Brian R. Zimmerman

Brian R. Zimmerman — Attorney and Shareholder

With a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering—and job site experience in engineering and surveying to complement it—Brian brings a unique perspective to his work in construction and real estate law.

As a Shareholder of the firm, Brian’s practice includes construction and real estate litigation, alternative dispute resolution, commercial and residential real property sales—including title and survey analysis—and construction contract preparation and negotiation.

Brian’s experience in dispute resolution includes contract disputes, construction defects, delay and warranty claims, theft by contractor claims, right to cure issues, home improvement practices claims, construction collections and lien foreclosure actions.

He has counseled clients in the negotiation of construction contracts—representing owners, contractors and architects—on projects that ranged from the tens of millions of dollars to residential home construction. Brian regularly helps clients prepare master contract forms for use in contracting with owners, subcontractors and suppliers.

In addition, Brian has assisted disadvantaged and minority contractors with certifications in DBE, WBE, WOSB, MBE, and other state and federal programs. This work has included both successful applications and appeal of decertification.

Brian works closely with clients to understand their needs and to provide legal advice as an outside general counsel. His work addresses both their immediate and long-term legal needs, including risk management, dispute resolution, personnel management, insurance, and strategic planning issues.
 
Brian currently serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County and is a member of the Steering Committee of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Division 5 – General Contractors.


EDUCATION

Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

5/06 Bachelor of Science – Civil Engineering
Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • ConsensusDOCS BIM Addendum Working Group
  • State Bar of Wisconsin – Member – Construction and Public Contract Law, Business Law and Real Property and Probate Sections
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law
  • Metropolitan Builders Association of Milwaukee
  • Construction Arbitration Board Member
  • Board Member, Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County

LICENCES & ADMISSIONS TO PRACTICE

State of Wisconsin; United States District Court - Eastern District of Wisconsin.


PUBLICATIONS

  • “Kalahari Lawsuit Offers Defect Lessons” Wisconsin Law Journal/Daily Reporter “Construction Law” publication (July, 2012)
  • “Wisconsin Construction Warranties and Limits on Liability” the Wisconsin Builders Association's Builder Buzz Blog (April 17, 2012).
  • “Right to Cure Law: Use It or Lose It” the Wisconsin Builders Association's Builder Buzz Blog (August 29, 2011).
  • “Theft by Contractor: Avoiding the Pitfalls” the Wisconsin Builders Association's Builder Buzz Blog (February 17, 2011).

SEMINARS

“Wisconsin Construction Liens on Private Projects” for AGC of Greater Milwaukee, (April 2012)

“Wisconsin Remodeling Laws” Metropolitan Builders Association, Remodel Power Conference, (September, 2012).

 “Construction Lien Foreclosure on Privately Owned Property in Wisconsin,” Fond du Lac Builders Association, (January, 2011)