Cockriel & Christofferson, LLC

Cockriel & Christofferson, LLC

Philip J. Christofferson Named Best Lawyers' 2015 St. Louis Litigation - Construction Lawyer of the Year

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C&C member Philip J. Christofferson has been named the 2015 St. Louis Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Construction by Best Lawyers. This is Phil's second Lawyer of the Year accolade - he was also the 2013 St. Louis Lawyer of the Year in Construction Law. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, and designates a single lawyer in each speciality in each community. Phil has been listed in Best Lawyers every year since 2010. Congratulations!

All of C&C's Attorneys Honored Again In 2014 Missouri & Kansas "Super Lawyers"
Once again, all three of Cockriel & Christofferson's attorneys have been honored by Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers for 2014. Steven M. Cockriel and Philip J. Christofferson were named as Super Lawyers in Construction Litigation, and Michael J. Rolwes was named a "Rising Star" in Construction Litigation. Congratulations to all of our attorneys!

C&C Attorneys Receive "Best Lawyers" Accolades for 2015
Cockriel & Christofferson, LLC is proud to announce that its attorneys have again been recognized for excellence by Best Lawyers for 2015. Steven M. Cockriel is listed in Best Lawyers for 2015 in the field of Litigation-Construction, and Philip J. Christofferson is listed in the fields of Construction Law and Litigation-Construction. This is Steve's 9th consecutive Best Lawyers award, and Phil's 6th consecutive award. Congratulations!
Cockriel & Christofferson: Dedicating to Resolving and Preventing Construction Disputes

Since 1997, our law firm, Cockriel & Christofferson, LLC, has successfully represented parties engaged in building and construction in both Missouri and Illinois. We are ready to assist you in all matters relating to:
-Construction law
-Construction litigation
-Business litigation

Broad range of services for a broad range of clients
Our clients span the entire spectrum of the construction process:
-Contractors, subcontractors and suppliers including those with mechanic's lien claims
-Architects, engineers and other design professionals
-Sureties and insurance companies including those requiring performance and payment bond defense
-Owners, developers and lenders

Our firm has extensive experience litigating, arbitrating and mediating all forms of construction disputes. Our clients rely on us for legal advice in construction contract disputes, defective design and construction claims, payment disputes, and other construction matters. We have prosecuted and defended against mechanic's liens, ranging from $500 to more than $1,000,000.

Experienced, professional and responsive lawyers
Our talented attorneys have honed their skills in Missouri and Illinois state courts, federal court and in private mediation and arbitration proceedings. We have litigated projects ranging from defense of a subconsulting engineer in Metrolink's $100 million lawsuit against the Cross-County Extension's designers in 2007, to representing builders and owners in small residential construction defect cases. We have provided counsel on projects ranging from sanitary landfill construction and power plant development, to commercial shopping center and residential subdivision development, to custom home construction and account collection for small contractors. Our clients tend to be small to medium-sized companies, including mom and pop shops clients who appreciate our personalized service, attention to detail and high ethical standards, for which our firm is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Contact a dedicated and established construction law firm
Cockriel & Christofferson, LLC is conveniently located in St. Louis and serves clients throughout Missouri and Illinois. To schedule an appointment, call 314.821.4200 or contact us online.

Cockriel & Christofferson Recognized As "Tier-1" Firm in 2014 by US News & World Report
We are pleased to announce that Cockriel & Christofferson has once again received a Tier 1 ranking in the fields of Construction Law and Litigation - Construction in the 2014 Edition of U.S. News and World Report's "Best Law Firms." C&C is one of only three St. Louis area law firms to be recognized as a Tier 1 firm in both construction-related fields.

Philip J. Christofferson Named Best Lawyers' 2013 St. Louis Construction Law Lawyer of the Year
For the second year in a row, a Cockriel & Christofferson attorney has been named
a St. Louis Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers. Congratulations to Philip J. Christofferson,
who was named the 2013 St. Louis Construction Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers.
Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession,
and designates a single lawyer in each speciality in each community. Phil has been listed in
Best Lawyers every year since 2010.
Main Office
Main Office
3660 South Geyer Road Suite 320
St. Louis  MO  63127
Phone
  • 314-821-4200
Websites
Business
Missouri Law Firm Litigates on Behalf of Your Business
If you engage in commerce, sooner or later you are almost certain to encounter a dispute with a client or contractor that you'll need outside help to resolve. At Cockriel & Christofferson, LLC, we have been assisting businesses for 14 years through alternative dispute resolution and civil court trials in both state and federal courts. We have the knowledge and experience to help your business in cases related to:

