As a full-service construction law practice, Doerner lawyers advise a wide range of the industry’s key players in Oklahoma: owners, general and subcontractors, material suppliers and lenders. We have in-depth knowledge of what it takes for successful completion of construction projects such as office, retail, churches, manufacturing and distribution facilities, as well as specialized projects like commercial equipment and oil and gas pipelines.
Our lawyers emphasize careful negotiation and drafting of contracts and loan documents at the start of every project, involving colleagues in our firm to resolve key tax, finance, safety, real estate and environmental issues. Once work is underway, we proactively help clients anticipate any questions or assertions that may later arise, which often enables disputes and claims to be settled through mediation or arbitration rather than more costly lawsuits.
When projects run into financial difficulties, owners, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers rely on our skill managing payment and performance bond claims, and handling mechanic and materialman liens. Clients frequently call on us to help with construction defect, delay, and changed conditions claims. If a matter requires, we rely on Doerner’s bankruptcy lawyers to handle the details of project restructuring or maximizing recovery on unpaid claims.
With extensive practical experience in construction projects, Doerner lawyers offer clients the kind of broad capabilities that smaller firms can’t match. Equally important, our clients know that we are “pain free” and easy to work with. Our focus is on business solutions, not problems, and we are committed to doing whatever is necessary for the full realization of our client’s goals.
Top Areas of Focus
Construction disputes involving delay and defect claims, payment bonds and liens
Construction contracts, from project documentation and work orders through completion.
Construction loans and public project financing
Workouts of troubled or defaulted loans.
Purchase and sale of construction companies
Contractor operations, including labor and occupational safety issues