Slates Harwell LLP

Construction Department

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What the team is known for A noted construction dispute practice, acting for contractors in claims resulting from construction and development projects. Also brings expertise in the homebuilding sector, advising builders on a range of contractual and regulatory issues. Offers wider experience in IP and branding matters.

Strengths Clients consider the firm to be "true construction specialists," as well as "responsive and efficient."

Others describe the firm as "responsive, with a thorough understanding of the business, the risks and needs of its clients."

Interviewees also note its "knowledge of construction law and exceptional client service."

Work highlights Represented Andres Construction in a multiparty lawsuit involving allegations that Reflok materials used in the HVAC system in a high-rise apartment building are defective, causing corrosion and ultimate failure of the system.

Notable practitioners

Gregory Harwell is praised for his skill in handling "the more complicated disputes" by one client, who adds: "He's a go-to in big, ugly cases." He represents contractors and developers in the negation of construction contracts, as well as in the litigation or arbitration of disputes. He has notable expertise in cases involving bond claims and mechanics’ liens.

John Slates is described by clients as "a spectacular trial lawyer" for his construction disputes-focused practice. He acts for prominent contractors and homebuilders. He also ably advises clients on design and construction agreements.