Construction and Real Estate Litigation

Construction Litigation
We represent owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, sureties, and design professionals in construction contract negotiation, performance advice, and dispute management and resolution.  Our size and diversity allow us to provide guidance to our clients on a full range of construction and related legal services at both the regional and national level.
Our attorneys regularly represent contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties, and design professionals in all aspects of construction and bond disputes, including insurance and bond coverage issues, requests for equitable adjustments for labor productivity impacts or delays, breach of contract, differing site conditions, scope disputes, mechanic's liens, condemnation actions, construction defects, and other contract claims.

We handle litigation matters involving numerous types of bonds, including performance and payment bonds, and various statutory and common-law bonds. Our attorneys have successfully brought suit in numerous jurisdictions in pursuit of indemnity, exoneration, and salvage against principals, indemnitors, and other third parties in order to recoup the surety's losses. 
We emphasize preventive legal services including initial assistance in drafting and negotiating contracts and real-time consultation on proper contract administration and claims procedure compliance. We always emphasize effective risk management and efficient resolution of business disputes.

We represent our clients in federal trial and bankruptcy courts, state trial courts, and appellate courts of all levels throughout the country.  Our attorneys use alternative dispute resolution, participating in arbitration and mediation both as advocates for our clients and as arbitrators and mediators familiar with the construction industry.

Real Estate Litigation
We have both the in-depth industry knowledge and the courtroom skills to represent clients in real estate disputes.  Whether it is aggressive courtroom advocacy, achieving summary disposition before trial, or economic resolution through arbitration, mediation or otherwise, we are experienced representing local, regional and national clients in a comprehensive range of real estate disputes.  Representative clients include closely held and public companies, commercial and residential property owners, commercial lessors and tenants, real estate developers, home builders, contractors, condominium and community associations, and builders of large residential communities.  

We are experienced in handling the following types of actions and disputes:

  • complex zoning litigation
  • land use matters, including appeals
  • zoning approval representation
  • condemnation and "takings" cases
  • eminent domain cases
  • adverse possession claims
  • adjoining property owner disputes
  • title disputes
  • broker-buyer disputes
  • prescriptive easement claims
  • landlord-tenant disputes
  • disputes arising from real estate transactions
  • construction litigation
  • real estate arising out of bankruptcy proceedings
  • lease disputes
  • green construction

  • Best Law Firms

U.S. News Awards Top-Tier Rankings to 46 Whiteford Practices, Including 18 Nationally

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that U.S. News and World Report - Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms” has awarded the firm exemplary rankings for 2019.  Eighteen of the firm’s practices are ranked at the national level, including two practices with national Tier 1 rankings:  Litigation and Bankruptcy.  At the state level, an additional forty-six practices have been ranked in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and VA.

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Recognized as National Tier 1 by U.S. News and World Report

The 2017 edition of U.S. News and World Report - Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms” has awarded Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP exemplary ratings in its seventh annual rankings of law firms.

Twenty of the firm’s practices were ranked at the national level, as well as thirty-seven in Maryland, ten in Washington, D.C., and two in Roanoke, VA.

36 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Named Maryland Super Lawyers

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP (WTP) is pleased to announce that 36 WTP attorneys have been named in Maryland Super Lawyers publication. Maryland Super Lawyers will appear in a special advertising section in the January 2007 issue of Baltimore Magazine and in the Maryland Super Lawyers magazine.