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Construction Lawyer in Missoula, Montana

Common Sense Montana Construction Legal Services Focused on The Construction Industry and Process.

Bulman Jones & Cook Has Experience Representing Construction Companies, Workers, and Contractors Against Alleged Defective Machinery or Dangerous Practices as It Relates to Construction Law in The State of Montana.

The complexity of construction projects – large or small – requires expert legal advice to prevent or resolve problems that arise before, during, and after construction. At Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC our construction legal team can help you confidently approach all phases of your construction ventures and resolve issues to minimize problems, expenses, and delays. We understand how to handle your problems because we have been part of the building process.

Our attorneys assist in finding prompt, professional, and efficient solutions to your problems and are committed to assisting at all stages of the construction process; from negotiation and drafting of contracts on the front end, through the various stages of dispute resolution. The legal team at Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC are trial-tested and available to assist clients through the entire litigation process, including mediation, arbitration, trial, and appeals. Our firm serves clients across Montana and North Dakota, allowing us to advise construction clients throughout the region.

At Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC, we have extensive experience in a variety of matters arising out of both public and private-sector construction projects. We represent owners, architects, engineers, surveyors, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and sureties. In all manner of construction, including residential, commercial, and public works projects our team can help. Call our Missoula office to schedule your free consultation.

Experienced Missoula
Construction Attorneys

At Bulman jones & cook PLLC, we believe a small team of one or two experienced litigators is better than an army of lawyers, and that belief gives our clients the attention they deserve without waste or bureaucracy. Our lawyers have successfully litigated numerous construction-related matters and cases in Montana state and federal trial courts, and all levels of appellate court.

Even the best-planned construction projects can lead to litigation. Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC works to proactively avoid or resolve disputes, frequently using mediation and arbitration of claims involving cost, design error, and project management.

We represent your interests in controversies involving bid protests and mistakes, cost disputes, design error, defective installation, and contract disputes. These disputes typically involve multiple parties and are highly fact-intensive, you need an experienced Montana construction legal team to protect your best interests.

Our attorneys assist our clients in finding prompt, professional, and efficient solutions to their problems and are committed to assisting clients at all stages of the construction process, from negotiation and drafting of contracts on the front end, through the various stages of dispute resolution. Our construction law attorneys are trial-tested and available to assist clients through the entire litigation process, including mediation, arbitration, trial, and appeals. Our firm serves clients across Montana and North Dakota, allowing us to advise construction clients throughout the region.

We represent public and private owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, and suppliers at every phase of the construction process.

Construction Claims

As your construction lawyers, Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC can submit a claim for added compensation and added time, and represent you throughout any dispute resolution procedures or negotiations. We can also submit claims for unforeseen circumstances such as unanticipated job site conditions, defects in designs, as well as delays, disruptions, or any interferences in work. As your construction lawyer team, we will ensure all your construction-related claims conform to any contractual obligations or legal requirements.

Construction Contracts

Contracts are critical in construction, Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC can guide you effectively in ensuring your construction-related contracts are legally sound, grounded in reasonable expectations, account for proper notice requirements and job site conditions. This includes accounting for job site conditions, scheduling delays, insurance, and unforeseen circumstances. We can also provide revisions to existing contracts.
Construction projects can get very complicated, with so many stakeholders (contractors, subcontractors, architects, and suppliers) involved. Our firm’s practice is comprehensive, covering a full range of contract types and issues. This includes:
  • Bidding & Negotiating

  • Preparing Contracts

  • Subcontractor Issues

  • Contract Terminations

Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC will help review current contracts, determine justifiable termination, and follow the proper procedures to ensure a successful termination. We will represent you in any subsequent litigation or arbitration and prevent wrongful terminations or defend claimants of wrongful termination.

Our attorneys also handle a wide range of other contracts, from home improvement contracts to government contracts to supplier contracts and more.

At Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC, we have the proven ability to help clients create effective contracts and use them appropriately to protect their interests. Give us a call today to discuss your unique situation. Based in Missoula, we serve clients throughout Montana.

