There are many moving parts and relationships at play in commercial and large residential projects. These projects are likely to have design professionals; developers and owners; contractors and suppliers. We understand these relationships and how the oversight of any person in the chain can lead everyone into litigation.

Residential construction can be especially high risk as there are a myriad of protections in place for homeowners. However, all residential defects are governed by the Residential Construction Liability Act which affords builders some protection. Listen to one of our attorneys discuss defect litigation below.

Our firm is experienced in litigating and resolving defect disputes. Our focus is always a cost effective and positive result for the client. We are comfortable working with experts to figure out the exact cause of patent and latent defects and developing a trial or arbitration strategy to bring about a desired result.

Typically, the complex contractual relationships of multiple parties make it necessary that there be an analysis of insurance coverage, additional insured requirements and endorsements as well as construction contract language. We are familiar with these contracts, CGL policies and insurance companies’ actions when litigation becomes necessary.

We are prepared to assist you with any of the following:

  • Design Defects
  • Water leakage or damage
  • Defective roofing, flashing or window installation
  • Electrical and mechanical defects
  • Product and material defects and failures
  • Manufacturing defects in buildings components
  • Physical damage to buildings
  • Structural damage or errors
  • Lateral or sub- adjacent support claims’
  • Deceptive Trade Practices Act Claims
  • Breach of Warranties
  • Residential Construction Liability Act Claims
  •  Very responsive, creative and hard-working

    “Kenneth Stephens and his colleagues at Stephens PLLC have been a welcome addition to The Beck Group’s outside counsel group. The firm is very responsive, creative and hard-working and has developed an understanding of our contracts and business model. Additionally, the firm renders services at a very reasonable fee and is willing to consider flexible fee arrangements. I look forward to expanding The Beck Group’s legal counsel relationship with this firm in 2018.”

    - Tonya Johannsen General Counsel
    The Beck Group
  • Brought this case for me to profitable conclusion

    “Frustrated with two prior attorneys who oversaw my interest in my enduring a six year legal morass involving a former business partner (who is also a Houston practicing attorney) who wielded every court maneuver possible and every banking move imaginable (to include writing bad checks to me)...I contracted Ken Stephens to bring my case to a conclusion. Ken proved to be extremely thorough in his review of this protracted matter … and developed and executed a strategy that in 15 months brought this case for me to profitable conclusion. Noteworthy is that during his entire engagement involving my case, Attorney Stephens was highly communicative with me and kept the pressure on the Defendant and the Courts to bring this case to a rightful conclusion. I highly recommend Attorney Ken Stephens.”

    - RSJ
    ZI LLC
  • Beside being great attorneys, they are good people.

    “This was my first experience having to retain an attorney and I was referred to Kenneth Stephens. When I called he did not put me off; he immediately took interest in my situation and began setting me up with what I needed for my situation. Mr. Stephens appointed his associate Mrs. Alexander to my case and she provided exceptional service. Beside being great attorneys, they are good people.”

    Plumbing Company in Houston, TX
  • I highly recommend this firm to anybody with a construction issue.

    “Ken has been my company's go to counsel for all litigation matters related to my general contracting firm. Whenever there is a dispute regarding payment, alleged defects, or timelines, we are able to call Ken and he is typically able to reach a resolution. Years ago, we were sued on a million dollar project. They hired a large, well known law firm and I stuck with Stephens Bell, PLLC. After a year of litigation, we left the dispute without paying the Plaintiffs anything and I am sure I spent far less than the Plaintiffs in legal fees! I highly recommend this firm to anybody with a construction issue.”

    - Doug Davis
    Doug Davis Construction, Inc.
  • These guys are sharp

    “These guys are sharp. Our first interaction with this firm was in 2015 concerning a situation with an employee that had spiraled out of control and given us quite a bit of bad press. After they were able to get this matter resolved by having the case dismissed, they became our go to counsel. I would highly recommend them for any business related dispute.”

    - M.I.
    Developer in Houston, TX
  • Very attentive and informative

    "I contacted Kenneth regarding a commercial leasing dispute. There were a number of issues with the space that made it near impossible to operate my business. Kenneth was very attentive and informative while working to get me out of my lease due to a lack of commercial suitability. I was eventually allowed to move on to a more appropriate space.”

    - F.L
    Insurance Agency in Houston, TX
  • Put me at ease with the depth of litigation knowledge he displayed during the litigation

    "I was referred to this firm by a friend of mine. I admittedly had my reservations as the attorneys all seemed pretty young. However, Kenneth put me at ease with the depth of litigation knowledge he displayed during the litigation. Our insurance company was refusing to cover a loss on one of our assets and after about a year, Kenneth and his associate Chaylyn were able to get us a fair settlement for the loss.”

    - F.P.
    Freight Company in Houston, TX
  • They were able to resolve my issue with clarity and conciseness.

    “At first I was apprehensive about getting an attorney involved in our situation. I was one of those presidents that thought I could resolve these kinds of disputes on my own. Stephens PLLC was the best answer. They were able to resolve my issue with clarity and conciseness. I recommend their team for anyone in construction or real estate.”

    - Richard Mindiola
    Trade Wind Homes, LLC
  • I am glad and thankful I hired them to handle my case.

    “Kenneth and the attorneys at Stephens PLLC were more than helpful with my case. Every time I had a question and in my moments of stress and confusion, they would always respond to me in a very timely manner, explain options, and ultimately, they were able to resolve my case and get me paid what I was owed. I am glad and thankful I hired them to handle my case.”

    - Salomon De Lima
    Hallco Construction LLC


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