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January 29, 2021In the News

Wagner quoted in "A BETTER 2021? Attorneys plan for, predict legal trends for this year"

Wisconsin Law Journal

In construction law, the future will largely depend on what clients want and are willing to do, said Roy Wagner, leader of Michael Best’s construction law group.

“Construction lawyers will be driven by clients’ experiences,” Wagner said. “The uncertainty of what the new normal will be will also fit what the lawyer is experiencing.”

The pandemic fell hard on certain segments of the construction industry, such as retail and entertainment. Throughout it all, though, industrial construction and infrastructure managed to thrive. Wagner predicts they will continue to do so under the Biden administration.

“For lawyers, we like the idea that we help people build, but we also try to solve problems and reduce tension,” Wagner said. “We need to be able to help our clients address those industries that have tension and be sympathetic.”

Innovation in the construction industry had been gaining steam before COVID, Wagner said, and the pandemic has only increased the need to adopt new technologies. Work with web- and cloud-based software, drones, GPS to track people and equipment, and other systems will continue into 2021 and well beyond.

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