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
- 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.
News & Events
- John Fatino Authors Case Note Regarding When a Municipality Sues Contractor and Surety for Breach of ContractFidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter (of ABA-TIPS), 03.23.2023
- Best Lawyers In America, 11.06.2022
- Construction Industry Update: Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Rules that Surety Must Pay Attorney Fees, Costs, and Interest Awarded to Subcontractors in Arbitration with General Contractor10.07.2022
- Construction Law Update: Iowa Supreme Court Effectively Eliminates Notice-of-Commencement Requirement For Subcontractors on Residential Projects08.11.2022
- Chambers and Partners USA Guide, 2022, 06.13.2022
- Manual of Credit and Commercial Laws, 04.04.2022
- Construction Law Update: Iowa Court of Appeals Says Contractor's Failure to Obtain Written Change Orders Precludes Payment for Extra Work03.29.2022
- Construction Checklists, Second Edition: A Guide To Frequently Encountered Construction Issues, 01.25.2022
- Construction Law Update: Iowa Court of Appeals Says Contractors Must Substantially Comply with Administrative Code Regulations11.04.2021
- Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter (of ABA-TIPS), 08.23.2021
- Construction Law Update: Iowa Court of Appeals Addresses Notice of Commencement Issues in New Residential Mechanic's Lien Case08.19.2021
- Construction Law Update: Iowa Court of Appeals Says Attorney Fees Incurred in Arbitration are Recoverable Under Mechanic's Lien Statute's Attorney-Fee Provision07.06.2021
- Chambers USA, 05.20.2021
- Construction Law Update: Fatino Quoted in National Association of Credit Management Article About Construction Liens11.17.2020
- American Bar Association Fidelity & Surety Law Committee News, 08.24.2020
- Best Lawyers In America, 08.20.2020
- American Bar Association Fidelity & Surety Law Committee News, 06.01.2020
- Construction Law Update: Supreme Court Prohibits Residential Contractors From Acting as Public Adjusters Without a License04.29.2020
- Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter (of ABA-TIPS), 01.13.2020
- Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter (of ABA-TIPS), 01.13.2020
- Construction Law Update: Iowa Legislature Adopts New Limitation On Actions Regarding Construction Defects09.05.2019
- Construction Law Update: Efforts to Legislatively Overturn Iowa Court of Appeal’s Decision Regarding Homestead Rights Die with Close of Legislative Session05.03.2019
- Construction Law Update: Eighth Circuit Concludes No Liability Against Surety When Claim Against Principal Fails04.30.2019
Events & Speaking Engagements
- Incline Village, Nevada, 05.15.2023
- Des Moines, Iowa, 05.09.2023
- West Des Moines, Iowa, 04.26.2023
- Des Moines, Iowa, 01.20.2023
- Sullivan and Reser-Moorehead Deliver Presentations at Land Contractors Annual Meeting and ConventionDes Moines, Iowa, 01.16.2023
- Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 03.24.2021
- Rancho Palos Verdes, California, 12.27.2019
- Banff, Alberta, Canada, 07.15.2018
- Gentsch, Fatino and Chalik Published in ABA Surety Aspects of Bankruptcy Law and Practice CompendiumAmerican Bar Association Surety Aspects of Bankruptcy Law and Practice Compendium, 04.27.2021
- John Fatino Published Analysis of Seedorff Masonry, Inc. v. Archer Western Construction, LLC Appellate DecisionAmerican Bar Association, 04.06.2021