Lawyerization of the engineering and construction industry

Roger Owers, Samuel Ariaratnam, Daniel Armstrong

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Lawyerization has become more and more prevalent in the engineering and construction industry. Some would argue the merits of firms' retaining lawyers on staff as providing cost savings on projects through averting potential litigation. Others view lawyers as increasing project costs due to increased overhead. Therefore, it is important to understand the pros and cons of lawyerization as viewed by the contractor, designer, owner, manufacturer, and supplier. This paper discusses the current role of lawyers in the engineering and construction industry and examines the factors that contribute to the lawyerization of the industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-142
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 26 2007


  • Claims
  • Construction industry
  • Legal factors
  • Litigation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management


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