"To build, to build! That is the noblest art of all the arts." -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Arent Fox provides a full range of construction services to the real estate, construction, and design industries. Our accomplished transactional attorneys and experienced litigators represent the broad range of project participants – including owners, developers, contractors, architects, project managers, engineers, and construction managers – in a wide variety of projects and objectives. The diversity of our clients provides us with the ability to understand the needs of all parties involved in construction projects, including complex multiparty transactions and interrelated real estate, corporate and financing issues.
We offer an established dedication to the built environment as well as: A thorough understanding of the business, technological and legal needs of the industry; representation through the full life cycle, from project formation through dispute resolution; experience with a wide variety of projects, including commercial buildings, stadiums, cultural institutions, retail centers, schools, infrastructure and utilities; an awareness of industry trends and a commitment to providing new services to address emerging business needs, including business information modeling (BIM) and sustainability/green building.
Legal 500 2012
The core attorneys in Arent Fox LLP’s construction practice have worked together for over 15 years. The group provides a broad range of traditional services to the construction and design industries, including front-end project documentation, litigation and contract administration. The New York-based practice has particular expertise in transactions, construction industry M&A, and green building. The practice’s Early Response Initiative is also worthy of note; it is designed to offer a pre-emptive, multi-disciplinary program to protect clients from market consequences and large losses as a result of manmade or natural disasters. The practice is led by James Frankel, who has 30 years of experience in a wide range of areas including risk transfer, dispute resolution, failure and collapse, and technological issues, and Eugene Scheiman, who specialises in litigation, ADR and business advisory services. The firm continues to represent the City of New York in various proceedings relating to the collapse of 7 World Trade Center on September 11 2001, and has had $1bn in claims dismissed.