Practice Areas

Fead Construction Law represents owners, contractors and designers on construction projects in the range of legal issues that affect their livelihoods. Our practice is generally divided into the core areas of construction contracts, construction claims and construction dispute resolution. We also provide legal services in the specific practice areas listed to the left.

Our highly experienced construction attorneys can assist your business with these and other issues:

  • Resolving bidding disputes and protest
  • Resolving land use, zoning, subdivision and permitting issues with local governments, state agencies and landowners
  • Negotiating and drafting contracts
  • Presenting and defending construction claims for additional payment or damages and delays
  • Prosecuting and defending claims for construction defects and design errors
  • Defending against Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) citations
  • Handling other incidental legal issues which arise in the context of construction projects

Efficiency and Cost are Key ...

At Fead Construction Law we resolve our clients’ construction issues faster than most law firms. Often, we do not need to research problems prior to giving advice or drafting contracts and agreements. We already understand them. Our knowledge and experience enable us to give immediate counsel to our clients. Our deep understanding of the industry allows us to litigate effectively, negotiate from a position of strength, and zealously represent our clients in mediations, arbitration and lawsuits.

Our attorneys and staff work closely with field and management personnel and technical consultants in architecture, engineering, scheduling and accounting. Because of our grounding in both law and construction, we can adjust the scale and scope of our efforts to meet the needs and budget of our clients.

At FCL, we have developed good working relationships of trust and respect with many public officials in various State agencies which can facilitate open and direct communication to solve problems on State and school projects.

Vermont Construction Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation Lawyers

Disputes often arise during and after construction and we are skilled in all the tools used to resolve them. We understand that most clients seek prompt, cost-effective and practical results, and we pride ourselves on our use of negotiation and mediation to work out most problems. When issues cannot be settled by agreement, however, we have a substantial track record in vindicating our clients in arbitration and litigation.

Fead Construction Law's founder, Attorney Fead, provides mediation and arbitration services for business and commercial disputes and particularly real estate and construction disputes. Attorney Fead has received mediation training from JAMS-Endispute, the American Arbitration Association and the Federal District Court for Vermont. He has completed the American Arbitration Association's arbitration training and serves on the Federal District Court's panel of Early Neutral Evaluators. Since its inception in 2010, Best Lawyers in America, the U.S. News & World Report directory of top attorneys, has recognized Attorney Fead as a Best Lawyer in the categories of arbitration, mediation, and litigation - construction.


Fead Construction Law, PLC, in South Burlington, Vermont, and Vermont, represents clients in Vermont, South Burlington, Colchester, Essex, Newport, Guildhall, Hyde Park, Middlebury, Chelsea, Woodstock, Manchester, Newfane, Brattleboro, Montpelier, Bennington, Barre, White River Junction, Rutland, St. Albans and St. Johnsbury. The firm serves all communities in Chittenden County, Washington County, Orleans County, Caledonia County, Orange County, Rutland County, Windsor County, Bennington County, Addison County, Essex County, Franklin County, Grand Isle County, Lamoille County and Windham County. Also, the Towns of Stowe, Charlotte, Waitsfield, and Warren.

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