Construction Law

At Friday, Eldredge & Clark, we assist all major players involved in design, development, contracting, and ownership of construction projects. We speak the language of the construction industry and thoroughly understand construction legal issues, providing multi-disciplinary assistance with contractual, real estate, and dispute resolution needs. We are a full-service construction law firm, drawing on the capabilities of professionals who have been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and other authoritative publications and organizations for their skill in serving construction industry clients.

Client focus

  • Developers
  • Owners
  • Contractors, subcontractors, and construction managers
  • Design professionals
  • State agencies
  • Suppliers

Services to developers

Real Estate

Our firm can meet developers’ needs for evaluating and acquiring construction sites, and for working with bankers or financing experts on site purchases. We are particularly skilled at complex real estate transactions, such as like-kind exchanges.


Whether a project encounters environmental issues concerning permitting, cleanup, or prevention, our firm provides advice and solutions to resolve the issue.


We assist developers in the preparation of documentation for acquisition, financing, and documenting performance standards for construction projects. That includes regularly representing and advising developers during pre-construction, construction, and close out.

Services to contractors and subcontractors

Labor and employment

Contractors and subcontractors often employ many levels of employees and contract laborers, and our lawyers have practical experience at advising contractor clients on all aspects of federal and state regulation of labor and employment matters. That includes wage and hour law, as well as anti-discrimination statutes.

Worksite safety

Our firm has a strong reputation for defending contractors in workers' compensation and personal injury claims, and at assisting proactively with ensuring worksite safety (including compliance with OSHA requirements and investigations).


We represent general contractors in controversies that involve bid protests and mistakes, cost disputes, design error, defective installation, and contract disputes. These disputes typically involve multiple parties and are highly fact intensive, and we use our industry knowledge to resolve the problem in ways that minimize expense and time for our clients—often through alternative means such as mediation and arbitration.

Services to owners

When project owners serve as their own developers, we offer them the full range of transactional, land-use, contractual, and dispute resolution services that developers require. This includes representing municipalities and other government entities as developers/owners of major real estate and construction projects in tandem with private parties.