Construction Law

Today, the construction industry needs counselors and advocates who understand construction. Lawyers who can help minimize risks, protect legal rights and preserve their bottom line. With skilled construction attorneys across the region, we provide advice and solutions that are beyond measure.

Construction Services for Contractors

Day after day, FBT's Construction Law Group provides CMs, GCs, and trade and specialty contractors with the innovative legal solutions they need to protect their interests and preserve their bottom line including:

  • Risk management/best practices counseling and training
  • Contract negotiation, review and counseling 
  • Claims and dispute resolution (including defect and schedule impact claims)
  • Bid disputes
  • Mechanics' liens and payments disputes
  • Mediation and arbitration (as advocates and neutrals)
  • Litigation
  • Insurance counseling and claims
  • Surety bond counseling and claims

Other Services 

We are an active business partner to our clients helping them to succeed. We're able to work across disciplines and across the map  providing contractors a full range of legal services covering every aspect of their businesses including:

  • Labor and Employment
  • Workers' Compensation
  • OSHA
  • Environmental
  • Immigration
  • Lending and Commercial Development
  • Real Estate
  • Business/Corporate
  • Personal and Succession Planning

Connected to the Construction Industry

To stay current on issues affecting our construction clients, we are active members of local, regional and national construction trade and bar associations including:

  • Allied Construction Industries (AGC of Cincinnati)
  • American Bar Association (Forum on Construction Industry; Construction Litigation Subsection; Fidelity and Surety Law Committee)
  • American College of Construction Lawyers (Terry Brookie, Fellow)
  • Asphalt Paving Association of Indiana
  • Associated General Contractors (Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee)
  • Association of Insurance Professionals
  • Builders Exchange of Central Ohio
  • Construction Financial Managers Association (Indiana, Kentucky)
  • Design Build Institute of America (Indiana Chapter)
  • Indiana Construction Association (AGC of Indiana)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (Steven Strawbridge, Board Member)
  • Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors
  • Surety Association of Indiana
  • Surety Association of Ohio

Peer Group Recognition

Several members of our team are also recognized by independent evaluators and peer groups for the service we provide to construction clients. In fact, Chambers USA: America's Best Business Lawyers has ranked FBT as one of the top Construction Law Firms in Ohio for seven consecutive years and Best Lawyers in America ranked us first in Indiana for Construction Law. Other awards include:

  • Chambers USA
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Legal 500 
  • Indiana Super Lawyers
  • Indiana Super Lawyers: Rising Stars
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • Ohio Super Lawyers: Rising Stars

Our Clients

Frost Brown Todd has built long-term relationships with dozens of top construction firms across the region. These clients range from smaller entrepreneurial companies to several of the larger contractors and specialty contractors in the country (as ranked by Engineering News-Record) such as Turner Construction Company and Baker Concrete Construction.

Contractor Education/Resources

We regularly present best practices and training seminars for construction clients and trade associations on topics ranging from risk management, claims avoidance and project documentation to key contract issues, project delivery methods and how to get paid. Each year hundreds of contractors attend our Contractor's Law Series of seminars co-sponsored by leading construction trade associations.

Construction Law News

The Construction Law Group publishes a quarterly newsletter entitled OnCite. The newsletter includes our construction attorneys’ analysis and overview of recent issues and trends relevant to the construction industry. Each issue provides at least one in-depth analysis of a recent case, ruling, project or trend in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. To sign up to receive OnCite, please go to our resources page and provide the requested information. We also regularly publish articles in construction trade journals as well as other industry publications.

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Practice Highlights

"This team is especially adept at handling construction litigation, where it tends to represent construction companies and developers. It also counsels clients on risk management, bid disputes and public project procurement. Sources say: ‘High-quality work at a reasonable value based on Midwestern rates.’”

~ Chambers and Partners 2011