Our Litigators Try Cases:
We are frequently able to resolve disputes either directly or in conjunction with experienced mediators. However, the best settlements often occur because our opponents know that if negotiating does not work, we can and will try the case. Our Construction Defect Group includes high-profile trial attorneys with a track record of courtroom success.
Our Proven Track Record:
The Landye Bennett Construction Defect Group is skilled in both prosecuting and defending a wide variety of construction dispute issues, including improperly constructed and/or defective roofs, gutters, downspouts, venting, soffits, weather-resistant barriers, siding (cedar, stucco, masonry, vinyl, EIFS, Hardiplank), paint, asbestos, building paper, windows and doors, shear walls, foundations, concrete, insulation, drainage, plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems, sound transmission, wood flooring, soil and land preparation, soil contamination, earth movement and landslides. Our experience includes cases involving building envelope defects, land suitability, environmental contamination, and water intrusion and related damage, including dry rot damage and mold. We also have significant experience in construction contract negotiation, construction contract disputes (including delays and warranty issues), insurance coverage disputes, and failure-to-disclose disputes.
We recognize that for those unfamiliar with the construction defect arena, the process may seem daunting. That is why our Construction Defect Group is dedicated to providing our clients with the necessary support and assistance through every step of the process. This includes prompt and careful consideration of the issues, economics, and potential consequences. It also includes initiating or defending initial claims; assistance in identification, retention, and working with experts and consultants; exploration of cost-effective means of resolution; presentation of insurance issues and/or recovery; negotiations; and trial.
Working to prevent future disputes is also important. We can help you analyze, negotiate, and draft your competitive bid proposals, requests for proposal, prime contracts, consulting agreements, joint-venture agreements, purchase and change-order documents, subcontracts, contract specifications, performance and payment bond documents, lien release documents, and multi-layer insurance agreements.
The construction defect process is frequently stressful and burdensome. While we cannot change the circumstances that resulted in our clients’ involvement in the matter, we can help ease frustrations by providing our clients with prompt, personalized, and one-on-one attention, every step of the way.