Construction Litigation

  • Filing, perfecting, litigating and enforcing mechanics’ liens.
  • Litigating and maintaining lender’s priority rights in lien disputes.
  • Defending suppliers, laborers and subcontractors in breach of contract claims, workmanship issues and payment disputes.
  • Representing builders and owners in contract disputes involving costs, change orders, workmanship, timeliness and related general contract disputes.
  • Review and advise engineers, architects, subcontracts and general contractors on rights and responsibilities in AIA contracts.

Missouri Construction Lien Law (“Mechanics Lien Law) is one of the most complex and difficult to apply provisions of Missouri law. Its purpose is to protect contractors and construction workers who perform work on a building and do not get paid. It is also designed to protect property workers who have construction work done by giving them a way to make sure that they do not have to pay twice for the same work.

A lienor in privity with the owner of the property must record a claim of lien on a statutorily prescribed form within 6 months days from the completion of work on the project.  An action to enforce a construction claim of lien must be brought within 6 months from the date of the recording of the claim of lien in the public records.