Turning opportunities and risks into results

From project conception to close out, Cohen & Grigsby’s Construction Team represents clients at every stage of construction, including real estate acquisition, land use approval and development, bidding, contracting, and financing.  The members of our team are also experienced trial lawyers, capable of handling complex claim preparation, claim evaluation and dispute resolution, as well as the defense of regulatory enforcement and inspection citations. Our attorneys represent and advise owners, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, material and equipment suppliers, engineers, developers, owners, and financial institutions.

The Cohen & Grigsby Construction Team also represents a wide spectrum of construction clients including public authorities, regional public companies, substantial privately-held companies, and family-owned businesses. Regardless of the client, industry, forum, or project size, Cohen & Grigsby’s Construction Team prides itself on experience, service, and responsiveness.

Our Team:  Our diverse team of attorneys, which includes engineers and former in-house counsel, provide unique skill sets to help you navigate projects successfully. We often participate in the engineering, project planning, risk management, and the financing of construction projects.

Litigation and Arbitration

The Cohen & Grigsby Construction Team has significant experience representing owners, contractors and design professionals in multi-week trials and arbitrations.  We have significant first chair trial experience in a wide array of venues (jury trials, bench trials, trials before various boards of claim and environmental hearing boards, and both single and three panel arbitrations under the AAA and JAMS/Endispute Rules) and on appeal.

Drafting & Negotiating Construction Contracts

Cohen & Grigsby’s Construction Team counsels clients in the development and negotiation of construction contracts and subcontracts as well as contracts for architectural services and other consultant contracts.  Our team members are well versed in the AIA, DBIA, EJCDC, and ConsensusDocs forms.  Our seasoned litigators are able to use their experience on the front end of projects to prevent disputes and contain risk along the way.

Current and recent projects include:

  • Owner’s representative, architect (AIA B133), and construction manager (GMP using AIA A133/A201) contracts for the construction of a new theater.
  • General contractor (GMP using AIA A102 and A201) for office build out.
  • Fine-tuning of form contracts for commercial real estate management company, including AIA A101; A102; A201; A104; B101; and B104.
  • Creation of a suite of custom contracts tailored to applicable state laws, including consumer construction and subcontractor agreements for national restoration services company.
  • Design-build contract (AIA A141) for industrial facility.
  • Design-build contract (DBIA 530 and 535) for manufacturing facility.
  • Design-Build contract (EJCDC D-520 and D-700) for underpinning and repair of retail facility.


Current and recent projects include:

  • Collegiate arenas
  • Industrial facilities
  • Major highways
  • Bridges
  • Condominiums
  • Commercial warehousing
  • Corporate world headquarters
  • Convention centers
  • Casinos
  • Educational facilities
  • Landfills
  • Mining operations

Land Use, Zoning and Regulatory Compliance

Our diverse team of experienced attorneys partners with public and private-sector clients to identify, address and solve the comprehensive range of zoning, land use, environmental and governmental challenges impacting their development projects.  We work on a full range of commercial, residential, mixed- and adaptive-use developments, including offices, shopping centers and retail projects, hotels and condominiums, telecommunications facilities, landfills and waste-to-energy facilities, oil and gas operations, warehouses and other industrial developments. Our lawyers advise on zoning, site planning, permitting and subdivision matters, providing knowledgeable counsel on the feasibly of clients’ projects and practical, business-focused solutions to problems that might impede their success. We guide clients through the complex patchwork of municipal regulations and prepare effective applications to secure permits, approvals and waivers.

If necessary, we can immediately react to unannounced inspections from any governmental regulator, including EPA, DEP, and OSHA.  When required, we advocate on behalf of clients before zoning boards and planning commissions, historic and landmarks commissions, and other municipal and state regulatory agencies, as well as in appeals.