Construction Defect Litigation

CHAPMAN & INTRIERI, LLP, has successfully litigated hundreds of construction defects cases for both residential and commercial properties. We represent both plaintiffs and defendants who are homeowners, developers, contractors and subcontractors. We understand construction from the ground up, enabling us to pursue the optimal resolution of our clients’ disputes.  We have handled cases involving every imaginable component of construction, including:

  • Soil problems, landslides, landscaping defects and groundwater contamination
  • Problems with foundations, siding, roofs, windows, doors and walls
  • Resolving disputes with owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers and product manufacturers
  • Assisting clients with disputes that have arisen both during and after construction is completed, preventing long-term problems with our clients' properties
  • Negotiating optimal settlements for our clients in a mediation setting
  • Fighting for our clients' best interests all the way to a trial verdict if a reasonable settlement cannot be achieved through mediation


Successful Track Record

Our construction defect attorneys, headed by California Super Lawyers John Chapman and Mark Intrieri, have a long history of achieving successful results for our clients.  Mark Intrieri has also been voted one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Northern California. Our firm has achieved an A-V rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rating system, acknowledging that our peers and judges we have worked with view us as highly skilled in our field of law.  Our Firm’s reputation is founded upon abilities we have developed through hard work and total commitment to our clients.  We pride ourselves in being one of the few firms in California that is ready, willing and able to take cases to trial when other parties are unfair in settlement negotiations.  Our willingness to take cases to trial is well-known to our opponents, which pressures our opponents to offer their best settlements to avoid the time and expense of trials.


Strategic Case Handling

Our construction defect lawyers think strategically from the onset to resolve cases, or when needed, to bring them to trial.  Our construction litigation team is experienced in all aspects of complex construction defect litigation, product liability disputes, and construction delay claims.  Our attorneys diligently pursue our clients' best interests through all phases of a case and select the best experts and mediators in order to achieve favorable settlements.  If pre-trial settlement is not an option, our attorneys work tirelessly to formulate winning strategies for trial.


Broad-based Knowledge of Construction and Development

Over the decades our Firm's attorneys have practiced construction law, we have developed expertise with all types of construction claims, including:

  • Soils and foundations that include moisture intrusion through slabs, vapor transmission, salt or sulfite attacks on concrete, improper soil engineering, landslides, soil subsidence or settlement, foundation cracking, improper foundation design and insufficient structural strength
  • Structural problems, such as lack of proper nailing, poor structural engineering design, improper seismic restraints and wall stabilization systems
  • Weatherproofing, among them EIFS systems, stucco, siding, flashing, roofs, building paper, paint, windows and doors, mold, dry rot
  • Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical systems like Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, defective piping, plumbing failures, electrical hazards and indoor air quality problems caused by improper HVAC systems
  • Balconies and Decks, including leaky waterproofing membranes, improper drainage, structural decay, unsafe railings and leaks causing interior damage
  • Building Code violations
  • Misrepresentations made by developers about the quality of construction or extent of amenities in the finished development, such as landscaping, pools or the quality of the materials used
  • Delay claims
  • Mechanics liens and stop notice claims

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Alameda CA 94501-6468