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Our firm represents the nation’s largest private developers and REITs in the planning, implementation and finalization of modernization, re-use and ground-up construction projects and programs. We provide specific and specialized representation on all aspects of private development, including:

  • Entitlements
  • Drafting and upgrading design and construction contracts tailored for each project and scale
  • Contract administration
  • Change order review and analysis
  • Consultant interface and oversight
  • Dispute review, analysis and resolution
  • Project closeout
  • Defective and non-conforming construction disputes
  • Claim preparation and analysis (prosecution and defense)
  • Mediation, arbitration, and litigation

Our firm has assisted with the delivery of ground-up and adaptive reuse high-rise hotels, multi-family residential projects, large-scale commercial projects, large-scale domestic and island resorts, and private estate residences, both in the United States and internationally. In addition to California, we have construction attorneys licensed in Hawaii and Texas, and work with associated local counsel in other domestic and international jurisdictions as required. We offer our own set of prepared and tested transactional documents that have been used by our developer clients to deliver billions of dollars of implemented projects. In addition, we are experts with the use of the AIA transactional documents and very experienced with the alternative delivery methods suggested by the AIA. We can conform any set of proposed construction transaction documents to specific project conditions and developer or lender requirements.

We also represent construction lenders in post-financing matters where the lender is named in construction disputes between a borrower and contractors of any tier on a project or when the lender’s security interest in the real property is implicated.

Recent Success

Orbach Huff & Henderson has been privileged to serve as counsel to our private developer clients on billions of dollars of construction projects. By way of example, we:

  • Successfully transacted a $300M private works contract for a commercial redevelopment.
  • Successfully settled a $24M claim for a hotel developer.
  • Successfully settled a $35M claim for a hotel developer.
  • Successfully transacted a $180M private works contract for a commercial redevelopment.
  • Successfully transacted a $60M private works contract for a multi-family housing developer.
  • Successfully transacted a $12M design/build contract for a resorts developer.
  • Successfully settled a $10M claim against a multi-family housing developer.
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    David M. Huff


    David M. Huff is an equity partner at Orbach Huff & Henderson and is a trial and appellate lawyer as well as transactional advisor in all aspects...

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