Accomplished lawyers for construction disputes

Contractual allocation of risk, via indemnity agreements and insurance, is the cornerstone of the construction industry.  Often, however, the agreed-upon allocation is jeopardized by parties who fail to meet their contractual obligations. With their extensive experience in both construction and insurance law, the attorneys at GTTC are uniquely qualified to hold contracting parties and insurance companies to their contractual bargains.  GTTC has partnered with countless owners, developers, contractors, and design professionals to enforce contracts and insurance policies in projects ranging from single family homes to the largest and most complex construction projects in the Pacific Northwest.

Representative Matters

Summary judgment win secures confidential settlement

Brendan Winslow-Nason, Mark Wilner, and John Cadagan represented a global real estate investor in a dispute involving the construction of a 450 unit, four-tower apartment complex. Messrs. Winslow-Nason, Wilner, and Cadagan won partial summary judgment over several defendants who involved in the design and construction of the complex, which led to a favorable settlement for GTTC’s client.

D.C. Court rules for building owner in construction defect dispute

A large, multi-employer pension fund with significant real estate holdings was involved in a multi-million dollar construction defect suit involving extensive water damage in a building it owned in Washington, D.C. Dale Kingman represented the pension fund in complex, multi-party litigation that ended in a three-month trial. The court awarded significant damages to repair leaks and resulting water damage throughout the building. Dale also obtained substantial recoveries for the owners through pre-trial settlements. In post-trial motions, Dale also recovered Attorney fees and in a companion coverage case brought in Boston, a significant insurance recovery for the client for covered damages not awarded by the D.C. Court.

Successful defense of construction delay case

Michael Rosenberger defended the condo association operating the historic Macy’s building in downtown Seattle against a claim by one of the association’s members.  Plaintiff claimed $5.3 million in alleged construction delay damages arising out of a seismic retrofit.  Plaintiff claimed that a water main that supplied the building’s fire suppression system had leaked, that the association had failed to maintain it, and that the alleged leak had caused lengthy delays in the excavation for shear wall footings beneath the building.  GTTC developed evidence that the construction delays were due to groundwater and mistakes by plaintiff’s contractor and that in any event Plaintiff failed to prove any effect on the project’s critical path. The case settled for approximately 10% of claimed damages.