Architecture Attorneys in St. Louis, MO

Architects create far more than just aesthetically pleasing buildings or structures, the design of a building must also be functional, safe, and economical. Architects are often seen as “in charge” of a project, whether their contract obligates them to perform that function or not. With the responsibilities that fall on an architect, or that they are perceived to have, there is always the risk of a liability lawsuit. You have unique needs that demand the advice and services of seasoned attorneys who know the construction business and speak your language. Architectural design disputes may or may not be legitimate. At Gausnell, O’Keefe & Thomas, LLC, our knowledgeable architecture attorneys are here to assist you with complex claims and other legal matters.

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Architecture Litigation Attorneys

How Our Architecture Lawyers Can Help

No one ever wants to litigate, but when disputes and liability issues do arise, you need an architecture lawyer who truly knows how to efficiently and effectively handle these claims. Our experience working with various design professionals, including architectural design firms, landscape architects, and construction managers, enables us to communicate with our clients regarding plans, designs, specifications, and details. Our ability to comprehend complex design issues and creatively fashion solutions has earned us the trust of many larger design firms and their insurance companies.

We emphasize the early resolution of claims, aiming for avoidance of litigation. If suit is filed, we work toward dismissals or settlements. While we do our best to avoid litigation, some battles must be waged — when they occur, we work to devise a strategy that is carefully tailored to our clients’ goals. We aggressively protect our clients’ interests by thoroughly preparing our cases and exposing weaknesses in the positions of our opponents. Our firm has relationships with quality experts and can retain them as needed to advocate for your position.

Based in St. Louis, Missouri, GOT serves architectural clients throughout the Midwest, big and small. Our clients come from both public and private developments as well as commercial and residential projects. Our extensive knowledge of the industry allows us to provide a full range of services and help navigate complex issues ranging from the thousand dollar homeowner disputes to corporate project negotiations that have millions of dollars at stake.

Legal issues we can assist with:

  • Protecting your intellectual property and responding to claims you violated others’
  • Design claims
  • Construction defect claims
  • Errors and omissions claims
  • Claims for cost overruns, delays and inefficiency
  • Professional negligence
  • Code violations
  • Liability issues
  • Breach of contract
  • Contract drafting, review, and negotiation
  • Professional licensing and board complaint issues

What Sets Our Architect Attorneys Apart

Not only do our seasoned attorneys demonstrate excellence in the courtroom, but are also recognized for excellence by their peers. Our attorneys are members of the invitation only Construction Lawyers Society of America and have been recognized as among the top 50 lawyers in St. Louis. We are recognized by Best Lawyers as a Tier 1 firm for Construction Law and Litigation. Our firm has a Martindale-Hubbell® AV® rating and our attorneys are listed among Missouri Super Lawyers®.

Contact a GOT Architect Lawyer

Gausnell, O’Keefe & Thomas, LLC, is grounded on the principles of professionalism, proficiency, and performance. We work to achieve the most favorable resolution for our clients whether it’s through mediation, arbitration, or jury trial. Contact us for skilled legal assistance with any architectural matters your business may be facing.

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Why Choose Us?


The quality of our work comes from years of experience, knowing what works and out-working our opponents to get the job done.


The lawyers of GOT place respect for the courts, the Bar and the legal profession as their highest obligation.


Together, the founders of GOT have tried nearly 250 jury trials to verdict. With that level of experience comes an entirely different perspective on civil litigation which few other firms can match.


Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell, the gold standard in attorney ratings, as AV rated, their highest ranking for strong legal ability and high ethical standards, along with Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers as top performers in their fields.

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