Force Majeure

When construction deadlines are missed in time-sensitive contracts, the disputes that arise are often based on whether circumstances outside the parties’ control caused part or all of the delay. As a result, nearly every construction contract contains language, known as a “force majeure clause,” which identifies the events that would essentially free the parties from liability for failing to perform.

Given the Gulf Coast’s propensity for hurricanes, floods, and more recently tornadoes, our attorneys have extensive experience navigating clients through negotiating the terms of force majeure clauses and complying with contract requirements to recover additional costs and time extensions. In addition, the construction team of Shields | Mott has a decades-long history of representing and defending owners, contractors, and sureties in disputes involving force majeure claims.