Michael Lapicola partners with clients to manage every step of the construction project lifecycle — including project delivery, contract drafting and negotiation, project documentation and management, and dispute resolution. He represents project owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, engineers, lenders and sureties in dozens of states across the United States.

Construction Project Counsel

Mike provides daily consultation to clients regarding procurement, licensing, liens, bonds, insurance, indemnity, delays, defects, changes, payment, termination and other construction project matters.

Construction Contracts

Mike drafts and negotiates all types of construction contracts, including design agreements, design-build contracts, EPC agreements, purchase orders, bid documents, indemnity agreements, joint venture agreements and IPD agreements. He also reviews and drafts construction documents related to construction financing for energy, housing, health care, retail, hotel, gaming and other projects.

Construction Dispute Resolution

Mike represents clients in claims development, arbitrations, mediations, litigation, settlement and other dispute resolution activities involving construction issues.


Bar Admissions



Brigham Young University
B.A. magna cum laude (1994)

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
J.D. cum laude (1998)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Excess and Umbrella Coverage on Construction Projects
    ABA Fidelity & Surety Law Committee, 2018
  • What Contractors Need to Know About OCIPs and CCIPs – Webinar
    Lorman Education Services, 2017 and 2018
  • Construction Dispute Resolution: Understanding the Contract and Breach
    Masters in Construction Contracting, Federal Publications Seminars, 2017
  • The 2017 A201 Deskbook 
    Author, Chapter 14 Termination or Suspension, American Bar Association, 2017
  • Integrated Project Delivery (IPD): A Contractor’s Perspective
    ABA Construction Forum, 2017
  • 2017 Edition of the A201 General Conditions
    Faegre Baker Daniels Construction Law Summit, 2016 and 2017
  • Design-Build Lessons Learned – Webinar
    Associated General Contractors of America, 2017
  • Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Multi-Party Agreements
    Colorado AIA-AGC-ACEC Liaison Committee, 2015
  • Minnesota Legal Update
    Faegre Baker Daniels Construction Seminar, 2014

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • AIA Contract Document Committee
  • AGC of Minnesota
  • AGC of Colorado
  • ABA Forum on Construction Law: Chair of Division 2 (Contract Documents)


  • Best Lawyers®— Construction Law, 2021-24; Litigation - Construction, 2024
  • Chambers USA — Colorado, Construction, 2011-23
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2013-14
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Construction/Surety and Construction Litigation, Rising Star, 2011
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