Stein Ray LLP Attorneys At Law
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Many of the world's largest construction firms, EPC firms, design/builders, project owners, design firms, and lenders trust Stein Ray LLP to handle complex construction litigation with billions of dollars at stake.

In 1996, after a nationwide search including a "beauty contest" among twelve highly qualified firms, Stein Ray was selected by a Denver based top 10 EPC firm to defend it in a $60 million dollar dispute involving geotechnical engineering and construction management issues.

In 1997, a California based top 10 EPC firm turned to Stein Ray to defend it against a multi-million dollar delay and lost profits claim inIdaho.

During 1999, Stein Ray was selected to defend a top 20 EPC firm from a $20 million dollar claim in a suit venued in South Dakota; a large-scale litigation in Indiana relating to a famous stadium; and the defense of a $30 million dollar claim in New Mexico by a top 5 EPC firm.

In 2001, Stein Ray began services for a top 20 contractor in resolution of a $50 million dollar dispute at an airport in Detroit and for a  top 5 EPC firm of a $40 million claim arising from a power plant project in Indiana.

In Detroit again, in 2002, Stein Ray was selected for a $76 million dispute involving a water treatment plant.

In 2003, Stein Ray was selected by ownership to represent a power plant in Guatemala involving a $80 million dollar dispute.

A top 30 contractor asked Stein Ray to defend it from a $150 million dollar claim involving high rise construction in 2004.

In 2005, Stein Ray was selected to arbitrate a dispute before an ICC tribunal arising out of a Chinese petrochemical project and to defend a claim involving wind towers built in Utah venued in Federal Court in New York.

2006 cases included a top 10 EPC firm's defense from a $78 million dollar claim arising from the St. Louis MetroLink Extension Project, the defense of several large condominium claims in California, and a claim by ownership against a contractor involving a Florida hotel tower. It also advised on several rail collision matters in this period.

In 2007, Stein Ray was selected by ownership to handle a delay claim involving a high rise condominium with $60 million at stake; to defend an owner from contractor claims involving a hotel in Armenia, and to prosecute several claims involving petrochemical facilities.

In 2008, Stein Ray defended from a $30 million delay claim arising from power plant boiler reconstruction; was called upon to advise on a waste pelletizer project in Ontario; completed an assignment involving a D-B-O contract for a Houston water treatment plant and was involved in the prosecution of multi-million dollar construction defect claims in Charleston, San Francisco and other cities.

In 2009, Stein Ray prosecuted a general contractor's claims for additional compensation related to the delay in the construction of hotels in Vermont and Arizona with $40 million at stake, assisted a design-build contractor in defending and prosecuting multi-million dollar claims arising from the construction of a PVC plant in Louisiana, and assisted a major lender in defeating mechanic's lien claims for a Chicago hotel project.

In 2010, assignments from owners of multi-billion dollar power plants, and an oil pipeline transport company involved hundreds of millions of dollars in potential claims. A major refiner and a company with international mining interests also requested Stein Ray's assistance with major claims amounting to nearly one half billion dollars.

In 2011, Stein Ray commenced the defense of a multi-million dollar claim against a design builder involving a brine plant in Arkansas. Also, Stein Ray was selected for a $75 million claim brought by a major lender in connection with a resort project in Colorado.

In 2012, Stein Ray began representation of an international mining consortium in connection with nearly one-half billion dollars in claims arising from a project in Madagascar.

In 2013, Stein Ray was retained for defense of a $40 million claim involving a Utah mineral processing facility. Stein Ray was also retained by one of the world's leading EPC contractors to investigate alleged false claims arising from a project in Afghanistan.

In 2014, Stein Ray became involved in the defense of an EPC firm against claims in excess of $1 billion in connection with a refinery project.  In that year, Stein Ray also tried three ICC arbitrations in connection with related projects with combined claims in excess of $500 million. It also began work on a chemical processing plant dispute with hundreds of millions dollars at stake. 

In 2015, Stein Ray took on the defense of a global EPCM Contractor against a pair of claims arising from a first-of-its-kind nickel and cobalt mine and mineral processing facility in Eastern Canada with stakes of approximately $1 billion (US). Stein Ray was also engaged with respect to a major liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility dispute in Western Canada.  

