As the largest law firm headquartered in Raleigh, and nearby the Research Triangle region, we have been involved in many of North Carolina’s largest and most complex private commercial and public construction and infrastructure projects. Our team of lawyers is adept at counseling clients through all construction-related legal needs. We assist with construction contract preparation and negotiation, risk management, claims avoidance and administration. Through mediation, arbitration and litigation, we also help our clients efficiently resolve construction-related disputes and bond, lien and insurance claims. Our Construction and infrastructure law practice and a number of its individual attorneys have received recognition from leading ranking publications such as “Best Law Firms” – a joint collaboration between U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®, The Best Lawyers in America©, North Carolina Super Lawyers and Business North Carolina "Legal Elite."
Our clients include regional, national and international construction firms working on significant public and private projects; regional and national real estate development companies; regional and national construction subcontractors; commercial and institutional owners such as pharmaceutical and biotech companies, medical, manufacturing, energy and retail companies. Additionally, our firm’s project portfolio includes representation on significant highway, airport, rail and other public infrastructure projects, and utility scale energy and renewables projects.
We often draw on our firm’s deep resources in related areas such as Commercial Real Estate, Environmental, OSHA, Land Use and Zoning, Corporate Relocation and Expansion, Government Relations, Employment, Debt Finance, and Bankruptcy, Workouts and Creditors’ Rights. For a full list of our firm’s practice areas, CLICK HERE.
- Representation of national contractor in successful bid dispute resulting in award to client of contract for North Carolina's first light rail project
- Representation of prime contractor on bid and all other legal issues related to North Carolina's first Turnpike Authority highway construction project ($400 million I-540 extension project)
- Representation of large pharmaceutical company in connection with construction and development of its world headquarters located in Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina
- Representation of national prime contractor on risk management and claims issue related to $480 million airport terminal project
- Representation of municipality in connection with claims and litigation involving $110 million island-wide sewer system project
- Representation of developer in state court litigation involving construction defect claims in a 140-unit town home complex
- Representation of Fortune 500 company on design-build engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement for construction of "next generation" nuclear power plant project estimated at $4 billion
- Representation of large medical practice on design-build agreement for construction of $20 million medical facility
- Representation of international contractor in litigation with government prime contractor arising from performance of the Communications Sector Design/Build Services IDIQ Project in Iraq
- Representation of pre-cast concrete subcontractor in federal court litigation involving a $40 million state prison construction project
- Representation of national contractor on bid issues and claims arising from a $140 million state and federal interstate highway project
- Representation of national contractor in dispute involving airport authority and national concrete contractor in connection with a $10 million airport aircraft taxiway-bridge project
- Representation of Fortune 250 company in negotiations and preparation of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreements for the construction of three solar facilities, totaling 128 megawatts of capacity
- Representation of contractor in dispute arising from construction defect claims involving construction of a $48 million performing arts center
- Served in general counsel role for national general contractor on challenging Public Safety Center project including bid, bond, and subcontractor default issues, as well as design and scheduling-related claims and project closeout issues
- Representation of owner/developer on design and construction agreements for new construction of a national brand hotel
- Representation of surety in engagement of replacement contract and completion of multi-million-dollar public utility projects
- Representation of surety in prosecution of defaulted bond principal’s claim against government-owner for nonpayment for work, securing significant recovery for surety
- Contract drafting and negotiation
