Construction Law


Our experience in Construction Law includes reviewing and preparing construction contracts for owners, contractors, and subcontractors; filing and enforcing mechanics’ liens (as well as defending such claims); providing advice and claims review management; appearing before the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Board for Contractors; and mediating, arbitrating, and litigating construction disputes.

ThompsonMcMullan has substantial experience representing owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in construction matters for both public and private properties.

We are affiliated with the Association of General Contractors of Virginia, Inc., the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, the Construction Financial Management Association, Richmond Homebuilders Association, and the Richmond Area Municipal Contractors Association.

Our experience includes:

  • Drafting and negotiating terms of construction contracts.
  • Representing contractors before the DPOR Board for Contractors with respect to licensing issues.
  • Representing homebuilders before the DPOR.
  • Serving as General Counsel for the Homebuilding Association of Richmond (HBAR).
  • Representing general contractors in defense of construction defect claims.
  • Representing property owners and tenants in the defense of accessibility claims under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Representing clients in various parts of the country in bridge and large structure construction litigation.
  • Representing contractors in disputes with the Virginia Department of Transportation regarding contract claims.
  • Representing clients in the construction of single family and multi-family housing, hotels, industrial facilities, commercial projects, utilities, municipal water projects, roads, and bridges.
  • Representing clients in bid protest proceedings.
  • Successfully prosecuting numerous mechanics’ lien cases on behalf of contractors, subcontractors, and materialmen.
  • Prosecuting Miller Act and Little Miller Act claims on behalf of contractors and suppliers in state and federal courts.

Specific case examples include*:

  • Obtaining a ruling invalidating multiple mechanics’ lien claims on various properties owned by an energy company.
  • Successfully defending a site contractor in a suit alleging negligence in the construction of a retention basin.
  • Representing a Saudi-owned pipe manufacturer in a suit by general contractor alleging claims for fraud and breach of warranty.
  • Obtaining favorable outcomes for an industrial equipment manufacturer throughout the country in multiple cases arising out of the manufacture, construction and installation of equipment used in processing and power-generating facilities.

*Disclaimer: Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. ThompsonMcMullan cannot guarantee or predict similar results in any future case taken by the attorney.