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HBS attorneys represents clients across the entire construction industry including subcontractors and insurers to protect their rights throughout the entire life cycle of projects.



Every construction project presents potential risk exposure from compliance with rules and regulations to issues related to insurance coverage, liability for failures, damage and injury. Our attorneys have demonstrated experience with these issues from project design to acceptance. We represent builders, transportation providers, insurance carriers and government entities involved in construction disputes.

About Our Practice

HBS provides solutions for construction problems at every stage. Our Construction Practice Group attorneys are experienced with construction issues and have successfully litigated or arbitrated claims and are skilled at resolving the issue before involving litigation. From project design through completion, litigation, regulations, insurance, compliance, performance, and employment disputes are common in the construction field. HBS represents insurers, governmental entities, owners, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, engineers and architects, at all stages of a project. Whether it is litigation in state and federal courts or panel arbitrations, contract compliance, claims for delay or extra work, our broad experience in the field allows us to anticipate, advise and assist with issues encountered during and after the completion of the construction project.


Our attorneys have handled most claims that can be brought in the construction arena.  Our effectiveness in the area of construction law is demonstrated in our handling of cases representing individuals, corporations and government entities.  We represent clients in every facet of construction litigation including:

  • Liability
    • Property damage
    • Personal injury
  • Architectural and engineering malpractice
  • Corporate
  • Environmental
    • Moisture intrusion
    • Chemical exposure
    • Sedimentation
  • Employment
  • Injuries
  • Government projects
  • System design and installation
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Construction design and defect
    • Permits
    • Code enforcement
    • Delay
    • Extra work
    • Change orders
  • Contract Compliance
  • Insurance coverage
  • Regulatory control
    • Grading
    • Hydrology and water flow
    • Erosion
  • Synthetic stucco


HBS lawyers are effective.  With integrity and skill HBS lawyers successfully resolve issues and conclude cases for our clients through mediation, arbitration, hearings and trials before administrative bodies and in courtrooms.

  • Successfully defended owners, architects, engineers, and contractors in construction litigation matters involving claims of personal injury on the job site and property damage due to alleged design and construction defects
  • Successfully represented contractors and subcontractors and their insurers in cases involving structure defects, moisture intrusion, and sedimentation and erosion.
  • Successfully represented both contractors and subcontractors in a variety of cases involving building structure defect, EIFS-related matters, moisture intrusion, chemical exposure, and sedimentation and erosion.

In the Press

Construction Dive: Joseph Herbert on Anti-Bias Clauses in Construction Contracts

In a Construction Dive article following a recent trend of including anti-harassment language in subcontracts to codify a unified approach against hate on job sites, Joseph F. Herbert III, partner and co-chair of the Construction Practice Area at Hall Booth Smith, told the publication like any contract clause, if properly written, anti-bias clauses in construction
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Construction Dive: Recession Fears Spur Uptick in Construction Terminations for Convenience

Construction contract terminations for convenience are being exercised more frequently, introducing additional risk for contractors and subcontractors. This is according to a Construction Dive article regarding a trend of owners pulling the plug on construction projects as supply chain pressures linger and recessionary fears loom. Bradley N. Shefrin, Denver-based partner at Hall Booth Smith, told
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Engineering News-Record: Brad Shefrin on Design Pitfalls

In an article published in Engineering News-Record, Brad Shefrin, Colorado-based partner at Hall Booth Smith, discusses the importance of construction design firms consulting with local professionals to avoid costly and embarrassing design problems. “Even though most states have open reciprocity allowing a licensed engineer or architect to pay a fee to stamp plans in that
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