Construction Law


The CIPN Iwamura Pulice & Nervell Construction Law Team provides a combined 90+ years of construction law experience. Our construction attorneys have worked with contractors, subcontractors, owners, architects, suppliers and sureties. We work with clients regarding commercial, residential, and federal/state/county government construction matters in every facet of construction law from licensing to project closeout and payment.

Experienced Construction Attorneys

The Construction law team is led by two of the firm’s partners: Scott Batterman and Gerald Clay (Jerry). They have assisted parties in all matters regarding construction, including:

* Filing Mechanic’s Liens and litigating Bond Claims (including Miller Act claims)
* Prosecuting and Defending Bid Protests
* Assisting out of state contractors in Hawaii licensing procedures
* Drafting and negotiating construction contracts, subcontracts and bond forms
* Working with owners, contractors and subcontractors regarding breach of contract issues, including construction defects, non-payment, change orders and delay and impact claim

Mr. Batterman has had an active litigation practice in New York and Hawaii for over 40 years. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America for his work in construction law. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Hawaii School of Engineering, where he teaches Construction law, and is a member of the General Contractors Association, where he has taught courses on Construction Documents to field supervisors and project managers. He has authored a series of articles for Building Industry Hawaii magazine, entitled Construction and the Law. He has also lectured to the bar and is a frequent author, speaker and class instructor to the construction industry on insurance coverage issues; alternative dispute resolution; mold litigation; and the use of mechanics’ liens.

Mr. Clay is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in Hawaii and Super Lawyers for his work in construction law. He has written and lectured extensively regarding matters of construction law. Since 1989 he annually presents a seminar for attorneys and construction professionals regarding updates in Hawaii Construction Law. He is co-author of the annual publication Hawaii Construction Law and Mechanics Liens. Mr. Clay, a member of the General Contractors Association, has provided legal consultation for the Hawaii construction industry including assistance in drafting legislation and providing construction legislation testimony.


Practice Chairs
Scott Batterman Hawaii Attorney Honolulu Law Firm
Scott I. Batterman
Gerald Clay Honolulu Attorney Hawaii Law Firm
Gerald S. Clay
Senior Counsel
Carlos Perez-Mesa Jr Hawaii Attorney Honolulu Law Firm
Carlos Perez-Mesa, Jr.