Concrete Construction

Marina Complex, Florida

Our client is an international designer, manufacturer, and installer of marina facilities. We act as their national litigation counsel and general counsel. We have handled cases, in and out of litigation, including a multimillion-dollar claim arising out of damage to a marina after construction. Damage was due in part to faulty construction of the sea walls, work that was not performed by our client. There were allegations—ultimately unproven—of underdesign or inappropriate design. Through a mediation process with an experienced construction mediator, we were able to obtain a positive outcome in a matter that could have been extremely expensive if it had proceeded to trial.

University Stadium

Mr. Coleman represented a national architect/engineer in defense of a $20 million claim by a major university against the designer (our client) and contractor arising out of the tear-out and replacement of the concrete concourse diaphragm slab for the football stadium and other defects in concrete construction. Claims included alleged errors in design of lateral load system and numerous defects in concrete construction and design. The case was settled in mediation.

Great Lakes Aquarium, Duluth, MN

Mr. Coleman was lead counsel in an eight-week jury trial defending a $4.2 million claim by the owner against the design team, arising out of construction of concrete tanks for the Great Lakes Aquarium. The client was the structural engineer and “target” defendant. Allegations included errors and omissions, repair costs and delays, and lost revenues. After an eight-week jury trial, jury verdict found the design team not negligent and awarded zero dollars to plaintiff against the design team.

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Client Comments

As a registered engineer, Jeff understands the technical aspects of our business and uses his technical knowledge to provide appropriate legal advice. I don’t need to explain engineering to him –… Read More
– Keith Jacobson, President , VAA

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Updates

OSHA’s Silica Rule: Risk Management and Best Practices

OSHA requires employers to limit workers’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica and to take appropriate steps to protect workers whose exposure reaches certain thresholds.

Jeff Coleman designated a top MN construction attorney by Chambers and Partners

We are pleased to announce that founding partner Jeff Coleman has again been named one of the top Construction attorneys in Minnesota by the international attorney rating organization, Chambers and Partners. The designation “Band 1” is based on their rigorous, independent research, which includes interviews with clients and peers. To go to Jeff’s description in […]

Understanding and Navigating the Business Immigration Process—The H-1B Visa

Recommendations for securing H-1B Visa approval. Enabling American companies to employ foreign workers in \”specialty occupations\” which require highly qualified and skilled employees..

Lars Erickson elected to the Minnesota Concrete Council Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce that partner Lars Erickson has been elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Concrete Council. The MCC is a concrete-related trade association dedicated to advancing education, technical practice, scientific investigation and research into cast-in-place concrete. Lars has been practicing law since 1996 and has […]

The Go/NoGo Process: Risk Analysis of Client, Project and Team

Projects are the lifeblood of A/E business. But the marketing resources required to secure a project can be significant. From a management perspective it’s a balancing act: Is pursuing this project a worthwhile investment? Are the project and client a good fit for our firm? Would this project truly benefit the business—in terms of profit […]

Lobbying, PACs and Contributions: What A/E Execs Need to Know

Legislation and public policy are crucial factors in the lives of architects and engineers. So. . . A/E professionals need to know how individuals, companies and professional organizations can ethically influence public policy and law. and A/E executives should build a culture that encourages and supports employee civic involvement, while in no way suggesting that […]

A Proactive Approach to Claims

No one wants to have a claim filed against them. So you need to know how to recognize an incident that could become a claim, and how to manage the incident before it progresses to litigation. Then you need to share lessons learned with your staff.

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Roundtable

The Coleman Executive Roundtable for Architects and Engineers is a community of architectural and engineering industry leaders who come together quarterly to learn about and discuss current business issues.

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