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construction litigation

Conrad O’Brien attorneys have broad experience representing clients in complex construction and design-related litigation involving claims for property damage, economic loss, personal injury, and wrongful death.  We represent architects, engineers, project owners, general contractors and subcontractors in a variety of trades.  Our attorneys have prosecuted and defended complex construction litigation for clients across a spectrum of industries, including commercial and residential building, marine construction, pressure and other industrial vessel, and road construction.

representative cases

  • Conrad O’Brien attorneys have represented clients in cases involving the construction of prominent high-rise buildings in Philadelphia, the catastrophic failure of a wall in a well-known and historically significant Philadelphia building, and the construction of an interstate highway.
  • Conrad O’Brien attorneys represented a major steel company in a more than $80 million claim for defective construction of a coke oven.  The case involved complex issues of construction law, as well as complicated scientific and technical issues.  In a result favorable to our client, the case was ultimately settled.
  • Conrad O’Brien attorneys represented a major telecommunications equipment company in Superfund litigation and in construction claims arising from the design of a Superfund remediation project.  The case went to arbitration and we won a verdict for our client.
  • The Firm represented a developer that was sued by the City of Philadelphia on a claim that it was obligated to use union labor on a $40 million apartment project in town.  After we settled the case with the City, our client was able to complete the project with non-union labor.
  • Conrad O’Brien attorneys also represent contractors in insurance coverage disputes.  For example, we represented a general contractor seeking insurance coverage for wrongful death and personal injury claims arising out of a serious construction accident at the Tropicana Casino in New Jersey.  On motions for summary judgment, the court ruled that the contractor had coverage under two general liability insurance policies, each in the amount of $25 million.  These rulings were instrumental in settling more than 30 cases that had been filed concerning the accident.