Quinn Emanuel has unrivaled experience in high-value, technically-complex construction disputes. Our specialist construction disputes lawyers have been involved in numerous nine and 10-figure cases for claimants and defendants around the globe.
Every construction project is different, as is every construction dispute. Our construction disputes lawyers are not just litigators or arbitrators – they are construction specialists and have detailed knowledge of the construction industry and how construction projects work, and are adept at getting to grips with the technical details of every case we try. They are also ready to be deployed to client or site offices around the world to rapidly gain an in-depth understanding of a project and our client’s commercial objectives, and to bring this to bear in the disputes process from day one. None of our competitors can match this capability, mobility, expertise and experience.
Construction disputes are also amongst the most fact and evidence heavy, technically complex and document intensive disputes in the legal world. Our construction disputes lawyers are experienced at proactively managing and controlling every aspect of the disputes process, from claims preparation, through document retrieval and discovery/disclosure to managing experts and conducting trials, thereby ensuring that our clients always maintain the strategic advantage in any dispute.
We act for the full range of participants in the construction industry: owners/employers, contractors and subcontractors, developers, designers, engineers and other professionals, lenders, investors and insurers. We also have detailed knowledge of all of the major forms of construction contract and have conducted arbitrations under all of the key international arbitration rules. Our team has also acted in a number of construction defect class actions.
Our firm is known for our trial prowess. The same is true in construction cases. This not only provides our clients an advantage if a case is tried, but it also provides leverage in achieving optimal settlements.
Unlike virtually every other major law firm operating in this sector, we are willing to consider alternative fee structures, including contingency, success fee and flat fee arrangements, whenever we believe they would be mutually beneficial for us and our clients.
Quinn Emanuel was ranked in the area of Construction by Best Lawyers.
James Bremen, the chair of the firm’s construction and engineering practice, is ranked in three categories in Chambers Global: Middle East-wide, Dispute Resolution; Qatar, Dispute Resolution: International Firms; and Qatar, Projects & Energy. Mr. Bremen is also listed as a construction specialist in Who’s Who Legal: Construction 2015 to date and has been the author of the Global Arbitration Review chapters on construction arbitration in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the last two years.
(1) An arbitration in relation to the construction and exploitation of an oil and gas plant. The dispute arose out of additional costs allegedly incurred by the contractor during the execution of the project. The value of the original project is in excess of US$ 1.7 billion and the additional costs claimed by the contractor are over US$ 300 million.
(2) An arbitration against a French EPC contractor in the energy industry. The dispute relates to delays to the rehabilitation and adaptation of a refinery in North Africa. The amount in dispute is in excess of EUR 1.8 billion.
(3) An arbitration initiated by a European defense and aerospace company. The dispute relates to delays to two EPC contracts for the installation of security systems designed to ensure the security of pipelines.
Quinn Emanuel mourns the loss of one of its name partners, Bill Urquhart. Bill joined the firm 31 years ago when it was just a few lawyers in downtown Los Angeles. Bill was a visionary and helped lead a transformation of the firm from a small litigation boutique to the largest and most successful litigation firm in the world, with over 800 lawyers in 23 offices on four continents.
In his legal practice, Bill was a sage counselor and trusted advisor for both plaintiffs and defendants, and for numerous Fortune 100 companies in their most important disputes — matters that usually involved tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of dollars. Over the years he advised IBM, Hughes, Johnson Controls, CNA, Nokia and Qualcomm, among many many others.
For the many people at the firm who were fortunate to know Bill, he was more than a visionary partner and excellent lawyer, he was also a friend, who lived and loved life. He was loved and will be missed.
He leaves behind his wife Mary and 6 children, and our thoughts are with them in this time of grief.