Construction Litigation

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Throughout the years, the Kirkland & Ellis Construction Law Practice Group has successfully litigated and arbitrated disputes involving some of the most high-profile construction projects in the world. These include claims of defective engineering for reservoirs, dams and tunnels, disputes over the safe design and construction of nuclear plants, and litigating the cause of sports stadium and building collapses. The Construction Law Group practices in state and federal courts and arbitration forums throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, including in International Arbitration forums. View our Construction Law Brochure.

Trial Experience
“A go-to firm. A class act.”
“A litigation powerhouse.” —Chambers USA, 2014

Kirkland’s Construction Law Group brings a unique advantage in high-stakes construction and engineering disputes. The Construction Law Group is comprised of attorneys who are extensively trained to try high-value, complex cases in any forum. As recognized by numerous media outlets, Kirkland is the firm of choice by general counsel when big case litigation is involved. Kirkland brings its trial and advocacy experience to bear on all construction and engineering disputes it handles, which, as experience has taught, consistently provides the client with the best result either by judgment or settlement. This strength is shown by the many attorneys in Kirkland’s Construction Law Group who have also successfully tried a wide variety of notable cases outside of the construction arena to landmark verdicts and judgments.

Broad Knowledge
“There is a depth of experience; the team provides a wide range of expertise and has seen and done just about everything.” —Chambers USA, 2013

Kirkland provides a unique advantage for construction and engineering companies, given its breadth of practice area knowledge. Today many complex domestic and international construction disputes require, and will significantly benefit from, related practice group guidance. Kirkland’s experience in government contracting, insurance coverage, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other related areas has proven highly beneficial to Construction Law Group clients.

Client Counseling
“Very experienced practice and very effective in understanding the strategy for effective and positive resolution from the standpoint of the company. They know the terrain, know the courts very well and have an excellent work product.” —Chambers USA, 2014

Kirkland’s Construction Law Group also devotes a substantial amount of time to contract negotiation and drafting, project oversight and pre-litigation counseling. Because Kirkland knows and can anticipate litigation issues, Kirkland has a special advantage in advising clients on how to avoid potential costly disputes. Importantly, this guidance has proven valuable for putting clients in the best possible posture in the event of potential litigation — often resulting in the settlement of claims before litigation has commenced.

“They are respectful of their clients’ time and they’re well organized. It’s a pleasure to work with the Kirkland people.” —Chambers USA, 2013

Kirkland recognizes that success in any type of construction law case depends on the close coordination with and satisfaction of the client’s in house counsel. While providing legal services of preeminent quality, Kirkland pays close attention to cost controls and cost-effectiveness and is committed to providing clients with realistic budgets and, where appropriate, alternative fee arrangements.

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