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Jackson Walker
Steven Dimitt
Partner
sdimitt@jw.com

BUILDING SOLUTIONS.
We’re more than just lawyers – we’re business partners committed to helping you thrive. Today more than ever, our client-first relationships are what make us tick and define who we are.


From real estate to cybersecurity, from intellectual property to litigation, we have deep experience across numerous industries. We deliver success with a strategic, business-minded approach to understand your objectives and deliver high-quality work.


Construction


From the beginning of projects through final completion, from the negotiation of contracts and preparation of bids to the resolution of construction disputes, Jackson Walker represents clients in all aspects of commercial and public construction projects. Jackson Walker represents developers, owners (both private and public), homebuilders, commercial builders, construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors, vendors, construction lenders, architects, engineers, and sureties. The breadth of our experience enables us to represent clients with a thorough knowledge of the legal relationships among the various parties in construction projects and provides us with sensitivity to the professional and technical capabilities and positions of the disciplines participating in the completion of those projects.

Land Use/Zoning


Jackson Walker’s land use and municipal law practice group – the largest in the Southwest – handles transactions from the city to the suburbs and beyond. Whether it’s a new or expanding church, private school, or urban redevelopment, we assist clients with securing appropriate zoning, addressing thoroughfare and circulation issues, and obtaining necessary approvals. We also help our clients devise and implement the most cost-effective approaches to their projects.


Religious Rights/RLUIPA


As churches and religious institutions expand and grow, they can face obstacles and push back from municipalities. Local governmental bodies may try to restrict the church’s religious practice by limiting the locations that a church may exist in the city or even placing impermissible conditions on the church’s practice. Fortunately, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”) exists to prevent municipalities from substantially burdening the practice of religion, treating churches and religious institutions differently than secular institutions, and discriminating against churches and religious institutions.


Jackson Walker has successfully represented churches across the United States regarding disputes with municipalities involving RLUIPA claims.
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Jackson Walker
2323 Ross Avenue, Suite 600
Dallas, TX 75021
Phone: 214-953-6182

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Practice Highlights
Prepared and negotiated the construction contracts for the development of a $700 million, 200+ acre mixed use development near the urban district of Dallas. It will involve 7,500 residential units, 1,000 hotel rooms, 1.2 million square feet of office space, and 800,000 square feet of retail. JW was also instrumental in the zoning and permitting processes for this development.

Represents public transportation authority is in the process of designing and constructing a design-bid-build commuter rail system (37 miles of track) between Ft. Worth and DFW Airport. JW is assisting with the procurement of the design and construction firms under a design-bid-build delivery method, including drafting of necessary design and construction contracts and any ensuing negotiations, a diesel multiple unit acquisition agreement, trackage agreements, right-of-way or easement documents, compliance requirements, assistance with any change orders or contractor disputes, and responding to procurement protests.

Represented a condominium developer in $32 million dollar construction defect arbitration, which also involved allegations regarding payment issues. The construction problems involved extensive water infiltration behind stucco veneer, severely unleveled floors, and nail holes in shower pans, just to name a few. There were 35 parties in the case, and the developer obtained a very favorable settlement just prior to the arbitration hearing.​

Represented developer in the negotiations of the construction contracts for a strategic master planned logistics campus on 500+ fully entitled acres.