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Construction and Real Estate Law Services

Construction Litigation


The Construction Law attorneys at Smith Haughey have successfully represented client interests in construction projects throughout Michigan that involve clear-cut to complex legal and technical issues.


Should disputes or claims arise, we advocate client interests in the most efficient manner possible. We are recognized as one of the state’s most formidable litigation firms, and we seek courtroom or arbitration remedies whenever necessary. However, a number of our construction attorneys are trained mediators, enabling us to pursue alternative dispute resolution methods that can minimize expenses and keep projects running more smoothly. 

We represent clients - large and small - from across the entire spectrum of the construction process, including:

  • Owners
  • Architects
  • Designers
  • Manufacturers
  • Equipment operators
  • Real estate developers
  • General and trade contractors
  • Engineers
  • Suppliers
  • Construction material consumers


We represent our clients in every phase of the construction process, from zoning and tax matters, to financing and bonding, to contract negotiation and construction liens, and beyond. And we frequently draft or evaluate construction documents for our clients in order to avoid potential future litigation. Some of our areas of expertise include:

    Construction accidents
    Construction liens
    Construction litigation
    Construction defects
    Contract disputes
    Contract drafting and interpretation
    Delay and acceleration claims
    Defaults, threatened and actual
    Insurance Coverage issues
    Labor and employment issues
    Payment and performance bonds
    Professional licensing
    Project finance
    Real estate matters
    Workers' compensation
    Zoning and planning variances
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