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Building legal support for your success

Risks are inherent in construction projects. From permits, easements, and proffers to contractor performance, delays, and supplier problems, the potential hurdles in construction projects are seemingly endless.

The construction team at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig guides clients through these hurdles, handling transactions, negotiations, and litigation in every region we serve. Our firm handle helps clients through the entire construction lifecycle, from drafting contracts and design/build agreements and obtaining licenses and permits to assisting with real estate development matters and litigating disputes.

Our experience in construction

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig represents purchasers, owners, builders, developers, building owners, construction companies, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, engineers, and architects. The litigation matters our construction lawyers handle include payment disputes, mechanic’s liens, change orders, defects, and delay issues. We also have extensive experience in transactional matters, including negotiation and preparation of contracts, design/build agreements, and construction loans.

Our construction lawyers work hand in hand with our real estate lawyers, employment lawyers, and corporate lawyers. Our team includes attorneys for some of the leading lenders in the construction and development industry, and experienced corporate mergers and acquisitions lawyers.

What we do

  • Represent clients in construction disputes, including construction defect, warranty claim, fraud, misrepresentation, material nondisclosure, and breach of contract and delay litigation, before federal and state courts, arbitrators, and mediators
  • Advise clients in the construction of single-family and multifamily housing and commercial and industrial facilities
  • Draft and negotiate terms of contracts, design/build, and build-out agreements
  • Help clients obtain building licenses and permits
  • Represent clients before the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
  • Advise clients on subdivisions, dedications, easements, and boundary line adjustments
  • Address local permitting and code issues and interpretations during due diligence and design
  • Handle administrative enforcement actions, including zoning appeals and zoning violations
  • Manage issues relating to employment and contractors
  • Release and enforce mechanic’s liens
  • Support clients in obtaining financing


Tamara Dunlap


Daniel Finnegan


Bernard Goodman


Dubs Herschlip


H. Scott Johnson, Jr.


Cortland Putbrese



David Trinnes

Senior Associate

Craig Donais

Of Counsel

Ivan Pasarell-Jove

Of Counsel

Chadwick D. Rogers

Of Counsel

Anna Kinney

Patent Agent

William (Calvin) Smith

Senior Counsel


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Intern Program

As part of our effort to recruit, develop and retail the best and brightest attorneys, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig offers a summer intern program for promising law school students who are looking to work as part of an innovative and incredibly successful team. With a global team of lawyers, selected candidates are able to work on high level projects in a collaborative space.

Paralegals and Legal Support Staff

At Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, our team of paralegals and staff work together collaboratively along side our attorneys toward a common goal. We have created a positive work environment where our paralegals and legal assistants work to successfully reach firm-wide goals and support each other to combine individual strengths to enhance team performance. They regularly assist our attorneys with organizing and maintaining files, conducting legal research, and preparing documents.