A Strong Contract Lays the Foundation for a Successful Project

Our firm is skilled at understanding and explaining how your contract will affect the success of your project. Embarking on any construction project carries with it the potential for things to go wrong, including:

  • Unforeseen site conditions that require changes to the plans
  • Defective plans
  • Defective Construction
  • Unanticipated delays in construction
  • Owners not paying timely
  • Owner hold backs and retainage issues
  • Undocumented Change Order requests
  • Issues with the architects
  • Work site injuries

A properly drafted construction contract provides the parties with the protections and remedies that are needed to address these issues both mid-construction and post construction when final payment is due. The parties to a construction project -owners, contractors, subcontractors, developers and other professionals each have different needs and goals. With over four decades of experience, we understand what it takes to negotiate and draft construction contracts so that the risk to the client is minimized.

At the Law Offices of Dana F. Strout, P.A., we have more than 41 years of experience negotiating, drafting, reviewing and interpreting contracts to mitigate our clients' financial risk. Attorney Dana Strout will work closely with you to craft a cost-effective and efficient solutions for your construction law matter.


The Law Offices of Dana F. Strout, P.A. have over 41 years of dealing with contract disputes, whether they be between the Owner and General Contractor, the General Contractor and Subcontractors or between the Owner and his design professional team of engineers and architects.

Whether the dispute involves a late start by the contractor, disagreements over change orders and allowances, failure to make payments according to the contract, the disallowance of work by the architect or invoicing by the contractor after the job is ostensibly complete, our law firm has substantial experience in the methods and modes of resolving these disputes.

In the resolution of these disputes, first and foremost in our mind is the cost to the client vis a vis the amount in dispute, whether we are representing the owner, the contractor or a sub-contractor. Time is money in these disputes and the more rapidly we can get the matter to a mediation, the more likely the matter will be resolved early on in the dispute process.

If the matter is not resolved in a mediation, then our firm has the experience to handle the matter through a trial, whether it be to a judge, a jury or an arbitrator. In the past four decades of handling dispute resolution, we have tried and won cases in all three forums and in the process earning a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating.