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Vandeventer Black handles construction defect litigation with a team approach.  Our construction team members include licensed attorneys with hands-on construction experience, as well as degreed engineers, and a registered architect.  Our team members are experienced litigators ready for trial when necessary, but we are also strong negotiators to help achieve fair settlements without trial when possible.  We use our team’s wide array of practical and legal construction project experiences to address our clients’ construction defect needs, and meet their established goals relating to the consequences of construction related defects.

This allows us to assist clients in all phases of construction defect related matters, from investigation, to negotiation, or as necessary litigation.  We have experience representing all participants in the construction defect arena, including commercial owners, government owners, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and manufacturers.  We have extensive experience both defending and pursuing insured defect related claims, and in negotiating for or with insurance carriers involved in defect related claims, and their claims adjusters.  We also have extensive experience in defending or pursuing surety bonds posted for construction projects that could affect liability or provide a means for payment, including payment and performance bonds.

Construction Defect Practice

As part of our practice, we regularly become involved in drafting, negotiating, and as necessary litigating indemnity and insurance coverage issues.  Once liability has been established, our team helps clients turn their focus upon collecting moneys they may be required to pay because of someone else’s defect, negligence or inattentiveness through subrogation and indemnity actions.  Or, for those wrongly accused of defect, negligence or inattentiveness, we use our experiences to defend them against such claims or alternatively pursue those more culpable through appropriate third-party actions.


Our construction defect experiences include defects and projects of varied types and complexities relating to the full realm of construction projects, including commercial buildings, multi-family residential / housing projects, bridges, roads, schools, hospitals, etc., and the full realm of construction materials, including roofing materials, drywall and gypsum materials, steel and other metals, fire protection equipment, plumbing and electrical supplies, etc.  Our experience runs the full gamut of construction project defects / defect claims, whether they are design, construction, equipment, or material related.

Our Construction Defect Attorneys 

Our construction defect attorneys are licensed in many states, including Virginia, North Carolina, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and New York and we have handled construction defect matters throughout much of the United States, and abroad.

Construction Site Falls, Injuries & Fines
George M. Nicholos
Authored by attorney George M. Nicholos Falls are the leading cause of death in construction according to the latest OSHA reports. OSHA or the Occupational Safety Health Administration was created by the Occupational Safety and Health Act enacted by Congress in 1970. Under the Act, employers have a responsibility to ...
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Rebound in Construction Activity?
George M. Nicholos
Authored by attorney George M. Nicholos The Architecture Billings Index for February of 2013 indicates a continued strong pace in design activity in architectural firms and suggests an oncoming jump in nonresidential construction spending during the second half of this year. The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is a composite index ...
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New Restrictions on Mechanic’s Lien in Virginia
James R. Harvey
Authored by attorney James R. Harvey The 2013 Virginia General Assembly passed a new law further complicating Virginia’s mechanic’s lien laws. The bill, which passed with wide support in the House of Delegates and Senate amends Va. Code §43-3 to now prohibit liens by those without a valid Virginia contractor’s ...
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