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    Steptoe & Johnson’s Construction Team is well-equipped to assist construction companies that are facing the myriad of issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our attorneys handle claims relating to project delays, increased material costs, increased labor costs, and labor shortages.  We also routinely draft and interpret contract language dealing with undue delay, force majeure, and other business interruption issues.  Finally, we often collaborate with our safety attorneys to assure OSHA and regulatory compliance, our employment attorneys to assist with workforce management, and our corporate attorneys to assist with company organizational issues.  Each of these skill sets will become increasingly important for construction operators dealing not only with the immediate fallout of the pandemic, but also with the ever-evolving reopening process in the wake of COVID-19.  

    Our Team represents architects, engineers, and other design professionals, as well as owners, developers, builders, and trade associations.  The Team’s goal is to provide practical, cost-effective solutions with an emphasis on the prevention of contractual problems.

    Construction Team lawyers frequently collaborate with tax, project finance, environmental, real estate, and governmental agency relations lawyers to provide solutions for clients. In addition, team lawyers have developed a noteworthy experience in the intricacies of construction litigation.

    What Sets Us Apart
    • More than 40 areas of practice, allowing for cross-team collaboration
    • 90 lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Team leader is a fourth generation iron worker
    How We Have Helped
    • Project formation and assessments
    • Contract drafting and review
    • Contract disputes and bid protests
    • Alternative dispute resolution/mediation and arbitration
    • Trial and appellate cases
    • Project delivery system analysis
    • Mechanics’ liens
    • Project finance and bond counsel
    • Public service commissions and districts
    • Payment bond claims/surety bonds
    • Hazardous waste and environmental issues
    • Permitting architectural copyright
    • Business formation
    • Government contracts and regulations
    • Legislation and lobbying
    • Products liability defense (heavy equipment and machinery)
    • Intellectual property
    • Occupational safety and health
    • Malpractice liability defense
    • Risk management
    • Workers’ compensation
    Representative Experience
    • Represented owners and contractors in gas pipeline litigation throughout OH, PA, and WV
    • Experience handling arbitration defense of contractors against construction defect claims
    • Drafted and negotiated custom construction agreements
    • Negotiated settlements in multimillion-dollar cases involving wrongful death, product defect, professional malpractice, and construction defect claims
    • Prepared construction defect and faulty workmanship coverage opinions for multiple insurers
    • Defended owners, contractors, design professionals, and engineers in a variety of construction project disputes ranging from small business and commercial sites to multimillion-dollar industrial plants and facilities

    Team Members

    Tammie C. Alexander

    Member, Chair, Business Department

    Kevin E. Hess

    Of Counsel