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Woods Aitken’s national construction law practice group has counseled clients in the construction industry throughout the United States since the Firm’s founding in 1921. This tradition and dedication to the construction industry provides the experience and knowledge from which creative, value-driven, and ethical solutions to the challenges facing our construction clients can be achieved. Our service-oriented philosophy fuels our commitment to long-term client relationships and enables us to provide effective solutions consistent with the goals and business propositions of our clients. 

Woods Aitken counsels companies from all facets of the construction industry. Our clients include general contractors, trade contractors, specialty subcontractors, project owners, architects, engineers, suppliers, and sureties working on a variety of types of construction projects. We have experience in all legal aspects of the construction process from bid to project closeout.

When disputes arise, Woods Aitken strives to work with our clients to identify the key issues and develop efficient and cost-effective approaches to early resolution. We have obtained favorable settlements for our clients through mediations, dispute review boards and other early resolution processes. However, if resolution cannot be achieved short of trial, our team has extensive experience in construction litigation having achieved success in arbitrations, state and federal courts, and other evidentiary proceedings.

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Contracting and Preconstruction

  • Bid Protests
  • Bid Qualifications
  • Bonding
  • Contract and Purchase Order Drafting
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Human Resource Guidance
  • I-9 Audits
  • Insurance
  • Entity Creation
  • OSHA Compliance
  • Risk Management
  • Payroll Practices
  • Project Delivery Methods
  • Proposal Preparation
  • Zoning

During Construction

  • Bond and Surety Issues
  • Change Order Issues
  • Delays and Impacts
  • Federal Miller Act and State “Little Miller” Act Claims
  • Inspections
  • Insurance
  • Mechanic’s Liens
  • Payment Disputes
  • REA / Claim Preparation
  • Terminations
  • Warranty Issues

Claims and Dispute Resolution

  • Appeals
  • Arbitration
  • Bond Claims
  • Case Evaluations
  • Complex Litigation
  • Defective Design and Construction Claims
  • Delay, Disruption, Acceleration, Impact, and Inefficiency Claims
  • Dispute Resolution Board Claims
  • Expert Witness Consultation
  • Federal Miller Act and State “Little Miller” Act Claims
  • Indemnity Claims
  • Insurance Claims
  • Labor and Employment Claims
  • Mechanic’s Liens
  • Mediation
  • Payment Disputes
  • Settlement Negotiations
  • Warranty Issues
  • UCC Claims

Industries / Sectors

  • Architects
  • Bonding / Suretyship
  • Design Firms
  • Engineers
  • General Contractors
  • Insurance
  • Subcontractors
  • Suppliers
  • Public (State and Federal) Projects
  • Private Projects
  • P3 Projects
  • Real Estate
  • Woods Aitken awarded a Band 1 ranking in Chambers USA 2024 for Colorado: Construction. 
  • Several Woods Aitken attorneys have earned the distinction of being selected by their peers to be Fellows in Colleges or honorary societies in their area of practice. This includes the American College of Construction Lawyers and the Construction Lawyers Society of America.  
  • Woods Aitken was awarded 21 rankings in 13 practice areas in the 2024 edition of U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”  This includes a National Tier 2 ranking for Construction Law and National Tier 3 ranking for Litigation-Construction.  
  • Woods Aitken is recognized in The National Law Journal’s Verdicts Hall of Fame. In 2016, following a four-week trial, an Omaha jury awarded client Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. $108.9 million in a contractual indemnity and negligence case arising out of a ConAgra plant explosion. The award, more than double the largest in Nebraska history at the time, was identified by National Law Journal as one of the top verdicts of the year. In 2018, the verdict was unanimously affirmed by the Nebraska Supreme Court. The verdict was previously named to The National Law Journal’s 2016 Elite Trials report.

              National Construction Practice         Decades of Experience


Representative Map of Complex Construction Cases

There's No Substitute for Experience

Woods Aitken has distinguished itself in the legal representation of companies involved in disputes arising from all manner of construction projects. We have obtained substantial recoveries for our clients as well as successfully defending our clients against substantial claims. Such matters have included major litigation and arbitration proceedings throughout the United States. Regardless of the process or venue, it is our goal to assist our clients in obtaining the best resolution possible whether through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or litigation.

The following representative matters illustrate the nature of the projects and disputes in which Woods Aitken has been involved in recent years.

Click here to view a list of recent representative matters in areas that include:

  • Building
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • U.S. Government
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