Ranked by Chambers USA, the Legal 500 US and Best Lawyers in America as the #1 construction law firm in the United States in 2009 and 2011

Watt Tieder is one of the largest construction law firms in the United States, with more than 50 attorneys representing many of the world’s leading corporations, developers and contractors on both domestic and international projects. We represent 60 percent of the Top 30 Engineering News Record contractors and seven of the nation’s top 10 sureties. For more than three decades, Watt Tieder has been building solutions—and delivering results.

What We Do

Expert legal assistance from the ground up. We provide strategic counsel at every step:

  • Site acquisition
  • Project planning and financing
  • Contract drafting
  • Contract administration
  • Claims resolution
  • Alternative dispute resolution and litigation

Domestic Construction

The best clients. Our clients come from all sides of the construction industry—from suppliers and subcontractors, to designers, owners and developers and sureties—and represent the best in the business.

The full spectrum of projects. We have been involved in every type of major construction project, including tunnels, bridges, sports venues, highways, airports, rail and subway systems, military bases, industrial and chemical facilities, waste-water facilities, power plants and commercial and public buildings.

Analysis and evaluation. As counsel to some of the country’s major bonding companies, we also conduct project failure analyses, evaluate project completion status at the time of default and defend against claims for the cost of finishing interrupted projects.

International Construction

Both U.S. and foreign clients. From foreign governments to major private owners such as natural oil and electric companies, we have represented both domestic and foreign clients throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Every phase of construction. International projects bring a unique set of requirements including the suite of FIDIC Conditions of Contract for Construction, with which we have many years of experience with projects. We assist clients at every step: qualification to do business in foreign countries, arrangement of financing, creation of consortia, bidding and the negotiation of the prime contract, contract administration, dispute resolution before dispute adjudication boards and if necessary, arbitration under the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.

International affiliate. Our affiliation with the European law firm of HFK Rechtsanwälte based in Munich, Germany, with additional offices in Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover and Vienna, means that we have resources close to project sites all over the world.

They do top-notch work. They're the go-to firm for construction issues - the first ones that come to mind for problem cases, large cases or complex cases. They're good from top to bottom.
Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers

They're very good - they handle complex matters expertly and they always consult with us and make sure we agree on strategy.
Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers