Construction Law

Constructing Relationships

With over 60 years of experience in construction law, Hilger Hammond has a deep understanding of the issues affecting our clients. A significant portion of our practice involves serving as general counsel and special litigation counsel to all players in the construction industry. From the preparation and negotiation of complex multi-party construction agreements, to defending or pursuing construction defect, delay and lien claims, you can expect to see Hilger Hammond attorneys working across the spectrum of the construction industry. Knowing that disputes must be resolved efficiently and effectively, we are actively engaged in pre-suit facilitation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Where litigation is necessary, we have appeared in tribunals across the country, including state and federal courts and private arbitration panels. 



Our construction clients include all parties associated with construction - owners, governmental agencies, developers, architects, engineers, design professionals, general and trade contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, vendors, manufacturers, and insurers.


Construction Law Services

  • Agreements: Developer, Construction Management, Owner Development, Joint Venture, Architectural/Design Professional
  • Foreclosure Avoidance
  • Bid Document Preparation & Review
  • Green Building Issues & Liability
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Insurance Matters
  • Bid Protests & Public Procurement Issues
  • Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)
  • Blueprint Deviations
  • Licenses
  • Breach of Contract Issues
  • Michigan Builder's Trust Fund Act Claims
  • Building Code Violations
  • MIOSHA Investigations & Claims
  • Change Order Advice & Disputes
  • Miller Act Claims
  • Collateral Damage from Construction Projects
  • Mold Claims
  • Construction Liens & Foreclosure Actions
  • Project Closeout & Payment Disputes
  • Construction Claims: Defects, Extras, Delay, Acceleration, Loss of Efficiency, Differing Site Conditions
  • Project Bonding & Financing
  • Contracts: Negotiation, Interpretation, and Disputes involving AIA, EDJC. AGC and ConsensusDOCS
  • Payment & Performance Bonds
  • Contract Drafting: Standard and custom contracts for Design Professionals, Subcontractors, Government, and Supply
  • State and Federal Bond Claims
  • Design Defects
  • Suretyship
  • Design Professional Liability & Litigation

  • Defense of Job Site Injury Claims


Representative Cases Include:

    Aileen Leipprandt & Mark Rysberg
  • Negotiated 200 million IPD client for General Contractor
  • Negotiated a complex settlement in litigation involving a defunct development and multiple subcontractor liens and bank mortgages
  • Resolved claim against engineer prior to initiation of arbitration
  • Obtained a summary disposition in a lawsuit concerning a claim of lien
  • Successfully defended a general contractor at trial on a claim by subcontractor for a significant change order
  • Prepared and negotiated numerous commercial and residential construction contracts, including custom agreements and agreements prepared or endorsed by trade associations such as AIA, AGC, DBIA, EJCDC, and Grand Rapids HBA
  • Evaluated bid irregularities and potential bid protests on behalf of owners and construction professionals involved in public projects