Construction Law

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Carr Maloney’s Construction Law Practice attorneys have over thirty years of experience working with construction industry providers in defending litigation claims and advising on contract negotiations, risk management, and best practices.


We represent developers, public and private owners, design professionals and consultants, general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, insurance companies, and lenders in all manner of litigation claims, arbitrations, mediations, and other alternative dispute resolutions. Our attorneys have obtained defense verdicts in numerous construction site accident cases involving paralysis and catastrophic injuries.

Our experience includes: 

  • Construction defect claims involving envelope, structural, and MEP issues
  • Contract disputes
  • Delay claims
  • Fire loss claims
  • Toxic contamination/pollution
  • Large construction accidents
  • Third-party property damage claims
  • Mechanic’s lien enforcement

We have defended construction managers, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals in projects ranging from the construction of bridges spanning the Potomac River, interstate highways, hotels, sports and entertainment complexes and single-family homes and condominium complexes. Our practice group of construction attorneys were also involved in a suit brought against EIFS applicators that was litigated in jurisdictions throughout the United States.

Mechanic’s Lien

Carr Maloney construction law attorneys regularly advise general contractors and subcontractors in the filing and enforcement of mechanic’s lien claims in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Our construction law practice is composed of seasoned construction law attorneys dedicated to getting results for our clients.

In construction law, a mechanic’s lien is a statutorily created security interest in real property in favor of those who supply labor or materials to improve the property. Mechanic’s liens are governed by strictly interpreted statutes. Failure to follow all the requirements of the mechanic’s lien statutes in properly filing and serving the lien and in timely filing suit to enforce the lien rights can result in the dismissal of the mechanics’ lien and loss of lien rights.

The attorneys at Carr Maloney have significant experience in filing and enforcing mechanic’s liens in commercial and residential projects.

Risk Management and Best Practices

Carr Maloney attorneys are well positioned to advise and counsel construction industry clients regarding contractual issues, best practices with regard to documentation and risk management based on our thirty-plus years of experience litigating large-exposure construction cases.

We have negotiated and resolved claims between and among contractors and subcontractors, as well as between owners and contractors. Our ability to identify risks and potential contractual issues helps save significant “real-world” dollars for our construction clients. We seek to reduce costs relating to delays, resolve disputes in ways that avoid the significant costs associated with litigation, and maintain quality relationships between our clients and their clients.

Our attorneys also counsel construction industry clients on issues relating to drafting and interpreting contracts. We believe that thoughtful analysis prior to initiating a project one of the most cost-effective services an attorney can provide.

Outside General Counsel

Many Carr Maloney attorneys serve as outside general counsel to small to midsize companies. We provide the guidance, experience, and legal expertise to facilitate our clients’ day-to-day operations and to minimize risks and litigation exposure.

Ken Stallard is an experienced construction law trial attorney and serves as outside general counsel to general contractors, architects, and others in the construction industry.

Service to the Industry

Our Construction Law Practice Group attorneys routinely moderate industry panels, present at seminars, publish articles on construction-related topics, and participate in trade associations.

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