Construction Law

Adams Bell Adams is well known for its history of serving the construction industry.  Its regular clients include general and specialty contractors, developers, municipal owners, and design professionals. Our areas of service include contract drafting and negotiation, project conflict management, claims and other contract litigation, mechanics liens and bond claims, public bidding, regulatory issues, and labor relations.  We have been recognized by "Best Lawyers" for construction law and construction litigation since 2007, and by "Superlawyers" for construction law and litigation since 2008.  The firm is a longtime associate member of the New York Chapter of Associated General Contractors of America and the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry.

In construction, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so we are frequently called upon to draft, review and/or negotiate contract documents before the project begins.  Increasingly, too, our clients involve us in potential claims and other project disputes before they become litigation, often while they can still be managed.  When payment disputes arise, the firm's attorneys are well versed in New York's mechanics lien and payment bond requirements.  We are also experienced at prosecuting and defending claims for delay, extra work, breach of contract, wrongful termination, and defective construction or design.  In the area of labor relations, our attorneys have significant experience representing contractors in prevailing wage investigations by the New York Sate Department of Labor, and in unfair labor practice cases before National Labor Relations Board.  We have also had success in litigation challenging the use of project labor agreements in public work, and we have represented contractors in grievance arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements.

Samples of our work in the reported cases may be found on our Litigation Services page.