Counseling Clients on the Management and Avoidance of Construction Claims and Disputes

Businesses do better when they do not have to deal with the uncertainty and disruption that invariably attends legal disputes.  To that end, at Shipley Law Group we counsel our construction business clients on various approaches to avoiding legal disputes with clients, contractors, and employees.

Preempting employment disputes

Every business with employees should take proactive steps to prevent and mitigate employment-based lawsuits.  These include:

  • Clearly delineating how employees and ex-employees should address grievances against their co-workers or supervisors, including creating a multi-tiered dispute resolution process
  • Creating and enforcing clear anti-discrimination and harassment policies
  • Establishing regular employee reviews and standardizing procedures for terminating employees who do not perform up to standards

Preventing construction accident lawsuits

Because of the physical and dangerous nature of the work, construction workers face a higher risk of on-the-job injury than people in other professions.  By rigorously following Chicago, Illinois , and federal safety regulations, construction companies can limit their exposure to punitive and otherwise excessive damages in construction accident lawsuits.  Companies involved in construction should also draft and enforce their own safety procedures that are closely tailored to the specifics of each site.  Illinois construction lawyers can help you create mediation and arbitration clauses to limit your financial exposure in case of an accident.

Avoiding contract disputes

Even in the best-intentioned business relationships, poorly-drafted or overly-general contracts can lead to seemingly irreconcilable disputes.  If not properly managed, these disputes can lead to expensive and protracted litigation.  However, an Illinois construction lawyer can help your manage contract liability by drafting contracts that clearly assign responsibility and specify that any disputes should be resolved with mediation or arbitration.

Work with an expert Chicago construction attorney to protect your business

Shipley Law Group knows construction and knows the players in Chicago’s construction industry.  With our extensive experience in the field, we are perfectly situated to help your business manage and prevent lawsuits and other disputes.  Whether you need a Chicago construction lawyer to vigorously prosecute or defend a case, or to lay the groundwork for preventing legal disputes from arising in the first place, Shipley Law Group has the construction attorneys you need to keep your business running smoothly.

We invite you to contact us to discuss your business needs and financial and legal exposure to risk.  Please contact us by submitting our online email form, by calling 312-527-4545, or toll free at 888-493-8574 , or by traveling to our Chicago Loop office—135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 2100, Chicago, Illinois 60603-1802.  For immediate attention, email partner and founder Robert A. Shipley, Esq.