-Unfair practices and trade regulation violations
-Breach of contract
-Breach of warranty
-Business torts
-Construction law
-Collections
-Employment disputes
-Insurance
-Products liability
-Real estate
-Partnership and shareholder disputes

Recovery from breach of contract
When a party to a contract fails to perform, the other business suffers. This damage often goes beyond the immediate inconvenience of getting less than promised by the contract. The breach can also cost you future profits if you are unable to serve your clients as a result. The skilled attorneys at Cockriel & Christofferson, LLC can help you achieve the best legal remedy for a breach of contract, such as:
-Compensatory damages - reimbursement for immediate monetary loss
-Consequential and incidental damages - compensation for additional foreseeable losses caused by the breach
-Attorney fees and costs - amounts available only if the contract expressly states they are recoverable
-Liquidated damages - amounts specified in the contract that are payable for particular breaches, such as late or substandard performance
-Specific performance - court order requiring the breaching party to fulfill the terms of the contract
-Punitive damages - penalty for a party's objectionable behavior, meant to punish the breaching party and discourage other parties from acting in a similar manner
-Rescission - cancellation of the contract, with both sides excused from further performance and payments made under the contract returned
-Reformation - change in the terms of the contract when the court believes there was an honest misunderstanding about what was to be performed

Affordable alternatives to a civil suit
The cost of traditional litigation can easily exceed the amount of the contract. Fortunately there are various means of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation and arbitration, which are less costly and quicker than civil lawsuits, but can deliver the same remedies. Our experienced negotiators have successfully represented clients in arbitration and mediation hearings and have settled lawsuits prior to trial, saving our clients expenses and getting their businesses back on track.

Philip J. Christofferson

Practice areas
-Construction law
-Commercial litigation
-Business litigation
-Construction contracts
-Construction litigation
-Contractor performance bonds
-Construction and surety law
-Construction claims
-Construction arbitration
-Mechanics liens
-Public construction law

Admitted
-Missouri, 1998
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1998
-Illinois, 1999

Education
-University of Chicago Law School, J.D., with high honors, 1998
-Truman State University, B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude, 1995

Associations & memberships
-American Bar Association
-Member, Forum on the Construction Industry
-The Missouri Bar
-Illinois State Bar Association

Biography
-Named 2015 St. Louis Litigation - Construction Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America
-Named 2013 St. Louis Construction Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America
-Named to Best Lawyers in America in Construction Law and Litigation-Construction, 2011 - 2015
-Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2014
-Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers "Rising Star," 2010, 2011, and 2012
-Order of the Coif
-Formerly with Thompson Coburn, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal
Education
  • University of Chicago Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1998

Steven M. Cockriel

Practice areas
-Construction law
-Commercial litigation
-Business litigation
-Construction contracts
-Construction litigation
-Contractor performance bonds
-Construction and surety law
-Construction claims
-Construction arbitration
-Mechanics liens
-Public construction law

Admitted
-Missouri, 1986
-Illinois, 1987

Education
-St. Louis University, J.D., summa cum laude, 1986
-University of Missouri-Columbia, B.S.C.E., summa cum laude, 1983

Associations & memberships
-American Bar Association
-Member, Forum on the Construction Industry
-The Missouri Bar
-Member, Construction Law Committee
-Illinois State Bar Association

Biography
-QEBH, senior honor society at University of Missouri
-Order of the Woolsack
-Tau Beta Pi
-Chi Epsilon
-Mortar Board
-Selected to The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Construction Law - 2013-2015
-Selected to The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Litigation - Construction - 2007-2015
-Selected to Super Lawyers - Construction Law, 2007 - 2014
-Named 2012 St. Louis Lawyer of the Year in Litigation-Construction by Best Lawyers
Education
  • St. Louis University
    Juris Doctorate , 1986

Michael J. Rolwes

Practice areas
-Construction law
-Mechanics liens
-Construction contracts
-Business litigation
-Construction claims
-Payment bond claims

Admitted
-Missouri, 2003
-Illinois, 2004
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2004

Education
-St. Louis University, J.D., cum laude, 2003
-University of Dallas, B.A., magna cum laude, 2000
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Associations & memberships
-American Bar Association
---- Member, Forum on the Construction Industry
-The Missouri Bar
-Illinois State Bar Association

Biography
-Named a Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in Construction Law, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Education
  • St. Louis University
    Juris Doctorate , 2003
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