Calhoun, Bhella & Sechrest prevails in defense of contractor in a multi-million dollar construction dispute

Robert “Bobby” McNiel, a partner in the Dallas office of Calhoun, Bhella & Sechrest, obtained a complete dismissal of all claims against his client in a multi-million dollar construction dispute before the American Arbitration Association.

The dispute, an arbitration proceeding before the American Arbitration Association, involved allegations of construction defects and delays in connection with a multi-family housing project in Houston, Texas. The general contractor initiated the arbitration, claiming the owner had failed to pay over $2 million owed under the original contract. The owner filed counterclaims, claiming the project suffered from numerous construction defects. The owner also claimed it suffered significant damages due to unexcused delays in completing the project. In total, the owner sought over $7 million in damages. The general contractor then joined a number of subcontractors, including Mr. McNiel’s client, blaming them for the owner’s claimed damages.

The case proceeded to an arbitration hearing, which is the equivalent of a trial. The hearing involved tens of thousands of pages of documents and dozens of witnesses, including construction experts. After two weeks, the parties rested. The arbitrator who presided over the case then entered an award, which exonerated Mr. McNiel’s client entirely.

“Bobby McNiel possesses the formidable combination of in-depth construction experience coupled with excellent trial skills. He is a tenacious attorney who consistently seeks the best outcomes for his clients time after time, regardless of the size of the case,” says Brenda Cubbage, a partner in the firm’s Dallas office. Mr. McNiel’s practice focuses on business, real estate, and construction disputes. He can be reached at (214) 981-9200 or

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