Construction and Engineering Litigation

BHBC has an extensive practice in construction law. Whether assisting owners, contractors or project managers with funding and financing issues during conceptual design phases, providing legal advice and assistance during construction, or in the successful resolution of post-completion claims or litigation, our attorneys have broad experience assisting clients through all phases of construction projects.

The firm’s construction law practice has included 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 our clients can pursue settlement or litigation based on a realistic appraisal of the risks and benefits of alternative courses of action.

BHBC drafts and reviews complex construction contracts and multi-party agreements, always with a careful eye towards 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 AAA Construction Industry Rules of Arbitration 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, BHBC has the skill and resources to litigate in virtually any forum, including state superior court, federal district court, boards of contract appeal, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and myriad administrative claim resolution processes. BHBC 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 and Steve H. Hutchings, 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.  Mr. Hutchings has also represented the firm’s corporate clients in a variety of construction matters over the years, particularly in rural communities.  Associate Jack McKenna also works in the construction law group, representing clients in a variety of matters.