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The construction department at Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell is dedicated to the representation of contractors, designers, and public and private developers.

Partners Richard R. Chaves and Christine M. Hoke manage the firm’s construction law department with the assistance from Of Counsel attorney Kevin D. Wilkinson and associate attorney’s Douglas T. Johnson, Leeza D. Gotkin, and Scott A. Lombardo.

Areas of Construction Law Expertise

  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Change orders
  • Commercial construction
  • Construction and design-related disputes
  • Contract review, negotiations and preparation
  • Construction defect claims
  • Delay claims
  • Construction liens
  • Payment and collection disputes
  • Residential construction

Representative Construction Matters

Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell has represented public owners, private developers, contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and their respective insurers in literally billions of dollars in combined value of projects. Examples include cutting edge LEED certified, museum and office developments, airport and courthouse construction, contract preparation, and managing both the prosecution and defense (for both insurer and insured) of construction defect claims, including challenging national issues such as indoor air quality and Chinese drywall conditions.

The firm’s construction attorneys frequently lecture on the subjects of design responsibility, condominium use, delay analysis, defect claims, and contract evaluation throughout the State of Florida.

Palm Beach County Construction Litigation Attorneys

Partner Richard Chaves chairs the Department, along with construction partners Bruce Alexander, Christine Hoke, who are all Board Certified in Construction Law by The Florida Bar. They are experts in construction law matters relating to the design and construction of improvements on private and public projects.

Mr. Alexander exclusively dedicates his practice to the handling of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) construction-related claims as a mediator, arbitrator, and third party neutral.