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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

  • 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
  • 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

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Since January 2015, Smith Anderson has advised clients in more than 300 transactions representing approximately $11 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 closed business transactions in 2015. Highlights include: 

  • Over 60 mergers, acquisitions and securities offerings totaling approximately $4 billion, including the first qualified offering under new Regulation A for Groundfloor Finance, the first multi-state real estate peer-to-peer micro-lending platform for non-accredited investors.
  • Over 60 life sciences and health care transactions and 40 information and materials technology transactions totaling in excess of $4 billion, including Quintiles/Quest global joint venture in the creation of Q2 Solutions with initial annual revenues of nearly $600 million.
  • Over 100 real estate and construction matters totaling in excess of $2 billion, including the expansions at North Hills by Kane Realty Corporation.
  • Over 80 senior and mezzanine debt financing transactions totaling in excess of $4 billion.
  • 2016 SPOTLIGHT DEAL: Lead counsel in a worldwide immuno-oncology partnership worth up to $1.6 billion for genome editing company Precision BioSciences. 

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 completed in 2015.

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