The Construction Law practice group at Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. has a national reputation in the field of construction law for six reasons: experience, leadership, knowledge, focus, judgment, and value.
Our trial-tested construction law attorneys form one of the largest construction law departments in the nation. We have handled major construction disputes in 49 states. In the Twin Cities area alone, we have represented clients involved in such well-known projects as:
Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. has litigated, arbitrated, or mediated construction disputes in 49 states.
The members of our Construction Law practice group are recognized as leaders in their field by their peers.
Four are Fellows, and one is the Past President, of the select American College of Construction Lawyers.
Membership in the College is by national peer election and our firm has the maximum number of members allowed.
Our members serve in prominent positions with the American Bar Association:
Two members of the practice group have served as the Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Section on Construction Law and several have served on the Section's Governing Council.
Six members of our department have been recognized by their peers as "Super Lawyers" in the field of Construction Law in the Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics, two have been singled out as top 100 "Super Lawyers" in the entire state, and several of our younger attorneys have been similarly recognized as "Rising Stars".
Various members of the practice group have held leadership positions in industry organizations such as the Minnesota chapters of the AGC, ABC, ASA, MUCA, MCA and CSI.
The depth of our commitment to our profession, the construction industry, and our clients can be judged by the depth of our involvement in these organizations.
Several of Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A.'s Construction Law attorneys are nationally-known lecturers on construction law topics through programs sponsored by Federal Publications, the Cambridge Institute, Lorman Educational Services and numerous continuing legal education seminars.
Others are frequent authors in leading legal treatises published by Aspen and Matthew Bender, journals on construction law such as The Journal of the ACCL, The Construction Lawyer and West's Briefing Papers, and various trade publications such as The Punchlist, Construction Law and Business, and The Construction Company Strategist. The firm also has attorneys with engineering training and several are CDT certified by the Construction Specifications Institute.
Our depth of knowledge and scholarship gives our clients unique competitive advantages in avoiding, negotiating, or litigating disputes.
This wealth of experience and knowledge allows us to focus on and provide counsel in all aspects of construction law and the construction process including:
We have worked extensively in both the public and private sectors throughout the United States, and our clients span all sectors of the industry and include contractors, owners, design professionals, subcontractors, sureties, insurers and lenders. The diversity of our clientele and the breadth of our experience give us a unique overview and special insights into the many construction issues we are called upon to resolve.
Because of Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A.'s experience in resolving disputes, many clients regularly engage firm members for preventive planning. Such planning includes contract review and negotiation and risk allocation advice. In today's complex legal and business environment, lack of planning or poor decision-making can result in catastrophic losses.
Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. has the legal and technical knowledge and experience to provide effective assistance to clients at any stage of the construction process.
The resolution of a construction dispute sometimes costs as much as the amount in dispute. Our judgment, based on our experience and knowledge, can help you find a cost-effective way through the maze of litigation, arbitration, mediation or other ADR alternatives that your problem may present.
Many of our lawyers are members of the National Construction Arbitrators and Mediators Panel of the American Arbitration Association, and are themselves experienced arbitrators and certified mediators. Our understanding of alternative dispute resolution methods is excellent, making our advice invaluable to clients trying to choose the best means by which to resolve a dispute.
Our clients are concerned with the "bottom line" and so are we. Our goal is to approach your legal problems in a focused, practical and cost efficient manner. In short, we want to provide quality and value. We do this by understanding your goals and then planning a course of action with your involvement to achieve your objectives efficiently and effectively.
Our clients are comfortable working with schedules and cost estimates and so are we. Due to the low overhead we enjoy as a smaller firm, our hourly rates compare very favorably to other local or national firms practicing in our area of the law. In appropriate cases, we have also created alternative billing arrangements such as capped fees, blended rates, and contingent fees to address the budget needs of our clients.
We are sensitive to your cost concerns. We do not always need to "turn over every stone" while working on your case. Based on our experience and judgment, we know which "stones" are worth looking under and which are not, which translates into significant cost savings for our clients.
We believe that after speaking with any one of our attorneys you will be confident in our abilities to add value to your operations and solve your construction related problems. We look forward to helping you.