Construction Litigation

Imagine being close to completing a major project in New Orleans. However, a disagreement arises about the materials being used. This disagreement could potentially cause a delay in the project’s opening.  

This scenario is just one example where the expertise of a construction litigation attorney is crucial. We not only help in resolving such disputes efficiently but also ensure that your interests are protected throughout the construction process. 

Ricci Partners, LLC has over 30 years of experience in construction litigation, assisting clients in New Orleans and beyond. Our deep-rooted experience in Louisiana’s unique legal landscape equips us to handle the complexities that accompany construction disputes with precision and authority. 

We understand that construction projects, big or small, hinge on robust legal frameworks to succeed. As your trusted construction litigation attorneys, we are committed to safeguarding your interests through meticulous contract reviews, vigorous dispute resolution, and proactive legal counsel. 

Our approach is informed by Louisiana’s rich cultural ethos—where community values and respect for the law prevail. At Ricci Partners, our legal team knows construction law well and is fully immersed in Louisiana’s legal community. 

Understanding Construction Law

Construction law is a broad and complex field that governs the myriad issues arising from construction projects, from inception through completion. It encompasses a variety of legal disciplines including contract law, commercial law, planning and employment laws.  

Construction law is crucial for handling relationships and conflicts among different parties in a project. These parties include owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and workers. The law helps in managing disputes that may arise during the course of the project. It plays a significant role in ensuring that all parties involved are treated fairly and their rights are protected. 

Key Elements of Construction Law Include: 

  • Contract Formation and Management: Ensuring that contracts clearly outline the responsibilities, risks, and obligations of all parties involved. 
  • Regulatory Compliance: Adhering to local, state, and federal regulations that affect building projects, including safety standards and environmental laws. 
  • Dispute Resolution: Providing mechanisms for resolving conflicts that can arise over issues like project delays, construction defects, or contract breaches. 

The importance of construction law cannot be overstated. It serves several vital functions in the construction industry: 

  • Ensures Fair Practices: Construction law helps ensure that all parties are treated fairly and that their rights are protected. This includes enforcing contract terms and ensuring compliance with various regulatory requirements. 
  • Mitigates Risk: Construction law sets clear rules for contracts and compliance, which helps reduce risks for project owners and contractors. This lowers the chances of expensive delays and disagreements. 
  • Promotes Quality and Safety: Legal standards and regulations maintain high-quality building practices and ensure the safety of construction sites, which is crucial for protecting workers and the public. 

At Ricci Partners, LLC, our attorneys are well-versed in the nuances of construction law. We are dedicated to guiding our clients through the complex legal landscape of their construction projects, ensuring they are well-prepared and protected every step of the way. Whether you are embarking on a residential build or a major commercial development, understanding and adhering to construction law is crucial for the success and legality of your project.

A construction litigation attorney specializes in resolving disputes related to construction projects. Construction lawyers play a crucial role in all phases of a building project. They help with creating contracts and resolving issues that may arise even after the project is completed.  

Their knowledge is crucial for managing relationships between various groups in construction projects. These groups include contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, property owners, and government entities. 

What Does a Construction Litigation Attorney Do?

  • Contract Drafting and Review: Makes sure all contracts are legally valid, easy to understand, and can be enforced. This reduces the chance of disagreements by clearly stating the work, payment terms, and how disputes will be resolved. 
  • Dispute Resolution: Employs negotiation, mediation, and arbitration to resolve disputes before they escalate to litigation, saving time and money for all parties involved. When necessary, they also represent clients in court to resolve disputes through litigation. 
  • Claim Preparation and Filing: Helps clients with preparing and submitting claims for construction projects, like delays, defects, or non-payment. 
  • Regulatory Compliance: Advises clients on compliance with local, state, and federal regulations affecting construction projects, helping them avoid legal issues related to environmental laws, safety regulations, and labor laws. 

Specific Services Offered by Ricci Partners, LLC:

At Ricci Partners, LLC, we provide a comprehensive range of services tailored to the construction industry: 

  • Preventive Legal Guidance: We help clients understand and minimize legal risks in their construction projects. This is done through proactive legal strategies and thorough contract reviews. 
  • Active Dispute Management: Our lawyers have experience in resolving disputes at any stage of a project. They use different methods, including alternative dispute resolution and aggressive litigation. 
  • Compliance and Licensing: We help our clients follow the rules and get the right permits for their construction projects. 

Our team at Ricci Partners, LLC, understands the critical role that effective legal representation plays in the success of construction projects. We help clients with construction law by giving expert guidance and representation to navigate complexities successfully. 

Construction litigation encompasses a range of legal disputes related to building projects. These disputes can vary widely but commonly involve issues such as contract breaches, construction delays, and defects in the workmanship or materials. Understanding these common types of claims can help parties involved in construction projects manage risks and take preventive steps. 

