Through the construction boom in Puerto Rico during the last quarter of the twentieth century and up to the present, JGL has remained a leader in the representation of property owners, developers, bidders, general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, and material and equipment suppliers. Our experience encompasses the full life cycle of a construction project from project development and permit processes to the contract administration and dispute resolution.

The scope of matters handled by our Construction Law attorneys include:

  • Contract Drafting
  • Construction Defect
  • Property Damage
  • Breach of Contract
  • Commercial/Residential Lease
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Warranty

During the project development and contract administration phases our services include, among others, all aspects of drafting and negotiating design, building, design-build and construction management contracts; proceedings involving bid, request for proposals, and award proceedings and disputes; claim and change order issues; breach of contract; payment and performance bond issues. In alignment with JGL's holistic approach, our attorneys are prepared to advise clients on strategies to avoid conflicts, ensure regulatory compliance, and work alongside the project team on the management of claims and the early resolution of disputes.

When early resolution of disputes is not possible, our attorneys stand ready to vigorously represent our clients through litigation, mediation, arbitration or other alternate dispute resolution methods. Our experience includes complex and multi-million dollar disputes involving highly technical and complex design or construction issues under federal, state, and local law, as well as pursuant to the American Arbitration Association’s Construction Industry Rules & Mediation Procedures for Large, Complex Construction Disputes. We are also familiar with AIA Contract Documents and the Uniform General Conditions for Public Works Contracts in Puerto Rico.

We have been involved in matters of private and government infrastructure projects, including two of the major construction projects in Puerto Rico in the last several years, a 287,400-square-foot, ten-story hospital and a 900-foot-long, 114-foot-wide concrete pier. This is only the most recent of JGL ample experience dealing with complex and sophisticated construction projects such as: train guideways and stations; roads, bridges, office buildings, parking buildings, government facilities, commercial and residential developments, hospitals, water treatment plants, sewer systems, educational facilities, earth movement and retention projects, and pier and dock facilities.

Leading Cases

Quiñones López v. Coco Lagoon Development Corp.
562 F.Supp. 188 (D.P.R. 1983)
U.S.A.C.E. permit to deposit fill on certain wetlands in compliance with National Environmental Policy Act and U.S.A.C.E.'s own regulations.
Paul N. Howard Co. v. Puerto Rico Aqueduct Sewer Authority
744 F.2d 880 (1st Cir. 1984)
Requisite elements of differing site conditions established so that the contractor was entitled to compensation for design changes.
Redondo Construction vs. ELA de Puerto Rico et al.
Civil No. KAC 86-6729
Claim in breach of contract action against the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority arising from a contract for the construction of a segment of an expressway.
L.P.C. & D., Inc. v. Dywidag-Systems International, et al v. Aluma Systems International, et al.
Civil No. KAC 2009-1032
Breach of contract action against third-party defendant subcontractor related to machinery manufactured for construction Project.
Hospital of the Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of Puerto Rico Project
Assisted Project Owner in contract negotiation, project administration and successful resolution of contractor claims.

Other Practice Areas & Services