Construction Disputes

Construction projects typically involve multiple entities in a complex sequence of interdependent events and transactions. When disputes arise, the engagement of professionals with construction industry experience, as well as an understanding of the dispute resolution process, is critical. Hemming Morse brings both of these to the table.

We assist owners, contractors and sureties in disputes ranging from simple accounting issues to complex claims involving hundreds of millions of dollars. As a result, we are familiar with the pricing and presentation of these issues, including disruption and delay claims, in various dispute forums.

Representative Matters

Transportation Project Dispute

Hemming Morse was retained by counsel for a construction company in regard to a dispute related to the construction of a metro rail project. The claim arose primarily because of disagreement on who was responsible to pay for undisclosed conditions encountered by the contractor during construction, and the Hemming Morse team was engaged to quantify the amount that would be owed to the construction company, assuming liability.

Power-Plant Dispute

Hemming Morse assisted counsel for one of the parties to a dispute related to the construction of a power plant near Bakersfield, California. The Hemming Morse team calculated amounts owing related to claims for approved and unapproved change orders, delay costs, inefficiencies, extended home-office overhead, profit and interest.

Assisting Counsel for University Regents in Dispute with Contractors

Hemming Morse assisted counsel for the Regents of the University of California calculating claims for additional compensation by the general contractors and five of its major subcontractors, as well as in presenting affirmative claims related to the California False Claims Act. The disputes arose from design changes made during construction of a new hospital tower at U.C. Davis Medical Center.

Assisting Counsel for Park District in Dispute Regarding Construction Delays

Hemming Morse assisted counsel for Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District, the agency responsible for the construction of the Miller Park baseball stadium. Our team developed and presented claims against one of the construction companies hired to build Miller Park, relating to delays and disruptions experienced during the construction, including a serious industrial accident.