Pretzel & Stouffer

Construction law

Construction law encompasses a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters. At Pretzel & Stouffer, we handle routine and preventive matters such as risk management, contract drafting, liens and minor disputes, as well as complex construction litigation involving construction defect and liability claims.

Many of the attorneys in our construction litigation practice area have extensive trial experience, often relating to cases involving catastrophic personal injury or property damage as a result of construction accidents, infrastructure collapses, fires, explosions and more. This wealth of experience allows our attorneys to be more prepared than most to defend clients in these challenging cases — many of which involve multimillion-dollar damage requests.

One such well-known case was the Miller Park crane accident in Milwaukee. Our attorneys defended the involved contractor’s excess insurance company and convinced the court that the primary insurance company was responsible for coverage — saving the excess insurance company $30 million in payouts.

We also represent developers, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers and other construction professionals in everyday matters involving contract negotiation, lending arrangements, property acquisition, liens and more. Many of our clients rely on us for counsel throughout the entire real estate development/construction process.

Architects’ and engineers’ liability

Our attorneys are familiar with the complicated technical aspects of the defense of engineers and architects against catastrophic personal injury, property damage, construction design defect and breach-of-contract accusations. Thanks to our aptitude in this area, clients have retained us in such high-profile cases as the collapse of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, Mo., one of the most devastating structural failures in U.S. history. Our attorneys were also responsible for the successful defense of an architect in a high-stakes construction defect case involving a major shopping center.

When it comes to more routine business matters, such as mechanic’s liens, surety claims, contract negotiations and disputes, our clients trust us to offer efficient and cost-effective legal counsel.

Construction defect

Our construction defect practice area has spanned the full range of construction defect litigation, from relieving excess insurance carriers of multimillion-dollar coverage payments to defending contractors and subcontractors against construction liability, catastrophic damage and personal injury claims.

In one successful case, our client, an electrical contractor, was accused of causing the failure of the largest blast furnace in the Western Hemisphere. Pretzel & Stouffer attorneys helped clear the client of responsibility for damages in excess of $30 million.

In another case involving a lawsuit by one of the world’s largest privately held printing companies, our attorneys successfully negotiated a high-low agreement, saving our excess insurance carrier client millions of dollars in coverage payments.

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