Areas Of Concentration
Construction Law attorneys at Bowles Rice are experienced in the wide range of industry-specific issues that arise at every phase of a construction project.
An Experienced, Recognized Construction Law Team
Bowles Rice has represented developers, planners, public and private owners, builders, commercial and residential contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, suppliers, sureties and insurance companies and financial institutions. When disputes have arisen, we have represented our construction clients in arbitration, mediation and litigation in state and federal courts. We have assisted clients with projects ranging from single-family homes to multi-million dollar commercial developments, including wastewater treatment plants and distribution systems; airport runways and taxiways; highway and bridge construction projects; construction of public schools and state and federal government facilities; industrial projects; and power generation projects, including renewables.
Our Construction Law attorneys strive to avoid costly delays and possible litigation by working proactively with our clients to plan and document the role and responsibilities of all parties. Bowles Rice lawyers are experienced mediators and arbitrators, and have successfully provided those services in a wide range of construction-related disputes.
Several members of our construction team are recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® for their work in Construction Law and/or Construction Litigation. In addition, U.S. News & World Report's Best Law Firms features regional rankings of our firm's work throughout West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania.
A Bowles Rice partner was instrumental in drafting the West Virginia Design-Build Procurement Act and served as chairman of the West Virginia Design-Build Review Board from its inception until 2018.
Among the areas in which Bowles Rice has Construction Law experience are:
Construction Project Services
- Project financing
- Public/private projects
- Preparation and evaluation of bid documents
- Bid protests and other disputes involving bidding and awarding of contract
- Assistance with competitive bidding process for public projects
- Assistance with the Design-Build Review process
- Drafting programs for use in Design-Build construction process
- Schedule impact analysis
- OSHA Compliance
- Contract negotiations and preparation of contracts
- Review, evaluation and drafting of proposed contracts
- Space planning
- Construction management assistance
- Claims for additional cost or time
- Mechanic’s liens
- Bankruptcy adversary proceedings
- Mediation and arbitration
- Litigation in state and federal courts involving jury and non-jury cases
- Professional negligence claims involving engineers, architects, geotechnical engineers and contractors
A Strong, Regional Resource
The attorneys on our Construction Law Team have significant knowledge and experience in real estate and land use development, tax law, bond and security issues, labor and employment law, energy and environmental law, litigation, contracts, bankruptcy proceedings, public utility and regulatory issues, and government relations. Bowles Rice attorneys are licensed to practice law in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland and surrounding states.
Presentations & Events
- Presentation: New Goldrush - Sifting Through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for Mountain State Opportunities by Patrick C. Timony, Sharon M. Menchyk and James V. KelshWest Virginia Construction & Design EXPOCharleston Coliseum and Convention Center, Charleston, West Virginia, March 24, 2022
- Presentation: Alternative Dispute Resolution: It is Not All the Same – Know the Differences! by J. Mark AdkinsAssociated Builders & Contractors of West Virginia – Summer 2021 MeetingSnowshoe Mountain Resort, Snowshoe, West Virginia, July 31, 2021
- Presentation: Negotiating Damages in Construction Disputes by K. Bradley MellorConstruction Law: Advanced Issues and Answers | National Business Institute CLE SeminarCrowne Plaza Pittsburgh South, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 5, 2020
- Presentation: Ethics for Construction Attorneys by K. Bradley MellorConstruction Law: Advanced Issues and Answers | National Business Institute CLE SeminarCrowne Plaza Pittsburgh South, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 5, 2020
- Presentation: Navigating Drug & Alcohol Workplace Acts by Patrick C. TimonyThe West Virginia Design and Construction ExpoCharleston Coliseum & Convention Center, March 20, 2019
- Presentation: Mechanic's Liens by Patrick C. TimonyFebruary 3, 2019
- Presentation: Another Truancy Problem: How the AIA Empowers School Districts to Correct Delays and Absenteeism in Construction, by Marc Monteleone, Ken Webb and Mark AdkinsWest Virginia Association of School Business Officials: Annual ConferenceEmbassy Suites Charleston, Charleston, West Virginia, May 12, 2015
Articles & Alerts
- Lawyers Journal - The Journal of the Allegheny County Bar Association, October 9, 2020
- Getting Paid: Navigating the Changing Landscape of Public-Private Partnerships by Patrick C. Timony and Unaiza Riaz TyreeWest Virginia Construction News, July/August 2020
- Construction Destruction: How the Opioid Epidemic Infects and Impacts the West Virginia Construction Industry by Patrick C. TimonyWest Virginia Construction News, November/December 2018
- Construction Law, June 8, 2021
- Construction Law, April 6, 2021
- Construction Law, March 8, 2021
- Construction Law, January 26, 2021