Construction Defects

New construction or rehabilitation projects — whether residential or commercial — do not always end up meeting acceptable standards. Construction defects that were either overlooked or covered up can come to light at a later time, resulting in significant financial hardship for the owning association or property management company. The legal system affords a path to allocating responsibility and recouping those costs.

Defective construction can cause problems for owners and residents in any type of residential or commercial property, including condominiums, rehabilitation projects, retail structures, and office buildings. Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC has experience handling numerous types of defects such as:
  • Asphalt, Condominium, Design, Electrical, or Glazing Defects

  • Defective Roofing, Stucco, Masonry, or Windows

  • Inferior Building Materials

  • Mechanical (HVAC) Defects

  • Soil & Erosion Issues

  • Water Intrusion

Construction defect claims can pose a risk of significant liability, particularly for those without insurance coverage (or adequate coverage). The expert knowledge of Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC is essential for successfully defending against defect claims in this niche area of law. Contact our law office in Missoula, Montana to arrange a consultation and get the support you need.

Construction Disputes

Construction disputes are almost inevitable in Montana construction projects. At Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC, our construction law team provides effective and efficient legal representation to property owners, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers involved in construction disputes.
Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC handles all aspects of construction disputes from negotiation, arbitration, and mediation to litigation and appeal. Our firm has many years of experience handling a wide range of construction-related disputes, including:
  • Bond Claims

  • Change Order, Delay, & Disruption Claims

  • Construction Claims

  • Construction Cost Accountings

  • Construction Partnership, Joint Venture, & Corporation Dissolutions

  • Contract & Specification Scope Disputes

  • Defective & Nonconforming Work Claims

  • DIscrepancies & Interpretations of Poorly Drafted Construction Documents

  • Payment & Collection Issues

  • Prosecuting Claims for the Payment of Prompt Payment Penalties

  • Prosecution of Claims

  • Surety matters

We can effectively evaluate insurance policies to determine if an insurance company should be involved in the resolution of a dispute.

Construction Litigation

The construction legal team at Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC provides comprehensive guidance to property owners, developers, suppliers, construction companies, sureties, and other business clients that are affiliated with the construction industry.
Based in Missoula, our construction litigation lawyers have extensive collective experience in construction law and related areas. We are dynamic litigators with a proven track record of success in a broad range of cases.
You don’t need a large firm to tackle complex construction litigation issues. At Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC, our lawyers provide high-caliber legal services with unparalleled efficiency and value. Contact by calling to arrange a consultation. We serve clients throughout Montana and North Dakota.

Contractor Licensing

At Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC we provide comprehensive representation; from the formation of a construction company and contracts and litigation to providing our clients with the knowledgeable guidance and support they require.
One of the many ways that we help our clients is by providing assistance with contractor licensing issues. We help contractors obtain licensing and provide legal services to help our clients with regulatory compliance. Should you ever face disciplinary proceedings, you can rely on us for the sound advice and vigorous representation you require.
We offer a free consultation to discuss your legal needs. For assistance, contact our law office in Missoula, Montana.

Delays and Payment Claims

The successful completion of any construction project depends on staying on track with both the schedule and the budget. When something goes awry, the interests of multiple stakeholders may be in jeopardy — from the project owner to the general contractor to individual subcontractors. Delay and payment claims are essential to enforcing parties’ rights. They also serve to allocate costs among the parties responsible for the delay or wrongly withheld payment.

Pursuing Delay & Payment Claims

Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC has achieved significant success in pursuing delay and payment claims on behalf of owners, construction companies, and general contractors. We have helped avert serious financial losses for clients by enforcing their right to compensation. The contractual terms — particularly liquidated damages provisions — often provide the foundation for a solid recovery under the right circumstances.

Defending Against Delay & Payment Claims

Our lawyers have defended against numerous delay claims on behalf of construction contractors. Often, an alleged delay may have been due to factors beyond anyone’s control, such as inclement weather. In other cases, the delay may have been excusable — or it could have been due to the fault of the owner. Our legal team will carefully examine the circumstances of your situation to develop an effective approach.
At Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC, our attorneys handle construction delay and payment claims for both plaintiffs and defendants. Our clients include contractors, subcontractors, owners, architects, engineers, and others in the construction industry.

