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Construction and Design

Our team has significant experience navigating construction and design disputes. We have handled a wide variety of construction disputes in trials, arbitrations, and mediations, and frequently provide advice about construction contracts, preservation of claims and evidence ahead of repairs, and use of construction documents.

Representing Owners against Contractors

We have represented private and commercial owners, developers, municipalities, associations, industrial owners, and public institutions in breach of contract claims, disputes over code compliance, lien claims, change order disputes, and other issues. 

Defending Contractors and Subcontractors

We have defended contractors and subcontractors in commercial litigation and bid disputes and in many types of claims by owners and third-party occupants or visitors of facilities. In addition, we have extensive experience with construction contract disputes and negotiations.

Defending Design Professionals

We have represented architects, engineers, and other design professionals against a wide variety of claims of defective or unsafe design and construction, including claims of wrongful death, personal injury, structural failures causing property damage, roofing failures, facade failures, spalled flooring, and many other internal and external conditions. We have assisted architects and engineers in disputes with regulatory agencies, such as licensing disputes. We have defended architects in claims of cost overruns involving entertainment facilities, shopping mall developments, institutional facilities, and other types of projects. In some cases, these claims have been resolved in arbitrations or mediations. In other cases, we have been able to resolve the disputes through negotiations—often in a way that preserves the client relationship and opportunities for additional business.

Lawrence Shapiro
Mark Johnson
Amran Farah

Practice Contact

Mark L. Johnson
612.373.8377

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    Our attorneys routinely handle a myriad of insurance and reinsurance analyses and disputes, including fraud investigation, coverage and measurement evaluation, and insurance arbitrations and litigation.

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Whether you are an owner, a designer, or a contractor, Greene Espel has the experience to deliver timely, business sensitive advice and dispute-resolution services—all the way from helping draft contracts that protect your interests to handling claims at trial.

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