Construction Dispute Resolution

Client and Industry Challenges

Even the best organization and contract preparation will not avoid every dispute on a construction project.  Disputes are bound to happen, but regardless of the size or complexity of the disagreement, involving experienced construction counsel at the earliest opportunity may prevent a minor dispute from becoming a major project impediment.

Snell & Wilmer’s construction team provides sound insight and counsel strengthened by decades of construction dispute resolution experience. Our team partners with our clients’ project and administrative personnel to craft strategies and unique dispute solutions which minimize cost and project disruption whenever possible. Our skilled problem solvers can often recommend methods to minimize disputes and maximize results. Often these solutions result in stronger working relationships between project partners and can turn projects from a road to disaster towards a path of success.

Clients We Serve

Clients who utilize our construction dispute resolution services represent a broad range of industries, including geothermal, solar and renewable energy; gas, coal and hydroelectric power facilities; power transmission lines and facilities; refineries; oil, gas and water pipelines; mining; water treatment and other facilities; cell towers; industrial complexes; commercial, industrial, retail structures and tenant improvements; high-rise and low-rise residential; government facilities and infrastructure; medical offices, urgent care facilities and hospitals; transportation, government and social infrastructure; hotels, casinos, ski resorts, recreational facilities and mixed-use development; condominiums and condominium-hotels; LEED and green building; and energy optimization retrofit sectors.

Why Clients Select Us

Comprehensive Service, Seamless Approach: With offices in nine major cities throughout the United States and Mexico, Snell & Wilmer’s construction lawyers have assisted clients with dispute resolution negotiation, partnering, DRB process, settlement conference, mediation, arbitration, adjudication, state and federal court litigation, bench and jury trials, appeals, administrative hearings and bid protests before tribunals. Our broad footprint allows our clients to expect a locally familiar but uniform approach to dispute resolution wherever their work finds them, and limits legal cost fluctuation.


When the best partnering ideas still cannot bridge the distance between positions, clients can rely on our construction team’s decades of experience in all types of construction, and our vast network of expert consultants to thoroughly understand our client’s perspective of the dispute, efficiently manage the resolution process, provide fair, unbiased and reasonable advice, and a make a determined effort to resolve the matter within the client’s goals and expectations.

Snell & Wilmer’s construction team boasts some of most sought after construction litigation lawyers in the United States. Our claims experience includes:

  • Differing site conditions
  • Cardinal changes
  • Delay, disruption, acceleration, force majeure, labor inefficiency, lost productivity and other schedule impact claims
  • Deficient construction and design
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Work supplementation and project abandonments
  • Strikes, labor unrest and benefit trust fund disputes
  • Project close out and substantial completion disputes
  • Change order disputes
  • Payment claims, mechanics liens, stop notices
  • Bond claims
  • Licensing disputes and citations
  • Bid protests
  • Site access
  • Terminations

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