Construction Business and Litigation Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa


Construction is an industry built on deadlines and deliveries. Sometimes disputes that require legal intervention arise, and if you do not have industry-focused legal counsel, you could put your company in a difficult situation. 

Whitfield & Eddy offers legal support for construction firms in Iowa, across the United States, and operating internationally. Our clients own, operate, and manage construction projects around the world. We have worked on a variety of horizontal and vertical construction matters and can help our clients decrease risks with our steady, practical approach to this area of law.

Our lawyers will guide you toward cost-effective solutions that successfully address your problem and allow you to maintain your focus on your everyday operations. With our counsel, advice, and business litigation services, you can protect your interests and quickly quell problems. 

We assist a range of clients in the construction business, including: 

  • Contractors and subcontractors
  • Suppliers 
  • Owners
  • Surety companies
  • Construction industry associations

Services Provided by Our Construction Law Practice

Contractors deal with contracts and legal liabilities daily. You can do your job more confidently when you know you have a legal team behind you, assessing your risks and finding the right solutions. Our attorneys can draft construction contracts, work with your team on negotiations, and review the final versions, as well as prepare and file liens. We can also handle contract scope disagreements and property damage and defect claims. 

Our team has represented construction clients in bench and jury trials as well as in appeals and mediations and arbitrations. Our certified arbitrators and mediators on our team can assist you with pursuing less public settlements outside the courtroom.

A surety provides a guarantee of performance to owners that contractors will perform. If the contractor fails, the surety guarantees it will be completed for the contracted price. Our surety services include: 

  • Mediating and negotiating fidelity or bond claims, as well as litigating when necessary
  • Handling takeovers
  • Advising on performance and payment bond obligations 

The Benefits of Using Our Construction Attorneys in Iowa

When you select Whitfield & Eddy for your construction litigation needs, you enjoy the peace of mind of knowing we will handle your legal needs with professionalism and care. Our team provides value and delivers prompt service. Unique to the marketplace, our attorneys have experience in the industry prior to the practice of law. Their roles have included construction contractor, tradesman, roofing manufacturer technical professional, carpenter (union and non-union), and real estate developer.

You can count on our extensive experience in construction law. We hold memberships with a range of organizations related to the field, including: 

  • American Bar Association Fidelity & Surety Law Committee
  • American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law
  • National Bond Claims Association
  • National Roofing Legal Resource Center
  • Associated General Contractors of Iowa
  • Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa
  • Iowa Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association
  • Construction Specifications Institute
  • Design-Build Institute of America, Iowa Chapter
  • Iowa Concrete Paving Association
  • Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association Construction Law Section
  • Master Builders of Iowa
  • Iowa Roofing Contractors Association

Our construction law attorneys counsel industry trade association on issues including case law, ethics, arbitration, and provide continuing education through seminars and webinars. During the Iowa legislative session, they assist in drafting legislation and testify before Iowa legislative committees considering construction-related legislation that impacts members and the industry as a whole. One of our attorneys was among the founding members of the Iowa State Bar Association Construction Law Section.

Our Des Moines construction lawyers work collaboratively across disciplines, seeking assistance from their colleagues when necessary, and giving you the benefit of their insights. We have more than 40 attorneys at the firm, and each delivers outstanding and vigorous representation. 

Contact Our Construction and Surety Lawyers in Des Moines Today

We communicate regularly with our clients, providing updates in plain language you can understand. Let us handle the legal matters that may distract you from running your business.

The right firm. The right fit.

Contact Whitfield & Eddy today to schedule an initial appointment. 



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