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Raleigh Architect Attorney and Contract Dispute Lawyer


Most architects, engineers, and other construction professionals will eventually have a dispute requiring the assistance of a civil litigation lawyer. The Raleigh construction law firm of Maginnis Law has represented multiple architects in breach of contract disputes and is experienced litigating matters under American Institute of Architect (AIA) contracts. Whether you are an architect being sued for non-performance or need to collect upon an unpaid balance, call Maginnis Howard at (919) 526-0450. For confidential email communication, you may also submit a new case inquiry via our contact page.

Most architects are smart enough not to try to “reinvent the wheel” and do not draft their own contracts. Consequently, the majority of architect contracts are simply a tailored version of a form provided by the AIA. As a result, there are a number of reoccurring legal issues that must be dealt with in most architectural disputes. For collections on unpaid balances, an example would be the clause pertaining to “Termination Expenses” found in many AIA contracts. This clause entitles an architect to certain liquidated damages when a contract has been terminated through no fault of his own. Depending upon the exact AIA contract and phase, the liquidated damages could be a bonus of as much as 20%. Maginnis Law is familiar with this issue and many others frequently arising under AIA contracts. This familiarity can be an asset to our architect clients when it comes to pursuing the full measure of your damages.

Maginnis Howard is also able to represent architects when they’re on “defense,” that is, when they are being sued for alleged non-performance or breach of contract. Significant civil liability can ensue when an architect is being blamed for the failure of a large construction project. One case can ruin an otherwise successful business or unblemished reputation. If you have been sued for alleged violations of an architectural contract, contact the experienced Raleigh construction lawyers of Maginnis Howard.

Maginnis Howard offers free consultations and evaluations to all prospective new clients. We are able to represent architect clients under a variety of arrangements, including hourly and flat rate. Our civil litigation lawyers regularly represent construction clients in and around the Triangle Area, including: Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Morrisville, Wake Forest, Clayton, and Apex.

To speak with a Raleigh civil litigation attorney for an evaluation of your case, or to set up a free consultation, contact Maginnis Howard at (919) 526-0450 or use the submission form found on our contact page.