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Mr. Deneweth concentrates his legal practice to construction, fidelity and surety, insurance disputes, and real estate/lending matters. He has counseled owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, lenders and sureties from the bid process to final closeout on all matters of controversy and claim avoidance on construction projects. He has extensive experience in the drafting and negotiation of the legal documents required for the acquisition and financing of real estate through the entire construction process to final claims resolution.
For over 35 years, Mr. Deneweth has represented owners, contractors, investors, subcontractors, and sureties in disputes involving all aspects of the construction process. In particular, he has handled claims in arbitration, mediation, and civil litigation from relatively simple payment claims to much more complex claims for damages arising out of defects in performance, warranty, the suitability of plans and specifications, delays, and insurance disputes in the construction process. In recent years, he has assisted many contractors, investors, and owners involved in troubled projects to reach resolution with the projects' lenders through the loan modification, work out, or the debt acquisition process.
Mr. Deneweth has served as an arbitrator and/or mediator in over 280 insurance or construction-related disputes, both as a member of the American Arbitration Association's approved panel of arbitrators and mediators and in connection with many private arbitrations and mediations. He prides himself in seeking the most cost-effective resolution to complex disputes for his clients and those who engage him as a mediator or arbitrator.
He earned his law degree, cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law (formerly Detroit College of Law) in 1977, where he currently acts as the Adjunct Professor of Construction Law. He received his bachelor's degree, cum laude, in Economics from John Carroll University in 1974. Over the years, Mr. Deneweth has been honored to have been designated as a Michigan Super Lawyer not only in construction/surety but also as one of Michigan's Top 100 Lawyers in All Practice Areas. He has also been honored as a Top Construction Lawyer by Crain's Detroit Business and DBusiness and has been included in the Best Lawyers in America.
In 2000, he was awarded a John Carroll University Alumni Award Medal. In April 2010, after several years of heading the Building and Grounds Committee, Mr. Deneweth became chairman of the board of directors of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit.
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1977
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1981
Law School Honors/Involvement: Cum laude
Undergraduate School: John Carroll University, B.S. - Economics, 1974
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: Cum laude
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Torts and Insurance Practice, State Bar of Michigan
Oakland County Bar Association
Macomb County Bar Association
Macomb County Bar Foundation
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
John Carroll University Distinguished Volunteer Alumni, 2000
Michigan Super Lawyers, Construction/Surety
Michigan Super Lawyers, Top 100 in All Practice Areas
Crain's Detroit Business - Top Construction Lawyers
Best Lawyers in America
DBusiness Top Lawyers
Professional Certifications: Construction Disputes Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
Pro Bono, YMCA Detroit Leadership Academy
Pro Bono, YMCA Detroit Innovation Academy
Chairman, Board of Directors of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit
Deneweth, Dugan and Parfitt, P.C. was founded in 1979. The firm is located in Troy, Mich., in the heart of metropolitan Detroit. Its attorneys are a tight-knit group committed to results and client satisfaction. Issues can develop quickly and decisions must be made without delay and they are there to help. Clients appreciate the fact that the firm's attorneys are there when needed and that they have the necessary knowledge and experience to handle their legal problems.
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