Crowe & Dunlevy names Construction Law Practice Group co-chairs

Crowe & Dunlevy, one of Oklahoma’s largest law firms, named directors Malcolm Rosser and Anton Rupert co-chairs of its Construction Law Practice Group.

“Although the construction industry was strongly affected by the credit crisis and recession that began in December 2007, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects future growth in the industry as a result of continued population growth, deteriorating infrastructure and aging buildings,” Rosser said.

The BLS estimates jobs in the construction industry will grow 19 percent through year 2018, compared with 11 percent for all industries combined. Growth is projected in residential and nonresidential construction. Nonresidential construction will be related to the need for new medical treatment facilities, schools, highways/bridges/streets and industrial facilities.

“With our extensive experience in construction law, we provide comprehensive legal services to contractors, subcontractors, owners, developers, architects, engineers and sureties,” Rupert said. “Growth of the construction industry will result in a need for additional counsel in both business and litigation matters, and we have the expertise to meet the demand for legal services in all phases of real estate development and construction, from property acquisition through project completion.”

The firm’s Construction Law Practice Group handles issues related to property acquisition and financing, construction contract negotiation, drafting and administration, bid processes and disputes, building permits, zoning and land use. In addition, the firm represents clients before state and federal regulatory agencies and courts and in mediation and arbitration proceedings.

As energy costs rise, companies and individuals are looking to build new, more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly structures, resulting in significant growth of the “green construction” industry, according to the BLS. As part of its construction practice, Crowe & Dunlevy focuses on this rapidly growing aspect of the industry, with experience in environmental permitting, compliance and remediation, including Brownfields development and voluntary cleanup programs for environmentally challenged properties.

Rosser joined Crowe & Dunlevy as a director in 1992. His practice includes commercial real estate acquisitions, finance and lending, zoning and land use, leasing and loan workouts. He has expertise in affordable housing, especially low-income housing tax credits. Rosser received his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma.

As a director of the firm since 1988, Rupert’s principal areas of practice include construction project disputes, commercial disputes and product liability and toxic tort litigation. Rupert, who is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has successfully tried a number of large construction project disputes in state and federal courts. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School.

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