Building and Construction

While our clients build structures for their clients, we build confidence and trust with ours by ensuring they have the right legal foundation to address the opportunities and challenges that come their way.

HSE has built a statewide reputation as a provider of legal services in the construction and building trades. Our attorneys have extensive experience advising and representing various members of the building and construction community on legal issues relating to project development in the planning, transaction, and building stages.

Our multidisciplinary Building and Construction practice area cuts across the substantive areas of real estate, financing, environmental, land use and zoning, general corporate issues, and litigation. The practice provides counseling throughout the entire continuum of project management: drafting the initial land acquisition documents, design and planning, bidding and contract negotiations, and the various legal issues that arise during and subsequent to construction. As a corollary to the work we perform relative to construction matters, HSE provides extensive arbitration and litigation services. 

Bidding and Document Preparation
Our attorneys are experienced and skilled at reviewing and preparing bid documents, and assisting in the change-order process.

Legal Advice and Representation on Contract Matters
Well-crafted agreements are the foundation of every successful construction project. Our attorneys have vast experience negotiating, drafting and analyzing design, supplier and construction contracts, project specifications, and agreements relating to insurance, supplemental conditions and financing agreements. They can also aid in the updating and standardization of the contracts, whenever warranted.

Litigation/Dispute Resolution
The firm’s dispute resolution services in all its various forms – mediation, arbitration and litigation – involve issues relating to defective construction, defective building products, fee disputes, contract performance, finance and warranty claims, mechanic’s liens and bond claims, insurance coverage issues, bid protests, general liability, tort, environmental compliance orders, zoning and building code compliance, design and survey errors, and contractor default/bankruptcy.

Our Clients

  • Real Estate Owners (residential, commercial and industrial owners)
  • Private and Public Developers
  • Contractors/Subcontractors
  • Governmental Entities
  • Lenders
  • Suppliers
  • Demolition Companies
  • Engineering and Architectural Design Firms
  • Construction Management Firms
  • Insurers
  • Sureties


Key Contacts


This website presents only general information not intended as legal advice. Although we encourage calls, letters and emails from prospective clients, please keep in mind that merely contacting Harter Secrest & Emery LLP (HSE) does not establish an attorney-client relationship between us. Confidential information should not be sent to HSE until you have been notified in writing by HSE that a formal attorney-client relationship has been established. Information sent to us before then may not be treated as confidential by HSE or the court.

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