RKC attorneys represent a variety of construction-related clients, including owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and design professionals. We represent these clients through all phases of the construction process, from project design, contract negotiation, construction and contract administration, through final close out. RKC understands that clients want to build their projects, not their cases. For this reason, RKC construction attorneys have a practical problem solving approach focusing on early disputes resolution.
Ideally, this dispute resolution process begins with contract negotiation and dispute avoidance. RKC attorneys provide clients with detailed advice and counseling during contract negotiation to appropriately allocate the risks between the parties. If disputes arise during the construction process, Our goal is to achieve a result that is mutually beneficial and avoid the expense and distraction of litigation.
When litigation is unavoidable, RKC attorneys are well equipped to prosecute or defend its clients' cases, involving the full spectrum of construction law issues, including design defects, construction defects, lien and bond claims, claims for extras and changed conditions, and acceleration and delay damage claims.
Represented a foundation company in litigation by the developer, claiming multi-million dollar damages based on construction delay and consequential additional expenses arising out of the installation of auger cast piles in a high water table location of this mixed use project in South Miami, Florida. The case was successfully resolved for the foundation company in a confidential settlement on the eve of trial for a fraction of plaintiff’s demand.
Representing a fire sprinkler subcontractor in this $100 million dollar damage claim asserted by a major hotel chain entitles for alleged construction, delay and complex business damages based on mold development due to water intrusion in the care center associated with a luxury adult congregate living facility.
Represented a fire sprinkler subcontractor in claims arising out of the failure of fire sprinkler pipes in one tower of a twin tower luxury high-rise (31-story) condominium project in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The entire tower required retrofitting after the fire sprinkler pipes ruptured on various floors. Claims were asserted by the unit owners as well as the condominium association, general contractor, and developer. The types of claims ranged from repair and loss of use damages by the unit owners and condominium association to delay damages by the general contractor, as well as loss of business opportunities, lost sales and damage to reputation by the developer. The claims were handled in a variety of forms including pre-suit resolution, arbitration, and state court litigation. While most claims have been resolved pursuant to confidential settlement agreements, some claims are still pending and awaiting trial.
Represented a community college in connection with design defects and cost overruns resulting from defective plans and specifications prepared by the community college's architect. Representation included a jury trial as well as on appeal to the Florida District Court of Appeal and the Florida Supreme Court.
The representation of a general contractor in a multi-million dollar claim against the owner for acceleration and delayed damages arising out of the construction of a multi-building apartment complex. The matter was resolved by a confidential settlement agreement following the conclusion of a jury trial.
Represented structural engineers in an arbitration proceeding arising out of the design and construction of a multi-million dollar private jet aircraft hangar. The arbitration involved the owner, general contractor, architect, structural engineers, and various subcontractors. The claims against the various parties included defective design and construction as well as delay damage claims. The matter was ultimately resolved through a confidential settlement agreement.