Industries & Practices
Practical solutions built on experience.
Bricker & Eckler’s Construction Law group provides a full range of legal services to public and private owners. Our attorneys act as counsel on all aspects of construction projects, including compliance with applicable statutes and administrative rules, preparing front-end construction and bidding documents, advising on various project delivery models, addressing procurement disputes, reviewing prevailing wage issues, and resolving or litigating claims during and after construction. Our attorneys have experience preparing and negotiating general contractor, construction manager at risk and design-build agreements on projects of all sizes, including projects with budgets of over $300 million.
A distinguishing feature of our practice is the substantial field experience many of our attorneys have in the construction industry. Our group includes attorneys who are registered professional engineers and attorneys with engineering and construction management backgrounds. This unique and practical experience in the construction industry allows us to quickly identify issues and develop pragmatic, real-world solutions that result in focused and efficient legal services for our clients.
Clients who come to Bricker & Eckler for our experience in construction law also experience the benefit of the firm’s full-service capabilities. Whenever needed, we can involve attorneys seasoned in real estate transactions, environmental issues, bond issues and other financing approaches, intellectual property issues, tax matters, lease-purchase agreements, education matters and other areas of the law.
We have been involved in the construction of the following:
Our construction attorneys regularly advise and represent clients in these specific areas:
- Bid and other procurement disputes
- Contract preparation and negotiation
- Defective design or construction issues
- Delay claims and schedule issues
- Dispute resolution, including information discussions, mediation, arbitration and litigation
- Energy conservation measures
- Heavy/highway construction
- Mechanics’ liens
- Project delivery models and their advantages and disadvantages
- Surety claims and insurance coverage issues
"The entire Bricker & Eckler team is fantastic. The staff is focused on providing the most efficient and effective customer service for their clients and/or potential clients."
"Bricker & Eckler is top-notch. They provide a high level of expertise and service to their clients."
"Bricker does a tremendous job with listening, evaluating and providing professional guidance with construction law issues. They take the time to review the circumstances, evaluate each specific circumstance and assist in guiding toward solutions."
Gallia County Adult Detention Facility Project
Advised regarding procurement and contract documents for new construction of an adult detention facility. The budget was approximately $10 million.More
Fayette County Contractor and Designer Dispute Res...
Advised regarding procurement and contract documents for construction of new full service jail and Sheriff’s Office facility with at budget of approximately $9.9 million. Represented the Coun...More
Monroe County Adult Detention Facility Project
Advised regarding construction manager at risk procurement and contract documents for construction of adult detention facility with a budget of approximately $20 million.More
Ross County Contractor Dispute Resolution
Represented the County in dispute with contractor and surety following contractor’s voluntary default during the project.More
Stark County Jail Facility Project
Represented the County in the procurement of design professional and construction manager at risk services for renovation and addition of existing jail facility.More
Greene County Jail and Sheriff Office Project
Prepared procurement and contract documents for design professional and construction manager at risk and advised throughout project. The project included new construction of a county jail facility ...More
Brown County Adult Detention Center Project
Prepared procurement and contract documents and advised throughout project, which included improvements to the Brown County Adult Detention Center, including the addition of approximately 40 beds w...More
Harrison County Adult Detention Facility Project
Prepared procurement and contract documents for design professional and construction manager at risk and advised throughout project. The project is anticipated to include renovations and an additio...More
Wood County Jail Facility Renovations
Prepared procurement and contract documents for design professional and construction manager at risk and advised throughout project. The project is anticipated to include additions/renovations to t...More
Coshocton County Justice Center Facility Project
Prepared procurement and contract documents for design professional and construction manager at risk and advised throughout project. The project is anticipated to include the construction of a new ...More
Areas of Focus
K-12 School Construction
Bricker & Eckler’s Construction group devotes a significant portion of its time to school district construction projects of all types and sizes. We work with district administrators to identify and define the statutory requirements applicable to each project, including an analysis of the benefits and risks of the various project delivery models available to school districts and the process for selecting project professionals. Services continue throughout the project to provide guidance with regard to any issues that may arise during design, procurement, construction, close-out, claims and post-occupancy. We work on classroom facilities projects undertaken through the Ohio School Facilities Commission programs.
