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Our mission is to provide our construction clients with excellent, innovative and cost effective legal services that solve problems and resolve disputes. Our attorneys bring a wide array of legal and practical construction experience to our clients.

Vandeventer Black’s Construction Law services include:

  • Contract negotiations and preparations, including company formations, teaming agreements, joint ventures, and project financing.
  • Contract and other disputes resolution, including claims analysis, claims preparation, and claims resolution through mechanic’s liens, payment bonds, mediation, arbitration, litigation or other disputes processes.
  • Construction defect litigation including disputes regarding moisture intrusion, roofing and equipment warranties, design defects and defective subcontractor work.
  • Safety, environmental and other regulatory compliance, including assessments, action planning, administrative hearings, and appellate proceedings.
  • Employment contracts, wages and regulatory compliance, including wage determinations, benefits, right-to-work laws, labor agreements, and non-competes.
  • Procurement fraud compliance, including false claims acts, qui tam actions, whistleblower matters, crimes against corporations, and white-collar criminal actions.
  • We assist insurers with claims and risk management, as well as defend and resolve construction project claims.

Our construction law experience includes projects of all types and complexity including vertical, heavy civil and industrial construction including commercial and institutional buildings, multifamily housing projects, airports, marine facilities, bridges and highways, hospitals, power and processing facilities and waste water treatment plants. Our clients include local, regional and national general contractors, subcontractors, specialty contractors and suppliers, architecture and engineering firms, insurers, sureties, owners, developers and local government entities. We engage in litigation and arbitration for clients throughout the United States.

Our Construction Team members include attorneys with field experience, civil and mechanically degreed engineers, a registered professional engineer, and a registered architect with extensive experience in forensic architecture. Our Construction Team attorneys are licensed in a variety of states including Virginia, North Carolina, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Florida, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York, and have handled construction matters nationally and internationally.

Now That’s A Steel: VDOT Issues Memorandum for Steel Escalation Price Adjustments
Gaela R. Normile
Construction material prices have been extremely volatile, negatively impacting virtually all projects. Recently, VDOT issued guidance on steel escalation, but for VDOT projects only. VDOT’s July 27, 2022 memorandum provides that VDOT will consider pay adjustments by change order for the unexpected rise in prices for steel used on projects ...
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New Statutory Requirements for Condominium Inspections Following the Collapse of Champlain Towers South in Florida
George M. Nicholos
Heightened statutory inspection and maintenance requirements in high-rise condominium buildings emphasize the critical importance of similar inspection and maintenance regimens for similarly situated properties. On June 24, 2021, Champlain Towers South, a 12-story oceanfront condominium building suddenly and unexpectedly collapsed killing 98 people.  On May 25, 2022, almost one year ...
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Emergency Action Plans
Neil S. Lowenstein
An Effective, and Necessary, Collaborative Tool for Job Site Safety As Construction Safety Week 2002 wanes, we want to discuss emergency action planning. OSHA requires formalized Emergency Action Plans (EAP) for all employers. For companies with more than 10 employees, the EAP must be written; but companies with fewer than ...
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Weed on the Jobsite: Understanding Virginia’s Marijuana Legalization

A webinar in collaboration with the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance. This video discusses the new Virginia law and how it will affect construction and mining safety in Virginia.

Virginia Workplace Emergency Temporary Standard

This webinar discusses Governor Northam’s executive order #63 to create an Emergency Temporary Standard as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Overall purpose: establish requirements for employers to control, prevent, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among employees and other persons (including customers).

Vandeventer Black’s 2020 Virginia New Legislation Update: Guidance for the Construction Industry

Virginia’s 2020 General Assembly session enacted significant changes to many laws impacting the construction industry. Substantial new funding now exists for construction projects, but may be impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Many of the new laws impact public contracting with state and local governments, CM at risk thresholds, risk allocation in contracts and subcontracts, statutes of limitation, liability for unpaid employee wages, employee misclassification, project labor agreements, and subcontractor relations.

How can you prepare to deal with this changing landscape? What do you need to do to adapt to the new laws?

Richmond Attorney’s Selected for Inclusion on the 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers List
Construction, Firm News
Douglas M. Palais
Vandeventer Black attorney was selected to be included on the 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers list by Thompson Reuters. This renowned rating service considers attorneys from over 70 different practice areas that are nominated based on professional accomplishments and peer recognition. Douglas M. Palais, Securities Litigation Other awarding bodies have recognized ...
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Vandeventer Black Attorney’s Selected for Inclusion to the 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers List
Construction, Firm News
Vandeventer Black
Vandeventer Black attorneys were selected to be included on the 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers list by Thompson Reuters. This renowned rating service considers attorneys from over 70 different practice areas that are nominated based on professional accomplishments and peer recognition.  Also, attorneys from the Norfolk and Richmond offices received the ...
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