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Real Estate & Construction Law

Ford, Parshall & Baker attorneys have extensive experience in representing clients involved in real estate and construction matters.  We represent owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, construction managers, designers, material suppliers, real estate agents, architects, engineers, inspectors, appraisers, cities, counties and other municipalities, and insurers.

We represent clients in all transactions and proceedings associated with the transfer of real property, land, buildings and businesses. Our attorneys help reduce potential liability by counseling our real estate and construction clients prior to and throughout the project process.  Our services include:

  • Negotiating and drafting purchase and sale agreements
  • Preparing deeds of trust, development agreements, construction bids and contracts, mortgage notes, leases and title documents
  • Drafting and reviewing contracts, including general contractor and subcontractor agreements
  • Working with parties to resolve disputes that could slow or stall a project
  • Assisting with zoning matters, including obtaining zoning variances and appearing at hearings in front of local commissions.

Litigation Involving Real Estate and Construction Businesses

Real estate and construction law is a unique area. Businesses and professionals who work in the fields of residential and commercial real estate sales and construction may be able to assert legal defenses and immunities not available in other professions.

Ford, Parshall & Baker has successfully represented clients in various types of complex real estate and construction cases:

  • Mechanics’ lien actions
  • Professional liability claims
  • Construction and design cases
  • Contract disputes and breach of contract claims
  • Employee disputes, including prevailing wage claims
  • Commercial and residential breach of lease claims
  • Personal injury, wrongful death and premises liability claims, including fire and electrical liability
Our Office
  • Columbia Office
    3210 Bluff Creek Drive
    Columbia, Missouri 65201-3525
    Phone: 573-449-2613
    Fax: 573-875-8154
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    • "Ford Parshall & Baker congratulates the attorneys listed in the 2014 publication of Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers: Hamp Ford was named as a Super Lawyer in the area of Personal Injury Medical Malpractice Defense, Jeff Parshall was named as a Super Lawyer in the area of Civil Litigation Defense, and Emily Little and Josh Devine were named as Rising Stars in the area of Civil Litigation Defense."

    • "On behalf of the Missouri Insurance Coalition and the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, Jill Jackson authored an Amicus brief in a pending Missouri Supreme Court case, Dutton v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company. July 2014. Ford Parshall & Baker welcomed Clayton Thompson as an associate attorney. June 2014."

    • "Hamp Ford and Jill Jackson won a declaratory judgment holding that an insurance policy was not ambiguous regarding the identity of the named insured, and the Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment in Columbia Mutual Insurance Company v. Grain Bin Supply Company et al., (Per Curium Order, May 13, 2014)."

    • "Jill Jackson moderated a continuing legal education seminar with a panel of judges from several of Missouri's judicial circuits. April 2014. Jeff Parshall and Michael Robertson won an appeal for their client in Executive Board of Missouri Baptist Convention v. Windermere Baptist Conference Center, Inc. et al., 430 S.W.3d 274 (Mo.App. S.D. 2014). "

    • "The Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment in favor of Ford, Parshall & Baker's client enforcing a mechanic’s lien on a condominium construction project at the Lake of the Ozarks. Grau Contracting, Inc. v. Captiva Lake Investments, LLC, 429 S.W.3d 472 (Mo.App. S.D. 2014)."