Contract Disputes

Contract disputes arise when parties disagree over the terms of a contract or allege that the contractual terms have not been fulfilled. These disputes might involve the scope of work, quality of materials, or payment terms.  

For example, a contractor might claim additional payment for work that was outside the original scope, while the project owner might dispute the necessity or quality of the additional work.


Delay claims are among the most frequent in construction litigation. Delays can occur due to unforeseen circumstances like adverse weather, delays in obtaining necessary materials, or regulatory issues. However, disputes arise when parties disagree on who is responsible for the delay or the compensation due.  

For instance, if a project is delayed due to the late arrival of materials, the contractor might face penalties unless they can prove that the delay was outside their control. 

Construction Defects

These claims involve allegations of substandard workmanship or materials that lead to structural failures or other significant issues. Defects can range from minor aesthetic issues to major problems that threaten the safety and functionality of the structure. A typical scenario might involve a new building developing cracks due to the use of inferior concrete, leading to disputes over the responsibility for remediation costs. 

Real Case Examples

In a hypothetical scenario, a construction firm completes a high-rise building in New Orleans. After several months, significant water leaks appear, damaging several floors. Investigations reveal that the waterproofing was improperly installed. The building owner files a claim against the contractor for repair costs and lost rental income, leading to a dispute over whether the defect was due to the contractor’s workmanship or a design flaw from the architect. 

At Ricci Partners, LLC, we have handled numerous cases involving these types of claims. We use our understanding of construction law to assist clients in reaching their objectives. This could involve challenging unjust claims or pursuing rightful compensation.  

We use our experience to effectively handle complex disputes. We solve problems quickly and efficiently while also keeping costs low for our clients. 

When to Hire a Construction Litigation Attorney

Engaging a construction litigation attorney should not be viewed solely as a reactive measure to be taken only when disputes or problems arise. Instead, involving an attorney early in your construction project can be a proactive strategy that saves both time and money by preventing legal issues from developing. Here’s how to recognize the right time to seek legal counsel in construction projects and why a proactive approach is beneficial.

 Proactive Legal Support

  • At the Start of a Project: Consulting with a construction litigation attorney during the initial planning and contract drafting phases is crucial. An attorney can help ensure that contracts are clear, fair, and legally enforceable, which lays a solid foundation for the project and minimizes the risk of disputes. 
  • During Regulatory Compliance: Construction projects must adhere to numerous local, state, and federal regulations. An attorney can assist in understanding these legal requirements and ensure compliance, thus avoiding potential fines and project delays. 
  • When Changes Occur: Changes are inevitable in construction projects. Whether these are changes to project scope, materials, or timelines, having legal counsel review any adjustments to contracts can prevent misunderstandings and disputes down the line. 

Reactive Legal Support

  • When Disputes Arise: If a dispute has already surfaced, it’s essential to hire a construction litigation attorney immediately. Typical disputes might involve issues related to delays, non-payment, or unsatisfactory work quality. Legal experts can offer negotiation and litigation strategies to resolve these disputes efficiently. 
  • For Claim Filing or Defense: Whether you need to file a claim or defend against one, a specialized attorney is crucial for navigating the complex litigation process. They ensure that your rights are protected and that you are well-represented in legal proceedings. 

At Ricci Partners, LLC, we emphasize the importance of proactive legal support, but we are also fully equipped to step in reactively when disputes arise. By engaging our services early in your project or at the first sign of trouble, you can safeguard your investment and steer clear of the numerous pitfalls that plague construction projects. Remember, in the realm of construction, an ounce of prevention in legal matters is worth a pound of cure in dispute resolution. 

The Ricci Partners, LLC Advantage in Construction Litigation 

We offer a distinctive approach to construction litigation that sets us apart in the New Orleans legal landscape. Our team’s deep understanding of both local building regulations and the broader aspects of construction law ensures that we provide top-tier legal services tailored to the specific needs of each client. Here’s how our unique approach, seasoned team, and proven track record benefit our clients involved in construction disputes. 

Unique Approach to Construction Disputes 

Our method combines proactive legal strategies with aggressive advocacy when needed. We believe that the best way to handle construction disputes is to prevent them before they start. To this end, we work closely with our clients from the outset of their projects, offering insights that anticipate potential legal issues and implementing strategies to avoid them.  

However, when disputes are unavoidable, our team is prepared to defend our clients’ interests vigorously, utilizing our comprehensive knowledge of both negotiation tactics and courtroom procedures. 

At Ricci Partners, LLC, our commitment to excellence and our deep roots in the Louisiana community empower us to handle any construction litigation matter with the highest level of professional dedication. We stand ready to bring our expertise to your construction project, ensuring legal clarity and protection every step of the way.