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Construction, Fidelity & Surety

Attorneys practicing in this area are very experienced representing clients in every aspect of construction, fidelity, and surety law. We have extensive knowledge of all types of contract surety bonds, financial institution bonds, probate bonds, motor vehicle dealers bonds and virtually all other types of bonds.

Baker Sterchi attorneys in this practice group have represented general contractors, subcontractors, owners and design professionals in connection with all phases of construction. Our attorneys have extensive experience advising clients on the drafting of nearly every form of document used in the fidelity and surety industry, including: financing documents; construction escrow agreements; construction contracts and subcontracts; general and special conditions; and joint venture and partnering agreements. In addition, our firm has considerable experience in the preparation, filing and defending of mechanic’s liens.

When a claim arises, we very efficiently begin an analysis and investigation, drawing on our skills analyzing records related to contract balances, pending claims, job site conditions, percentage of work completed or to be completed, in addition to the handling, rebidding or reletting of terminated contracts. We frequently conduct these investigations with outside consultants selected by our clients. We have helped prepare and defend simple and complex construction claims.

Our firm has extensive experience representing clients when disputes arise, including in the bankruptcy context, in actions to obtain non-dischargability, and in a number of adversary proceedings. In addition to representing clients at trials, and in arbitrations and mediations, our attorneys have negotiated numerous settlements of fidelity, surety and construction claims. Several of our attorneys have served as arbitrators or mediators in connection with fidelity, surety or construction claims.

For more information about our fidelity and surety practice contact Scott Kreamer or John Watt in Kansas City at 816.471.2121. In St. Louis, contact Rob Chandler at 314.345.5000.