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Construction & Development

Gentry Locke handles sophisticated issues related to commercial, industrial, and public-sector construction and development projects.

We do everything from assisting with acquisition, project development, and contracts up front all the way through to helping resolve the payment and defective-construction issues that may arise after the end of a job.

Acquisition, Redevelopment, Zoning, and Permitting

Whether building new or revitalizing an existing property, Gentry Locke can help pave the way for the most efficient use of your project’s time and money. Our Real Estate, Environmental, and Municipal attorneys help with smoother financing transactions and on-time closings, zoning and land use permits and variances, brownfields and environmental permitting and indemnifications, historic tax credits, insurance issues, vendor contracts, LEED strategies, and municipal and local government issues. If your project requires something in order to move forward, our attorneys can provide the resources and solutions.

Construction Law

Our knowledge, together with hard work and exhaustive preparation, is part of what distinguishes the construction practice group at Gentry Locke from others. We represent parties from all aspects of the industry, which allows us to see issues and disputes from all angles. We’re also active participants in industry groups like the AGC and the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance. Our solid credentials in the commercial construction industry come with a reputation for being down-to-earth, approachable people with an effective and healthy balance between being aggressive and being reasonable. Group leader Brett Marston sees to it that Gentry Locke attorneys meet the demands of a very competitive industry, one client at a time.

It’s not unusual for us to advise construction clients with major projects elsewhere. These include building owners, subcontractors, contractors, suppliers, bonding companies, architects, and engineers. Our team of attorneys is known for hard work, thorough preparation, approachability, and a fine balance between aggressiveness and judiciousness.

Gentry Locke hits its stride when it comes to the punch-list of needs and issues:

  • Contract document origination and refinement
  • Build/design agreements
  • Licensing
  • Real estate
  • Workplace safety (OSHA)
  • Labor relations
  • Procurement
  • Environmental requirements
  • Insurances
    …and much more

A majority of our firm’s construction client relationships come as a result of referrals from other professionals, such as insurance and bonding companies. We’re proud to claim a considerable list of satisfied, long-term clients.

Though based and active in Virginia, Gentry Locke’s assistance is routinely sought for clients with major projects in other states. In such instances we provide crucial counsel, as was the case with a steel fabricator client with major contracts including the new World Trade Center reconstruction project. Gentry Locke represents one of the oldest pipeline and utility contractors in the Commonwealth of Virginia in all aspects of its business, including procurement issues, contract negotiations, disputes, employment issues, and OSHA compliance. Our practical, logical approach to this work helps clients toward their ultimate goal: projects that continue smoothly to a successful conclusion.

Construction Litigation

The issues are complex. The timing is always critical.

The construction litigation practice group at Gentry Locke calls Roanoke home, but our credibility extends far beyond the borders of Virginia. Gentry Locke routinely handles disputes typical of the construction industry:

We understand that construction delays associated with legal disputes can be very costly.

So, Gentry Locke always counsels clients to at least consider alternative dispute resolution options, because methods such as arbitration or mediation can often bring feuding parties together with the greatest speed and at the lowest resulting cost. Ultimately, our aim is to help clients achieve a minimum of controversy and a maximum of project success.

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