Ronald Deneweth

Ronald DenewethAdjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

  • Biography

    Ronald A. Deneweth was a founding member of Deneweth, Dugan & Parfitt, P.C., over 35 years ago. He concentrates his legal practice to construction, fidelity and surety, insurance disputes, and real estate/lending matters.

    Mr. Deneweth has counseled owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, lenders, insurers and sureties from the bid process to final closeout on all matters of controversy and claim avoidance on construction projects. In particular, Ron has handled claims in arbitration, mediation, and civil litigation from relatively simple payment claims to much more complex claims for damages arising out of defects in performance, warranty, the suitability of plans and specifications, delays, and insurance disputes in the construction process. Ron has acted as Mediator or Arbitrator in over 350 proceedings. Most recently, Ron was named as the Best Lawyers’ 2015 Detroit Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year.” Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Additionally, Ron has also been honored in the field of Construction Law by Business, Super Lawyers, and Crain’s Detroit Business.

  • Courses

    Construction Law
    (Formerly DCL 314) In order to avoid costly delays and prolonged disputes that can arise during a construction project, all stakeholders in a construction project need to be aware of the legal issues that can arise in the construction process. This course will provide an overview of the laws concerning contracting and construction including project delivery methods, important contract clauses found in proprietary and industry standard contract documents, private and public contracts, bidding, mechanic's lien, performance and payment bonds, standard construction insurance products for risk mitigation, and dispute resolution. By the end of this course, you will possess a framework for recognizing, understanding and mitigating legal issues that could arise during a construction project.