As an engineer, you design structures and systems integral to modern 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, a surveying error, a geotechnical issue, or any number of claims.
These disputes can involve delays, remediation expenses, cost overruns, change orders, consequential damages, and personal injury, to name a few. In many cases, everything seems fine for years after project completion before a claim arises. A knowledgeable engineering lawyer in St. Louis can defeat claims from owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, sureties, occupants, or third parties.
At Gausnell, O’Keefe & Thomas, LLC, our experienced construction attorneys know the business, speak your language, and are here to assist you with any legal matters in the engineering arena.
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.
How Our Construction Engineering Defense Attorneys Can Help
Our engineering lawyers have experience defending large international design firms to solo practitioners in various 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 benefit 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; you do not need to educate us on your process and the construction industry. Efficiency and creative solutions are the hallmark of our practice. When claims arise during the project, we have the skills to keep the project on track and resolve the claim.
If early resolution is not possible, we have the experience to help our clients navigate the litigation process and ultimately achieve positive results. Our engineering law 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 our opponents’ positions. We have the knowledge and skills to 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 on drafting and negotiating your contracts and subcontracts. We have decades of experience in upfront 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, MO, GOT provides a full range of services for its engineering clients throughout the Midwest. Our extensive industry knowledge allows us to help navigate you through whatever complex issues you are facing.
Our team of engineering lawyers in St. Louis can help in the following areas:
- Protecting your intellectual property and responding to claims you violated others’
- Architecture 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 St. Louis Engineering Lawyers Apart
Not only do our seasoned attorneys demonstrate excellence in the courtroom, but they 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 Engineering Lawyer in St. Louis
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 through mediation, arbitration, or jury trial. Contact us for skilled legal assistance with any engineering matters your business may face.