Engineering Attorneys in St. Louis

As an engineer, you are responsible for designing structures and systems integral to our modern everyday life. Like any business, you too, have exposure to claims, disputes or potentially the risk of a liability lawsuit. There is always a possibility of an alleged technical error or omission, a structural design problem, surveying error, geotechnical issue, any number of claims. These disputes can involve delays, remediation expenses, cost overruns, change orders, consequential damages, personal injury, just to name a few.  In many cases, everything seems fine for years after substantial completion of the construction project before a claim arises for defects or deficiencies. These claims brought by owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, sureties, occupants, or third parties may or may not be legitimate, and they often can be efficiently defeated with the assistance of a knowledgeable engineering lawyer. At Gausnell, O’Keefe & Thomas, LLC, our experienced engineering attorneys know the construction business, speak your language, and are here to assist you with any legal matters in the engineering arena.

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Engineering

As an engineer, you are responsible for designing structures and systems integral to our modern everyday life. Like any business, you too, have exposure to claims, disputes or potentially the risk of a liability lawsuit. There is always a possibility of an alleged technical error or omission, a structural design problem, surveying error, geotechnical issue, any number of claims. These disputes can involve delays, remediation expenses, cost overruns, change orders, consequential damages, personal injury, just to name a few.  In many cases, everything seems fine for years after substantial completion of the construction project before a claim arises for defects or deficiencies. These claims brought by owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, sureties, occupants, or third parties may or may not be legitimate, and they often can be efficiently defeated with the assistance of a knowledgeable engineering lawyer. At Gausnell, O’Keefe & Thomas, LLC, our experienced engineering attorneys know the construction business, speak your language, and are here to assist you with any legal matters in the engineering arena.

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Engineering Attorneys

How Our Defense Attorneys Can Help

Our engineering attorneys have experience defending large international design firms to solo practitioners in a wide range of claims, disputes or  litigated matters arising from the design and construction process. When disputes do arise, we work with our clients to devise strategies for achieving efficient and effective resolutions. We emphasize the early resolution of claims, aiming for dismissals or settlements during the pre-suit phase when it would be beneficial for our clients. We are mindful and respectful of the fact that, oftentimes, much of the cost of responding to these claims is the financial responsibility of our clients. We know your business and you do not need to educate us on your process and the construction industry. Efficiency and creative solutions is the hallmark of our practice. When claims arise during the project, we have the skills to keep the project on track and still get the claim resolved. If early resolution is not possible, we have the experience necessary to help our clients navigate the litigation process and ultimately achieve positive results. Our firm has relationships with quality experts and can retain them as needed to advocate for your position.

Our seasoned trial lawyers can anticipate and vigorously defend against claims for damages in engineering matters. We aggressively protect our clients’ interests by thoroughly preparing our cases and exposing weaknesses in the positions of our opponents. We have the knowledge and skills to successfully defend against design defect or deficiency claims and protect your license.

Because of our extensive experience in the claims process, we have a unique perspective when it comes to drafting and negotiating your contracts and subcontracts. We have decades of experience in up front contract reviews, and can quickly review and update your terms and conditions, participate in industry form document or custom contract review and negotiation processes or draft an entirely new agreement.

Based in St. Louis, Missouri, GOT provides a full range of services for its engineering clients throughout the Midwest. We have extensive knowledge of the industry that allows us to help navigate you through whatever complex issues you are facing.

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
  • Liability issues
  • Breach of contract
  • Contract drafting, review, and negotiation
  • Professional licensing and board complaint issues

What Sets Our Engineering Lawyers 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 Engineer Attorney

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

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Why Choose Us?

Quality

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

Professionalism

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

Experience

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.

Honors

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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