Construction and Engineering Litigation
Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot has an extensive practice in construction law. Whether helping owners, contractors or project managers with funding and financing issues during conceptual design phases; providing legal advice and guidance during construction; or assisting in the successful resolution of post-completion claims or litigation, our attorneys have broad experience supporting clients through all phases of construction projects.
The firm’s construction law practice has included the representation of large corporate and public clients and the provision of construction defense as Alaska counsel for many national insurance companies. We consistently focus on carefully managing client risk in a manner that controls legal costs. This requires early and careful evaluation of disputes to identify strengths and weaknesses so that our clients can pursue settlement or litigation based on realistic appraisals of the risks and benefits of alternative courses of action.
Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot attorneys draft and review complex construction contracts and multiparty agreements, always with a careful eye toward protecting the client’s interests and reducing unnecessary risk. We have found this practical approach to litigation avoidance during construction contracting to be particularly effective, helping our clients focus their valuable resources directly on the project.
Our construction law group is well versed in various forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including such tools as mediation, proceedings under the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and dispute review boards. This experience provides our attorneys with important breadth and depth in the construction law practice.
If disputes or issues arise that cannot be resolved through informal means, we have the skills and resources to litigate in virtually any forum, including state superior court, U.S. District Court, boards of contract appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and myriad administrative claim resolution processes. Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot construction law attorneys have both the experience and tenacity to pursue the client’s interests to a successful conclusion.
Our firm’s core construction law group is led by shareholder Adam W. Cook, who works of counsel. Mr. Cook has extensive trial experience, litigating construction cases in state and federal court as well as before the Court of Federal Claims and the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.