Kimberly A. Hurtado


Hurtado Zimmerman SC
1011 N. Mayfair Road
Suite 204
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Tel: (414) 727-6250


Since founding Hurtado Zimmerman SC in 1998, Kim has built a reputation as one of the most well-respected construction lawyers in the world.  As a Fellow and Board Member of the American College of Construction Lawyers, a Charter Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America, and recognized as a Thought Leader by International Who’s Who – Construction Law, Kim has been at the forefront of the development of construction law for decades.

Kim’s success is built on a deep understanding and appreciation of the construction and real estate industries, a passion for the ethical practice of law, and a commitment to delivering service excellence to her clients.

Her practice includes domestic and international negotiation of construction, real property, business acquisition and financing contracts—including public bond issuance and related funding mechanisms for major infrastructure projects, such as public-private partnerships (PPPs), integrated project delivery (IPD) and other forms of joint ventured project completion.

She has extensive experience in the successful resolution of complex construction disputes—particularly structural design and construction defects, bond and lien foreclosure, critical path delay, insurance coverage and contract interpretation claims in state and federal court trials and appeals, and through a wide range of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes.

Kim is widely respected for her work in construction project management. Clients rely on her for help with best value practices in development financing, building information modeling (BIM and BPxP) and electronic project management, 3D printing, prefabrication of structures and building components, and life cycle sustainability initiatives, including LEED® and other sustainability certifications.

She frequently serves as a partnering facilitator, mediator and private arbitrator, and is known for thoughtful listening, thorough knowledge of the law, and out-of-the-box problem solving that leads to mutually acceptable resolution of claims.

Kim is the author of numerous books and articles about construction law, and is a frequent lecturer on construction and alternative dispute resolution law for universities, bar associations, and construction industry groups nationally and internationally.

She also serves on the US Army Corps of Engineers Industry BIM Consortium, and has chaired Drafting Committees for several Associated General Contractors of America ConsensusDOCs contracting forms.

Construction law is a multi-faceted and complex field ranging from contract negotiations, project design, insurance coverage, real estate and environmental analysis, employment/unemployment claim change order negotiation, delay/defect/payment dispute resolution, to effective management and adaption to new technologies.

In short—if a legal challenge is part of the construction process, it’s part of construction law that we handle.

Our clients include: general contractors, trade contractors, architects, engineering firms, owners, developers, government agencies and lenders.

Clients rely on us for help with the following:
  • Contract Reviews
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Construction Lien and Bond
  • Change Orders
  • Termination
  • Bid Protests
  • Construction Defects
  • Denial of Site Access
  • Land Use Disputes
  • Differing Site Conditions
  • Disruption, Delay and Acceleration
  • Design-Build
  • Construction Mangement
  • Public Private Partnerships (P3s)
  • Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)
  • Defective Design, Material and Workmanship
  • Foreclosure
  • Bankruptcy and Receivership
  • Theft by Contractor
  • Project Audits
  • Fraud/Misrepresentation
  • Disadvantaged Business Certification (DBE, WBE, EBE, MBE, SBE, SDVOSB, WOSB, and others)
  • Joint Venturing
  • Copyright/Trademark
  • Employment Agreements
  • Zoning and Government Approvals
  • Title and Eminent Domain
  • Environment/Shoreland Regulation
  • Sustainability Contracting and Project Site Compliance

We provide a wide range of services to the construction industry, including:

  • Contract Negotiations and Review
  • Modification of standardized forms (AIA, DBIA, ConsensusDocs, EJCDC and others) and development of Master Contracts and Purchase Orders (Subcontracts, Owner-General Contractor, Owner-Architect, Design/Builder, Construction Management, Consultant.
  • Claims and Dispute Resolution
  • Construction Liens and Payment Disputes
  • Litigation
  • Insurance Claims
  • Surety Bond and Miller Act Claims
  • Mediation and Arbitration (as advocates and neutrals)
  • General Counsel Business Advice
  • Formation, Certification and Counseling of Disadvantaged Businesses (DBE, WBE, MBE, SBE, EBE, SDOSB, WOSB and others
  • Bids/Requests for Proposals and Bid Challenges
  • Set-aside Program Development
  • Participant Certification and Compliance Disputes
  • Hiring Programs including Subcontractor, Supplier and Community Block Grant Worker Hiring
Hurtado Zimmerman SC is a Wisconsin law firm with a practice focused on construction law, real estate and public finance. Our attorneys represent architects, contractors, developers, owners, materials suppliers, public and quasi-public entities, and all other participants in the construction industry.

We represent clients throughout Milwaukee, Waukesha, southeastern Wisconsin, nationally and internationally.