Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer’s (MWL) construction defect practice group has the ability to defend all construction related professions and trades including general contractors, subcontractors, engineers, construction managers, owners and architects and their insurers in multi-party complex litigation in state and federal courts. Our construction cases often involve large scale commercial and residential developments but also include single family dwellings, smaller commercial buildings, warehouses, office building and other projects.

We will get our team working for you from the inception of the claim to identify and retain the appropriate experts and then coordinate their work to make certain that evidence is preserved, the root causes of the issues are discovered, and the proper responsible parties identified. We have teams of experts at our disposal including architects and engineers of all sorts. We will analyze the contracts, construction documents applicable, laws and codes to identify responsibilities, and insurance coverages.

Our litigators will cost-effectively navigate your claims, lawsuits, arbitrations, and mediations no matter the complexity or nature of the claims. Some of the claims we are equipped to handle include:

  • Building Envelope Failures
  • Windows
  • Design Errors
  • Water Damage
  • Flashing
  • Firestops
  • Fire Protection
  • EIFS
  • Foundations
  • Concrete
  • Soils
  • Waterproofing
  • Caulking
  • Mold
  • Structural Defects
  • Roof Failures
  • Mechanical
  • HVAC
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Faulty Materials
  • Contract Compliance

Our construction defect team also serves as national subrogation counsel to one of America’s largest and most admired homebuilders. In that capacity, MWL is able to assist builders in recouping tens of millions of dollars in damages, warranty claims, and attorneys’ fees from subcontractors and their insurers through additional insured endorsements.

Whether its defending those within the construction industry from claims of defective work and personal injury claims or seeking to recover in contribution and subrogation from contractors downstream and third parties, MWL’s team of construction attorneys will help you navigate the complex maze of expert opinions, motion practice and insurance coverage disputes that routinely accompany these cases.