- Owner-Contractor-Subcontractor disputes (mediation, arbitration, litigation)
- Federal, state and local government contracting, procurement and bid disputes
- Lien issues and enforcement
- Surety bond and insurance matters (including “Miller” and “Little Miller Act” experience)
- Construction defect and product litigation
- Architect and engineer representation and claims
- Creditors’ rights, collections and bankruptcy protection
- Commercial landlord-tenant upfit, leasing and dispute resolution
- Licensing issues
News & Publications
- Recognized Nationally for Best-in-Class Client Service, Smith Anderson is Named to the BTI Client Service A-Team11.30.2016
- U.S. News and Best Lawyers® Recognizes Smith Anderson in 38 Practice Categories, Awards Firm Two National Ratings11.01.2016
- Smith Anderson’s Real Estate Development Team Recognized as Among the Best in North Carolina by 2016 “Best Law Firms”08.26.2016
- 2017 The Best Lawyers in America© Guide Recognizes 62 Smith Anderson Lawyers – Most in the Firm’s History08.15.2016
- 2016 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Recognizes Smith Anderson in 38 Practice Categories and Awards a National Rating11.02.2015
- 2016 The Best Lawyers in America© Guide Lists 60 Smith Anderson Lawyers – Most in the Firm’s History08.17.2015
- North Carolina Contract Law, 2015
- Robert E. Desmond Selected to Serve as Reporter for the North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions Civil Law Subcommittee08.06.2014
- Smith Anderson Honored with 2013 ‘Best Law Firms’ Rankings by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers
- Smith Anderson Announces 49 of its Firm Lawyers are Named a “Best Lawyer” by The Best Lawyers in America® 201308.29.2012
- Scott Miskimon, Wayne Maiorano and Toby Coleman Author Article in the North Carolina Bar Association’s Change Order Publication05.25.2012
- “Licensing of Construction Industry Professionals” Chapter of North Carolina Construction Law Deskbook (3rd-7th Editions (2016, 2013, 2010, 2006, 2003))
- “Insurance Issues in Construction” Chapter of North Carolina Construction Law Deskbook (3rd-7th Editions (2016, 2013, 2010, 2006, 2003))
- “Construction Liens” Chapter of North Carolina Construction Law Deskbook (4th-7th Editions (2016, 2013, 2010, 2006))
- 11.2012Printed in Change Order, reprinted in Disclosure Statement, February 2013 (publications of the Construction and Bankruptcy Sections of the North Carolina Bar Association respectively)
- 01.2010Printed in Change Order, also in Disclosure Statement, October 2009 (publications of the Construction and Bankruptcy Sections of the North Carolina Bar Association respectively)
- Summary of Key Changes and New Provisions – 2007 AIAs Owner-Contractor General Conditions (A201) and Owner-Architect Agreement (B101)02.28.2008North Carolina Bar Association's Construction Law Section
- The Contractor's 'Sledge Hammer' - The Sale of the Owner's Property (or Threat Thereof) Under North Carolina's Lien Law05.01.2006
- A Selected Bibliography of North Carolina Practice Materials For Lawyers and Other Legal Professionals04.02.2004
- A Selected Bibliography of North Carolina Practice Materials For Lawyers and Other Legal Professionals06.14.2002
Events & Webinars
2016 Closed Transactions
2016 Closed Transactions
Since January 2016, Smith Anderson has advised clients in more than 300 transactions representing approximately $30 billion in value, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; real estate development and construction; life sciences and health care; technology and intellectual property; debt finance; private equity and mezzanine finance; initial public offerings; growth companies and venture capital; and fund formation. The following provides a comprehensive overview of some of our clients' key business transactions in 2016. Highlights include:
- Over 60 Mergers, Acquisitions and Public Offerings totaling approximately $22 billion, including the representation of Quintiles in its merger with IMS Health Holdings.
- Over 60 Life Sciences and Health Care transactions, including an immuno-oncology partnership worth up to $1.6 billion for genome editing company Precision BioSciences.
- Over 70 Debt Finance and more than 50 Private Equity and Mezzanine Finance transactions totaling more than $4 billion.
- Over 100 Real Estate and Construction matters totaling more than $2 billion.
- Over 60 Technology and Intellectual Property transactions totaling more than $3 billion, including the representation of Southern Company and PowerSecure, Inc. in their strategic alliance with Bloom Energy Corporation.
Our firm is fortunate to have worked on a wide array of transactions with a diverse group of clients. CLICK HERE to expand the image below, which lists some of our clients and their business transactions in 2016.