“I wholeheartedly recommend the law firm of Coats Rose. As the Chief Legal Officer of the University Health System, I have had extensive experience working with Richard Reed, Adam Richie and other attorneys in both their San Antonio and other offices. Perhaps the greatest demonstration of the success of Coats Rose's work on the CIP relates to a construction failure. A portion of a 10 story garage under construction at the Medical Center site collapsed. Thankfully there were no fatalities or serious injuries; however, that portion of the work was a multi-million dollar loss. Coats Rose was immediately available to assist us as we employed a forensic engineer and undertook an extensive investigation into the collapse. Due to the structure of the insurance program, and the strength of the protections built into our contracts, no litigation ensued over the collapse." -Michael Hernandez, Chief Legal Officer
University Health System - San Antonio
"I have worked with the Coats Rose law firm for several years. Under the guidance of Rick Reed of the San Antonio office, the firm most recently has assisted CPS Energy in connection with the Data/Control Center project. As Assistant General Counsel for one of the largest public utility owners in San Antonio, I am delighted to recommend Rick Reed, Director of the Coats Rose San Antonio office and the law firm of Coats Rose." - Katherine Yates, Senior Counsel,
"The attorneys at Coats Rose possess a unique understanding of complex construction law combined with rare deep understanding of how commercial construction goes together in the real world. Those skills taken in combination have deftly served Dyad to avoid many common pitfalls of our competitors." - Rick Trask Owner Dyad Construction, L.P
"Coats Rose attorneys have always handled our account as if we were their only client; and their wisdom, candor and availability makes the Coats Rose team our first choice when legal matters arise." - Gregory Smith, PE Executive Vice President, Partner Jamail & Smith Construction
"Coats Rose and I have worked together on many matters, and they have always been very thorough, efficient and readily available to provide legal services… I appreciate the expertise Coats Rose provides in construction and business related matters, and their ability to provide and convey that knowledge quickly and efficiently." - Donald R. Boehm
"Thank you (Timothy Green, Director, Public Finance Law) for all your hard work to help us bring together two municipalities that were long overdue in becoming one. We are blessed as a commUNITY to embark on a "new journey" as one political subdivision serving its citizens and business owners."
-Carrie F. Gordon, Ph.D.
Mayor of Balch Springs, TX
In the construction business, thorough planning is a key component of success. But even the best plans can be delayed by unforeseen obstacles, thereby putting your schedule, profit and reputation on the line. Sometimes the only way forward is through legal action.
The attorneys of Coats Rose understand the realities of construction and surety law. It’s been a cornerstone of our practice for more than 25 years, and our attorneys are the best in the business – because they know the business of construction.
Construction law is such an important part of the firm, Coats Rose has over twenty attorneys with experience representing a variety of public and private sector clients. Our construction/surety law attorneys are experienced in matters ranging from arbitration of international disputes, single family developments, large vertical commercial construction and renovation to road and bridge building, industrial facilities, public works and professional sports venues.
Coats Rose construction attorneys frequently represent the surety industry, providing underwriting and claim advice for a wide range of surety products. In fact, our Firm’s attorneys represented the surety industry in several cases of first impression in Texas. They played a major part in the elimination of so called “bad faith” causes of action against sureties from each perspective: the claimant, the principal, and the indemnitor.
From its inception, Coats Rose has acted as counsel for the Houston Chapter of Associated General Contractors, the nation’s largest and oldest construction trade association. Our firm’s lawyers are members and leaders of almost every major construction and surety industry organization:
Co-founders and executives of Construction Section of The State Bar of Texas and Construction Section of the Houston Bar Association
ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
Surety Claims Institute
National Bond Claims Association
Associated General Contractors of America
Association Of Builders and Contractors
Greater Houston Builders Association,
Texas Association Of Builders,
Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the ABA (past program chairs for two Mid Winter Meeting Programs)
Southern Surety Association
Defense Research Institute
Texas and Houston Bar Construction Law Sections
San Antonio Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
San Antonio Chapter of Associated General Contractors (AGC)
San Antonio Chapter of Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA)
Greater San Antonio Builders Association
Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
Coats Rose construction law attorneys have been instrumental in developing the Texas Residential Construction Liability Act and the Texas Residential Construction Commission Act, participating actively within both to administer claims in residential construction.
When legal action stands between you and a successful project completion, our attorneys will find a successful resolution and get your business moving again. We’ve done the same for clients in all Texas courts and 25 other states.
Areas of Practice:
Litigation in construction defect, general liability, tort and mass tort defense
Preparation, arbitration and litigation of contract claims and bid protests
Defense of construction defect claims
Development of construction contracts, purchase and sale agreements, master subcontract agreements, warranty documents and disclosure forms.
Enforcement of mechanics’ and materialmen’s lien rights, in addition to the defense of owners and general contractors.
Representation of construction payment and performance bond sureties
Preparation of specialized underwriting documents (collateral receipts, indemnity agreement riders, bond riders, specialized LOC forms, etc.).
Representation of fidelity carriers and sureties related to contract, court and miscellaneous bonds, and fidelity policies.
Administration of construction claims other than contract bonds, such as probate and court bonds.
Evaluation, negotiation and documentation of construction financing.