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Construction Law

Fort Lauderdale Construction Attorney Serving Your Construction Needs

Building a project, whether residential or commercial, is a complex undertaking involving numerous parties, processes, and materials. Every project faces a number of potential challenges, from before construction begins, throughout the duration of the project, and even after construction is completed. These challenges can almost always be overcome, but unfortunately, the solutions aren’t always simple — unless you turn to a Fort Lauderdale construction lawyer at our firm. 

Olive Judd is a full-service construction law firm serving the Fort Lauderdale and South Florida areas. Our construction lawyers have the knowledge, skill, and experience you need to meet any challenges you may face with a focus on achieving the best possible result. Call us at (954) 334-2250 or visit us online to schedule a consultation with a Fort Lauderdale construction attorney to learn more about how we can help you. 

Who We Represent

The Fort Lauderdale construction lawyers at Olive Judd are positioned to help almost any party to a construction project. We’ve worked with the following parties in a wide variety of projects: 

  • Developers
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Contractors
  • Property Owners
  • Purchasers

We understand the unique needs of each party to any construction project and tailor our services to meet your specific needs. 

The Legal Services Our Construction Lawyers Provide

The experience of our firm in all aspects of real estate, land use, zoning, and construction law provides us with a unique perspective in analyzing a project from all angles to ensure the rights of our clients are thoroughly protected. We handle construction projects of all types – residential, retail, industrial, and office projects. 

In addition to general construction law and related litigation, our construction law group also works closely with lawyers in our business and employment practices. As a result, we are able to assist you with any issue you may encounter in the construction industry. 

Construction Contract Review, Drafting, and Negotiation

Every construction project begins with the construction contract. Whether you are using an AIA contract or a non-form contract, it is imperative to have legal representation involved so that all parties have a clear understanding of their obligations, rights, and potential risks in regard to the project. We can review your contracts to ensure that the contract is clear, fair, and offers you adequate protection in the event of a dispute or default. We also work closely with our clients to draft form contracts that meet your business needs. 

As part of the contract process, it is often necessary to negotiate terms. We provide legal representation to our clients throughout the negotiation process in order to avoid one-sided, onerous contracts that serve only the other side. Our Fort Lauderdale construction attorney will work diligently to protect your rights and best interests. 

Construction Liens

Florida’s construction lien law is extremely technical and even a minor mistake or a missed deadline can result in the loss of your claim. Complying with the time periods and notice requirements are critical to contractors and owners alike to ensure their valuable rights are protected. 

We work with our clients at every step of the construction lien process. We can assist contractors and subcontractors with sending the appropriate notices and timely filing a Claim of Lien. We also have the experience necessary to pursue litigation to enforce the lien so that you can be paid for whatever work, services, or materials you have invested in the project. If you believe that a construction lien has been unjustly filed against your property, we also have the experience you need to challenge the lien to get it removed.  

Contract Disputes

Timeliness is critical to the successful completion of any construction project. When disputes arise, you need a construction lawyer who can respond to your issues quickly and aggressively. Our construction lawyers have extensive experience in handling contract disputes. From defaults on contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to minor vendor issues, we work with you to get the dispute resolved as quickly as possible so that you can move on with the project. In the event that the dispute cannot be resolved amicably, our attorneys are able to fully litigate your issue to protect your rights. 

Construction and Design Defect Litigation

When taking possession of a new building, property owners often expect the finished product to be perfect. Unfortunately, nothing is ultimately perfect, despite our best efforts. We also work with our clients to defend against claims involving construction and design defects. From challenging the claim brought against your company to navigating the complexities of your insurance coverage, we can help you face these claims successfully. 

Bid Disputes

We also represent clients in bid disputes involving government contracts. Our Fort Lauderdale construction attorneys have an in-depth understanding of the legal requirements the government must follow when awarding a contract. Our team can assist you in filing a protest either before or after the contract has been awarded. 

Lien Foreclosure and Bond Claims

Some projects reach a point where the only option may be to begin the lien foreclosure process. A Fort Lauderdale construction attorney can help you through the foreclosure process so that you can be compensated for the labor, materials, or services you provided to the project. 

If the property owner objects to the lien, they may transfer the lien to a bond. If this happens in your case, it’s important to understand that you must take action or you could lose your rights. We can help you respond to the bond, defend your rights, and get a fair outcome. 

Labor and Employment Law

In addition to the typical construction issues, your business may also face numerous labor and employment issues. Each Fort Lauderdale construction lawyer at our firm can also assist you with the following: 

  • FLSA claims
  • OSHA claims
  • FMLA claims
  • Worker’s compensation issues
  • Personal injury defense
  • Insurance litigation
  • Wrongful termination claims
  • Discrimination claims

In addition to providing an aggressive legal defense to any claim, we can also help you develop sound internal practices and procedures to reduce the number of claims and your overall liability exposure. 

Olive Judd – Contact a Fort Lauderdale Construction Attorney 

Our attorneys have an in-depth understanding of the nature of construction projects and know that conflicts often arise. We work closely with our clients to identify and resolve potential issues early in the process to minimize problems and delays once construction begins. Sometimes, however, conflicts cannot be resolved without legal action and the firm’s highly skilled litigation attorneys help our clients navigate the complex area of construction law. We approach each matter with the highest degree of professionalism and provide our clients with the guidance and advice they need to achieve their business goals. If you’d like to learn more about our firm and the value-added services we provide, contact us at (954) 334-2250 to meet with a Fort Lauderdale construction attorney.