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Construction Contracts and Litigation Law

The attorneys within the Construction Contracts and Litigation Department of the Davis Brown Law Firm represent a wide variety of clients in the construction industry, including commercial and residential general contractors, developers, architectural and design firms, engineers, subcontractors and material suppliers, as well as commercial and residential property owners.

In regards to transaction matters,  Davis Brown attorneys assist their clients with pre-contract negotiations; construction contract preparation and review; providing advice throughout construction projects as questions arise; working with municipalities and investors on the development of construction projects; providing counsel on tax credit projects; handling environmental law issues; acting as bond counsel in the issuance of revenue bonds; and otherwise assisting in the financing of private and public construction projects.

In regards to litigation and dispute-related matters, Davis Brown attorneys prosecute for, and defend, clients in construction lawsuits in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings. They assist their clients with the following types of matters:

  • Defense of professional liability claims in defective design and construction cases
  • AIA contract, residential contract,  and other contract disputes
  • Bid protests
  • Declaratory judgment actions on insurance coverage
  • Warranty claims
  • Mechanic's liens
  • Chapter 573 (public project) claims
  • Personal injury suits involving construction sites
  • Investigations concerning misapplication of government funds
  • Realtor questions
  • Seller disclosure questions
  • Land ownership and land right disputes
  • Mold and water intrusion claims
  • Nuisance actions and other disputes involving municipalities
  • Disputes with bonding companies over completion of projects in default

Davis Brown attorneys take pride in keeping their construction clients educated on pertinent laws. Since the new Mechanic's Lien Law took effect January 1, 2013, and in the lead up to that change, Davis Brown attorneys have spoken prolifically and otherwise educated their clients on the new law and on compliance with it. These educational opportunities include complimentary webinars.

The firm's construction law attorneys are active members and leaders in the Home Builders' Association of Greater Des Moines, National Association of Women in Construction, Iowa State Bar Association Construction Law Section and other construction-related organizations.