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Litigation and Arbitration

Construction Defect Litigation

BERDING|WEIL has one of the largest, most experienced construction defect litigation departments in the nation and has recovered over $1.5 billion for our clients. Our fundamental knowledge of proper building practices and the causes of construction failures provides the foundation of our construction defect law group.

Our attorneys and investigators have decades of experience successfully handling complex construction defect cases against those involved in the construction of buildings of all types. Our lawyers have encountered nearly every building and construction defect problem that exists. In addition to having long-term relationships with the most prominent construction experts in our field, they have brought hundreds of cases to successful conclusion through mediation or, when a case does not settle in mediation, to verdict from a superior court jury.

We help resolve construction defect disputes with contractors, architects and engineers before, during and after construction. Our lawyers, analysts and investigators efficiently prepare construction disputes for resolution through litigation or arbitration. They review all of the appropriate legal theories and expertly apply those that will bring the best result.

Our litigation teams are experienced in all facets of complex construction defect litigation, faulty building construction, contract disputes, delay claims, product liability and negligence claims, as well as insurance coverage issues.

Community Association Litigation

Our community association practice often involves disputes that require litigation to resolve. These may be enforcement of governing documents; contract claims with vendors; defense of community associations from claims by owners; real property disputes with neighbors or local municipalities; or claims arising from natural disasters.

Our attorneys have encountered and successfully litigated numerous similar matters and have the unique legal knowledge and litigation skills necessary to efficiently represent our community association clients in any matter requiring mediation, arbitration, or litigation to resolve.

We Negotiate Before We Litigate

Litigation, especially construction defect litigation, is expensive and time-consuming. No one understands that better than attorneys who spend most of their career litigating complex construction defect cases. But there are more efficient ways of resolving construction defect disputes if both sides are willing. We've written about our approach to settling construction disputes. Click here for the full story.

Our Litigators Try Cases

While we are adept at negotiating construction defect disputes to satisfactory conclusion, either directly or with experienced mediators, we also try cases as necessary in both Federal and State courts. We represent clients before administrative agencies and arbitration panels when appropriate. Among our attorneys are some of the most experienced trial lawyers in California. Our firm brings four decades of experience resolving construction defect claims, whether by negotiation, litigation or arbitration.

Cases do often settle without trial, but your opponent will know if you have the depth and experience to take a case all the way when necessary. The best settlements are based on the realization that we can be formidable trial opponents. We are proud to say that we are among the few firms in California that have taken complex construction cases all the way to jury verdict.

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As one of the largest and most experienced construction defect litigation departments in the nation, we have recovered over $1.5 billion for our clients.

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