commercial litigation

Construction Litigation

Conrad O’Brien attorneys have broad experience representing clients in 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. Our attorneys have prosecuted and defended clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including commercial and residential building, marine construction, pressure and other industrial vessels, and road construction.

Notable Cases

  • 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.  The case was ultimately settled in a result favorable to our client.

  • 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.

  • 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. As a result of the settlement reached, our client was able to complete the project with non-union labor.

  • Represented a Fortune 500 chemical company concerning the construction of large pressurized vessels. The client contended that the vessels were improperly welded, requiring extensive testing of the vessels deployed throughout the world. Demonstrating the firm’s willingness to understand its client’s business interests, the Conrad O’Brien litigation team participated in an all-day introduction to welding.

  • 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.