Construction Litigation

At Gavett, Datt & Barish, P.C., we understand that the construction process presents risk management and financial management challenges to contractors, design professionals, owners and their respective insurers. We strive to offer our clients the best representation possible in order to achieve optimal results.

Our attorneys and staff have handled a vast array of cases arising from these issues on behalf of contractors, subcontractors, and developers in Maryland the District of Columbia and Virginia. This experience includes jury and non-jury trials in the state and federal courts and before private arbitration panels.

The cases we have handled involve a spectrum of disputes including:

  • Construction Defect Claims
  • Construction Site Accidents
  • Contract Disputes - Change Orders and Delays
  • Collections and Mechanics' Liens
  • OSHA and Building Codes
  • Government Contracts
  • Environmental claims
  • Automobile torts
  • Damage issues, including economic and business losses
  • Indemnification Agreements and Insurance Coverage issues

Our attorneys distinguish themselves by doing their homework. We get to know not only the client, but also its business as a whole and the technical aspects of the issues in dispute. We also bring in experts in order to assist in the analysis and defense of technical issues. By virtue of its extensive experience in the construction industry, Gavett, Datt & Barish, P.C., has developed relationships with a number of qualified consultants and forensic experts in this area. We are able to draw on an impressive archive of information to attack legal weaknesses in the opposing side's claims.

Our firm also provides advice and recommendations to clients regarding the prevention of claims, as well as the appropriate steps to follow once a claim is filed. We offer informative seminars on a wide variety of topics including the handling of specific cases, issues of damages and a comparison of the distinctions in the law between Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia.

Our goal is to resolve legitimate claims in the most cost effective manner for the client. This includes early evaluation of potential risk and exposure as well as participation in alternative dispute resolution and mediation. Regardless of whether the claim is considered risky or defensible, our hallmark is extensive reporting to allow the client to make a reasoned business judgment about their options in litigation.