Mechanic's Liens

Mechanic's Liens

Overview

Disputes that arise on construction projects are often coupled with mechanic’s liens. Schiff Hardin’s Construction Law Group has defended against or prosecuted mechanic’s lien claims in all types of construction projects, representing owners, architects, engineers, contractors and subcontractors.

Lien claims can be effective tools for contractors and design professionals when issues of payment arise on a construction project, but they lead to increased legal and projects cost for the owner. We take the view that a quick and efficient resolution of the claim is paramount for all parties involved, regardless of which side we represent.

We have litigated mechanic’s lien cases in jurisdictions across the country and understand the nuances that exist from state to state. We assist our clients in preparing, filing and serving mechanic’s liens, and we work directly with the business units involved to achieve a quick resolution of the claim. If the parties cannot come to an agreement, we move to litigate.

For our owner clients, or in the instance where a subcontractor has made claims against the prime contractors, our attorneys vigorously defend against mechanic’s lien claims. Whether engaging in active analysis of change-order or delay claims, or assessing whether the scope of work at issue entitles the claimant to additional time, our attorneys have the experience necessary to bring a swift resolution to the dispute at hand.