Infrastructure Projects

Properly insuring a construction project at the start is extremely. Once a construction defect is discovered, analyzing insurance policies for coverage and tendering the claim is time-consuming and complicated. If an insurance company wrongfully denies a claim it is equally important to protect your rights. At Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC, our Montana construction lawyers will work with your insurance companies to get you the full and fair compensation you deserve. Our lawyers represent contractors, subcontractors, and others in the construction industry in matters against insurance companies, including issues involving:
  • Comprehensive Liability Policies

  • Construction Defects

  • Coverage Disputes

  • Faulty Design

  • Indemnity

  • Insurance Payments

  • Wrap-Up Insurance Policies

If you are having difficulty dealing with an insurance company, we can help. Contact our Missoula, Montana construction law attorneys online or call to schedule a free consultation to discuss your situation.

Insurance Issues

The development of a state, county, municipal, and school infrastructure project is often complex, time-consuming, and prone to many potential difficulties. At Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC, our Montana infrastructure contract lawyers handle all municipal construction matters. We will work to ensure that your project is carried out with a minimal amount of problems and liability. We have extensive experience in alternative project delivery methods and provide seasoned assistance with contract drafting and review.

Our construction contract lawyers provide legal representation in large and small state municipal projects and federal municipal projects. We are fully capable of handling any type of construction undertaking, including:
  • Highway Construction

  • Municipal Facilities

  • Pipelines

  • Public Schools

  • Recreational Buildings

  • Road Construction

  • Sewer Projects

  • Transportation Systems

  • Wastewater Treatment Plants

We provide dedicated assistance with contract bidding, negotiation, and formation related to government construction projects. We have a deep understanding of Montana contract law, Montana state law, and appellate court cases concerning the contractor’s obligations. You can rely on us to put this knowledge to work for you in any sort of infrastructure contract or project. In addition, we will also aggressively represent your interests in litigation and alternative dispute resolution when necessary.
If you are involved in a large state, county, municipal, and school construction project, it is important to have seasoned legal representation to protect your interests. Contact our Montana construction law attorneys by calling to schedule a free consultation to discuss your situation.

Lien and Bond Claims

Liens and bonds are important tools designed to protect the rights of the various people involved in construction projects. They are critical for managing risk and protecting investments.
Pursuing liens and bond claims is a highly technical field of law which includes detailed procedural requirements and numerous rigid deadlines. Attempting to navigate these intricacies on your own can result in any number of errors and pitfalls. It is well worth the investment to hire a lien and bond claim lawyer who can enforce the lien or bond in an efficient, seamless manner.
The construction law firm of Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC provides highly experienced counsel in lien and bond claims. We have a proven record of success demonstrating our extraordinary level of expertise in Montana construction law.

Prevailing Wage Issues

Federal law and Montana law provide a number of protections for workers in the construction industry. One of the protections offered to construction workers is the prevailing wage. If you are a contractor or subcontractor who has failed to pay the prevailing wage rate to construction workers who have performed work on a public works project, you may be confronted with legal action by a public entity.

If you are a contractor or subcontractor in need of a strong defense, contact Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC. Our attorneys are skilled at protecting the rights of contractors and subcontractors and defending clients who have been accused of failing to pay workers the prevailing wage rate. Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC will work diligently to protect your rights. We also advise contractors and subcontractors on proper compliance with prevailing wage requirements. To contact a construction law attorney at our firm, contact our law office in Missoula, Montana.

Protecting Payments

The construction law team at Bulman Jones & Cook PLLC will ensure contractors receives the full payment promised, covering a myriad of costs including labor, equipment, and materials. We will make sure all costs incurred will be covered in the terms of your contract.

Our legal team can also take civil action to recover any unpaid sum, as well as file liens and claims against a payment bond on both public and private projects or defend you if you have had a claim for payment made against you.