In 2016, assignments ranged from defense of a $100 million claim involving a chemical processing facility in Tennessee, a claim for $80 million in connection with a power generating facility in Illinois and a claim and defense from disrupted progress of a Mexican pipeline.

Table of recent domestic matters:

     
EPC Contractor Defense of claims arising from refinery expansion In excess of $1,000,000,000
EPCM ContractorDefense of claims arising from nickel and cobalt mine and mineral refinery projectApproximately $1,000,000,000
Power Plant Owner

Analysis and advice on overrun of target price contract for 1600 MW power plant. Assist in negotiation of disputes arising from delay and defective work

$250,000,000
Top 30 Contractor Defense of lost profits claim arising from failed development of high rise project $150,000,000
Major Stadium Design Team Defense of design claim involving NFL stadium $80,000,000
Joint Venture Prosecution of delay and scope claims involving water treatment plant $75,000,000
Top 5 EPC Firm Defense of claim for delay and lost profit damages by owner of a semiconductor chip manufacturing facility $70,000,000
Top 10 Engineering Firm Defense of error and omission claim with respect to deep tunnel project $60,000,000
National Developer Defense and prosecution of delay claims for condo project $60,000,000
Top 20 Contractor Prosecution of a claim against surety for completion costs for airport terminal $50,000,000
Top 5 EPC Contractor  Defense of claim arising from LNG facility in British Columbia $50,000,000
Top 5 EPC Contractor 
Defense of claims related to a mineral processing facility $40,000,000
Top 5 EPC Firm Defense of claim for consequential damages, including lost profits, for failure to design and construct synthetic caffeine plant to meet output requirements $40,000,000
Top 5 EPC Firm Defense of claim related to start up and commissioning at power plant $40,000,000
International Water Infrastructure Provider Defense from claim of design and manufacturing defects arising from the construction of brine processing plant $30,000,000
International Bank Defense from claims of general contractor against owner of resort property $30,000,000
Top 20 Engineering firm Defense of breach of contract action alleging rights in government remediation contracts $20,000,000
Top 100 Engineering Firm Personal injury claims arising from collapse of structural steel at new Chicago Post Office $20,000,000
Top 5 EPC Firm Prosecution of claim for recovery of liquidated damages insurance coverage arising from delayed completion of distillery $20,000,000
Top 50 A/E Firm Defense of claims involving a famous college football stadium $20,000,000

Verdicts and Awards

 

Stein Ray has tried nearly one hundred cases in the state and federal courts. Some of the more notable verdicts and awards include:

  • As counsel for the US subsidiary of a Canadian pipeline company, Stein Ray prosecuted claims in arbitration for engineering defects occurring along a 2,000 mile oil pipeline. The claims included delay, soil subsidence, and pipe support design.
  • Stein Ray defended an owner of a $50MM resort from contractor claims and prosecuted the owner’s defective work claims in a bench trial spanning 20 weeks.
  • Stein Ray defended an owner against a Type II subsurface soil condition claim and prosecuted a claim for diesel engine design defects at a Guatemalan power plant resulting in an award worth $80MM to Stein Ray's client.
  • Stein Ray successfully defended a major water treatment company from a claim of $6.0MM which arose from the construction of an Arizona power plant and recovered the full contract balance of $2.0MM.
  • Stein Ray recovered $6.2MM (Canadian Dollar) against Underwriter's for coverage for liquidated damages assessed against a top 5 EPC firm in connection with the late mechanical completion of one of Canada's largest alcohol distilleries.
  • Stein Ray obtained an arbitration award on behalf of an EPC contractor against an erection subcontractor for a waste water treatment system.
  • Stein Ray prosecuted and defended delay claims in an arbitration which included 90 days of evidence.
  • Stein Ray defended an environmental engineering firm from a $15MM claim for breach of contract in connection with Army Corp of Engineers directed remediation work.
  • Stein Ray obtained a "not guilty" verdict in a $20MM claim arising from wrongful death and personal injuries incurred in the collapse of structural steel for the New Chicago Post Office.
  • Stein Ray won a $1,400,000 jury verdict against Northwest Airlines for a computer integration firm in a breach of contract action over preliminary design services. The jury returned its verdict after a three-week trial. In addition, the jury found in favor of Stein Ray's client on the defendant's counterclaim for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Stein Ray won a $1.8 million dollar jury verdict for a mechanical subcontractor for delays, work acceleration and lost profits arising from the construction of a civic arena.