Construction & Professional Design

Serving North Carolina Since 1907

The Van Winkle Law Firm has decades of experience helping property owners, architects, engineers, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers to manage all legal transactions involved in the construction process. This practical experience, coupled with our solutions-focused philosophy, adds real value to resolving the issues and challenges our clients confront on a daily basis. When disputes arise, we apply sound mediation, arbitration and litigation strategies to address and settle issues, either privately, between the parties, or via vigorous representation in state and federal courts.

As a testament to our strengths in the construction industry, we have successfully defended clients against claims of professional negligence, represented contractors in lawsuits against public entities, such as the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and negotiated significantly reduced settlements in multi-million dollar litigation.

Areas of Focus

  • Development and Negotiation of Construction and Design Agreements
  • Development and Negotiation of Subcontractor and Sub-Consultant Agreements
  • Entity Formation
  • Professional Licensure
  • Project Procurement, Insurance and Bonding
  • Project Planning, Zoning and Permitting
  • Risk Management

Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation of Construction Claims involving:

  • Bankruptcies
  • Construction and Design Defects
  • Contracts Breaches
  • Delay Claims
  • Insurance Claims
  • Intellectual Property
  • Licensing Board Inquiries, Investigations and Complaints
  • Lien and Bond Suits
  • Mechanical Liens and Bonds
  • Mold and Water Damages
  • Personal Injury
  • State Department of Transportation


Association of General Contractors
Construction Professional Network
Construction Section of the North Carolina Bar Association
Construction Section of the American Bar Association