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Construction Law

Comprehensive Construction Law Representation

At the New Jersey law firm of Smith + Schwartzstein, we advise clients on a variety of construction issues, including liens, lis pendens, bids, insurance, contract compliance, surety and bond issues. Our clients include homeowners, developers, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers. Our Summit construction lawyers are available to resolve construction-related disputes informally, through litigation or through alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation or arbitration.

Attorney Andrew Smith comes from a family deeply involved in the construction industry. His father was in the construction business and his brother is an architect. Mr. Smith himself has worked on construction-related legal cases of all sizes, ranging from $500 million projects to disputes over the installation of kitchen floors.

We have experience in litigating a broad array of claims that arise out of the construction process, including:

  • Contract disputes
  • Construction defect claims
  • Professional liability claims
  • Scope of work issues
  • Change orders
  • Negligent design claims
  • Consumer fraud
  • Co-ownership disputes
  • Consumer Fraud Act
  • Other construction-related issues
  • Protecting Contractors From Undue Liability

New Jersey has very particular laws and statutes with regard to a construction contractor’s responsibilities and obligations. Following every law and abiding by every statute is a complex endeavor, and not many contractors do it. This normally does not pose a significant problem until the contractor becomes involved in a legal dispute. Then, it can be a real concern.

At Smith + Schwartzstein, we regularly draft construction contracts that are carefully designed to comply with all the applicable laws and regulations, including the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. This provides our clients with peace of mind. If they do become involved in a dispute with a homeowner, for instance, they can rest assured that a lack of regulatory compliance cannot be used against them.

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Our attorneys provide clients with legal support related to contractor disputes and numerous other issues arising before, during and after construction projects in New Jersey. To learn more, call our Summit office locally at 908-219-4457 or contact us by email.


Get a FREE initial consultation by calling Smith + Schwartzstein locally at 908-219-4457 or toll free at 800-779-4098, or emailing us at kathryn@sslawfirmllc.com and we will contact you. We offer flexible appointment scheduling.


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