Construction and Building


The planning, construction, and renovation of property perfectly illustrates the ingenuity of man and our modern society. The uses to which property can be put, and the configurations that structures can take, are only limited by the skill and imagination of those who design and carry out a project, and of course the budget and governmental regulations which apply. As a result, the construction industry is both an economic engine and a source of dispute. The relationship of many different parties with many different goals – the lender, the developer, the builder, the suppliers, and the owner or end users – are regulated by a series of contracts, statutory laws, and common law concepts that do not always mesh seamlessly. Our goal is to counsel parties to avoid or minimize the risk of problems in the planning and construction stage, and to help clients resolve disputes in all phases of a construction project from inception to ultimate occupancy and use.

Hull Barrett has been active in representing parties in the construction industry as well as the parties related to the industry. We have also been proud to represent the owners and developers of properties for whom construction is part of their land’s development.

Importance of Construction and Building Law

The law governing construction and building helps to form the framework of an industry which drives our modern society, and which is fundamental to the use and occupancy of land. Whether it is commercial, industrial, or residential, the series of laws and requirements that apply to the various parties is complex and not always in harmony. On top of that, the series of contracts and agreements that parties are free to make – sometimes in writing and planned, sometimes arising during the course of construction – often complicates these relationships. Our goal is to assist clients in navigating these sometimes inconsistent relationships with an aim towards providing an efficient way to comply with the various laws and regulations that exist; to comply with contract requirements; and to resolve disputes in a cost-manner. In cases where the parties are unable to resolve disputes as they arise, we are poised to assist with the dispute resolution methods available – whether it be a trial, an arbitration, a mediation, or a negotiated resolution of the dispute.

Representative Issues

  • AIA Construction Contracts
  • Construction Arbitration and Mediation (on behalf of a party or acting as the arbitrator/mediator)
  • Relationships and contracts between owners, general contractors, and subcontractors
  • Mechanics liens
  • Materialmen’s liens
  • Replacement of contractors during the course of the project
  • Private construction
  • Construction of federal, state, and local buildings and improvements
  • Construction of apartments, hospitals, commercial buildings, schools, highways, industrial plants, subdivisions and residences;
  • Quality of materials supplied to construction projects
  • Conformance with plans and specifications
  • Delay damage claims
  • Surety bond claims
  • Architect disputes
  • Design/build projects
  • Compliance with FAR requirements
  • Residential construction

Representative Clients

  • General Contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Materialmen and other Lien Claimants
  • Owners
  • Sureties
  • Developers
  • Manufacturers
  • Suppliers
  • Lending Institutions
  • Design Professionals