Construction Litigation

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Williams Montgomery & John Ltd. has a history of defending clients in high-stakes litigation arising from construction projects in Chicago.

Types of Clients We Represent

The firm has represented general contractors, engineers, architects, owners, subcontractors and lenders in complex commercial lawsuits involving claims for construction defects, negligent design and delayed completion. Our construction litigation attorneys have tried cases in the courts and before arbitration panels arising out of the construction of office buildings, power plants, distribution facilities, warehouses, shopping centers, restaurants and public works projects.

In a significant case for the construction industry, the firm won $8.6 million for defendant Turner Construction in a breach of contract lawsuit arising out of the construction of Two Prudential Plaza in Chicago. Plaintiff sought $37 million in delay and remedial damages. This case was selected by The National Law Journal as one of the "Outstanding Defense Verdicts" in the United States. More recently, the firm achieved a verdict of "not guilty" for client Siemens Westinghouse Power in the arbitration of construction claims brought by Athens Generating seeking tens of millions of dollars in delays and liquidated damages.

Williams Montgomery & John also has extensive experience in disputes arising from construction worksite accidents involving catastrophic injury and death. Our attorneys have defended owners, general contractors, subcontractors and insurers in dozens of large-scale accident cases involving claims of negligence, defective design, unsafe construction practices and failure to provide a safe worksite.

Planning, Preparation, and Experience

Construction cases often involve complex facts, abstract terminology, and potentially confusing architectural and engineering concepts. Our attorneys understand the importance of simplifying this information for juries by utilizing models, charts, photos and, when appropriate, computer animations, to provide a visual demonstration of our client's case at trial or arbitration.

Our goal is to obtain the best results for the client in a cost-effective manner. We efficiently manage the flood of documents generated by construction projects without the use of excessive discovery that can drain valuable resources and impede the effective preparation of a case for trial. We work to minimize litigation disruption through planning, preparation and experience.