Health Care Construction
Our highly regarded construction attorneys have represented many public and private health care facilities on all aspects of their construction projects — from the preparation of contract documents through litigation, when necessary. Our experience includes multiple prime contractor, general contractor, construction manager at risk and design-build delivery models.More
Water & Wastewater Projects
Because several of our construction attorneys began their careers in the fields of water and wastewater and have advised public owners on issues associated with water and wastewater treatment and conveyance, we have a unique understanding of this high-tech business. From project delivery model selection to creating contract documents, enabling training and representing clients in construction litigation, we help water and wastewater entities adopt best practices for managing their projects.
Public Owner Representation
Bricker attorneys represent all types of public owners, including municipalities, counties, townships, port authorities, schools, libraries, water and sewer districts and more. We have in-depth knowledge of the statutory requirements specific to libraries, jails, recreation centers, courthouses, and other public entities for capital projects of all sizes and complexity. This includes providing guidance on the requirements and advantages of the full range of project delivery methods available to public owners.
Employers Facing OSHA Issues
Helping clients provide a safer workplace for their employees, Bricker’s attorneys assist in matters involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), including preparing for OSHA inspections, responding to OSHA citations, and representing clients before the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission. We counsel clients from all sectors on OSHA matters, including contractors, manufacturers, hospitals, and schools, regardless of whether the matter deals with federal OSHA, state OSHA, or a state version of OSHA for public employees.
Our firm has extensively represented private developers in connection with urban redevelopment projects, shopping centers, multi-family housing complexes, warehouses and distribution centers, condominium developments and numerous other building projects. Our detailed knowledge of the construction process, combined with our ability to collaborate with real estate, tax, and economic development attorneys within our firm, allows us to handle a wide range of development projects from all sides of the operation, start to finish.
Higher Education Construction
Bricker attorneys have represented a number of public and private higher education institutions on all aspects of their construction projects from the preparation of contract documents through litigation, if necessary. Bricker's experience includes multiple prime contractor, general contractor, construction manager at risk and design-build delivery models, all of which can be used by public as well as private higher education institutions.
Bricker attorneys have represented numerous contractors and owners on projects involving large scale “civil” or “horizontal” projects, commonly categorized as heavy/highway construction. Services provided have included preparation of contract documents, prosecuting or defending against claims for additional time or money in connection with weather impacts, defective plans and specifications, differing site conditions, utility interferences, defective materials and construction, and other issues.
We offer comprehensive construction legal advice to libraries all across Ohio. Our dedication to excellence, deep understanding of construction law, and commitment to our library clients' success sets us apart.More
Our attorneys provide tailored counsel for jail construction projects, efficient document preparation, and effective dispute resolution. With our construction-savvy team, we deliver legal solutions backed by practical industry experience.More
Introduction to design-build and construction manager at risk procurement for Ohio public entitiesMore
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Bricker Graydon Earns Best Law Firms Designation Across Multiple Groups & Industries
Bricker Graydon has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in the 14th edition of “Best Law Firms” rankings. The Health Care Law practice earned a “National Tier 2” ranking. In addition, the Corporate Law, Energy Law, Public Finance Law, and Real Estate Law practices earned “National Tier 3” rankings.More Nov 8, 2023
ColumbusCEO Magazine Reveals Top Lawyers of 2023, Noting 22 Bricker Graydon Attorneys
Services to compile a comprehensive list of Top Lawyers who are highly recommended by their peers in the industry. The 2023 list features over 750 individual listings of attorneys who were nominated by local lawyers via a survey of Central Ohio attorney peers.More Oct 26, 2023
Bricker Graydon Attorneys Recognized for 2024 “Best Lawyers” Excellence
A total of 68 attorneys were chosen by their peers for recognition in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. This year’s ranking includes six newly-listed Bricker Graydon attorneys and 10 attorneys designated as “Ones to Watch,” a category for up-and-coming lawyers. And five attorneys have been named 2024 “Lawyers of the Year” for their respective practice areas. Only one attorney in each category is recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in each market.More Aug 17, 2023
Ohio Court Tracker: The Impact of COVID-19
The goal of the "Ohio Court Tracker" is to pull all of that information into one place in order to allow attorneys, judges, court staff and the general public to quickly identify what courts in all 88 Ohio counties are doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.More