Construction & Design

Our goal is to help clients keep projects on track

Dunn Carney’s Construction and Design Team represents owners, developers, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and sureties in all phases of public and private construction projects and the running of their businesses. We are a licensed creator of AIA agreements and regularly develop these and other contract forms for clients.

Dunn Carney attorneys are experienced in the construction industry and the law, so we can effectively identify risks, evaluate issues and opportunities, craft solutions and, when necessary, represent clients in litigation. Our goal is to help construction clients keep their projects and businesses on track.

We know construction processes and procedures, so we’re able to resolve disputes quickly and efficiently.


Construction defect claims are a major area of our construction litigation practice. We are experienced in representing all parties to construction defect litigation, including owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, architects and engineers, materials suppliers, product manufacturers, as well as the insurers of these parties and professionals.

We’ve represented construction defect claims that involve airport facilities, apartment buildings, condominium buildings, floating homes, homeowner associations and townhomes, retail and distribution centers, senior living centers and single family residences.

We strive to win but always keep in mind the economic objectives of the client. When possible we participate in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.

Our Construction & Design Expertise

Real Estate


Notices and lien filings, foreclosures, collections and defense. When defending lien claims, we evaluate and assert all possible defenses and work to achieve the best possible economic result for the client.

Construction and AIA Contracts

Draft, review and negotiate a wide variety of contracts including AIA contracts, and contracts for public, private, commercial and residential projects

Public Works Projects

All aspects of federal and state public works projects, including contract review and negotiation, bid disputes, change orders, and performance and payment bond claims


Business transactions, entity formation and governance, business planning, advice and documentation, contracts and agreements, finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions, exit strategies, tax and succession planning


Contract and payment disputes, construction lien claims, construction defect claims, construction accidents, bond and safety claims, residential disputes brought before the Oregon Construction Contractors Board

Mediation and Arbitration Services 

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All aspects of managing the workplace, avoiding risk, resolving disputes and advising on benefits and compensation, employment agreements, employment claims, employment policies, OFLA/FMLA, ADA

Construction & Design Team Leader

William R. Joseph


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Portland law firm Dunn Carney represents clients in the construction and design industry.

Bill Joseph’s specific knowledge and experience of our industry is a real asset. He processes information and then gives us proper documents and strategies.