Construction Law Attorneys

The construction field is a highly litigious field.

No matter what type or size of project you're involved in, a dispute can be a costly, timely and damaging thing to go through.

The Gonzalez Law Group in Houston represents owners, developers, builders, contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and other parties, both commercial and residential, in all aspects of construction law:

  • Construction claims — Resolving disputes over project delays, schedule changes, change orders, workmanship or surety issues in both arbitration and litigation
  • Construction default — Exhausting all alternatives to the lose-lose scenario of contractor termination, while positioning our client for the possibility of litigation
  • Construction and design defects — Prosecution or defense of claims for remedy of structural deficiencies, substantial materials, code violations or damage
  • Mechanic's liens and payment bond claims — Helping contractors, subcontractors and other suppliers get paid
  • Contract drafting and negotiations — Drafting and negotiating a variety of construction contracts

Construction Transactions

Pre-construction measures are crucial in any construction project to ensure that your rights and interests are protected. These measures may also help minimize your potential for litigation once construction begins. Our lawyers are experienced in reviewing, drafting, revising and negotiating a variety of specialized documents.

Commercial Construction Litigation

Every construction project involves numerous parties that are obligated to perform certain tasks. Any real or perceived failure on any of these parties can give rise to potential litigation. It is therefore critical to enlist the services of reliable, effective legal counsel. We can help you with:

  • Breach of contract
  • Construction defect claims
  • Change order and scope claims
  • Differing site conditions
  • Performance and warranty disputes
  • Defaults and termination
  • Surety claims
  • Payments issues
  • Defective design
  • Delay and liquidated damage issues
  • Lien and bond claims

Residential Construction Litigation

Whether building a new home or trying to improve their property, homeowners too often experience construction nightmares that deny them the peaceful enjoyment of their premises and actually devalue their property. While some conflicts can be straightforward, the larger the project, the more difficult it can be to prove which actor is at fault.

If your architect is blaming the engineer, who's blaming your contractor, who's blaming his material man, you need an experienced construction litigation attorney who can thoroughly investigate the problem.

Our construction litigation attorneys have experience representing homeowners in cases involving the Texas Residential Construction Liability Act and in construction disputes that are resolved through arbitration, mediation or trial.

We handle:

  • Construction defects
  • Poor construction
  • Poor workmanship
  • Breach of sellers' warranties
  • Mold claims
  • Foundation claims
  • Water penetration, including roof leaks, window leaks and foundation leaks
  • Structural defects
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Safety defects
  • Code violation
  • Breach of warranty
  • Breach of warranty of habitability
  • Abandonment of construction projects

There are certain implied warranties under Texas law, such as the warranty of habitability. Express warranties are also given by the builders.

Damages in residential construction litigation cases may include diminished value of property, additional living expenses, restoration or remediation expenses, loss of use or increased cost of money or interest, loss of benefit of the bargain, expert fees, prejudgment interest, taxable court costs, attorney's fees, impairment of homestead rights and being subject to mechanic's liens and material men's liens.

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