Our attorneys have over a century of combined experience representing owners, developers, lenders, surety companies, contractors, subcontractors, designers, architects, engineers, product manufacturers and suppliers involved in residential, commercial and public construction projects throughout California.When necessary, our attorneys have the unique ability to continue to represent our clients in mechanics lien, bankruptcy or other proceedings that relate to construction projects. We are actively involved in local contractor associations, routinely providing education and counseling services to members and to suppliers, trade associations and developers. Our expertise extends to nearly all aspects of the construction business including:
Construction Defect Claims
We have substantial experience in representing our clients who have become entangled in individual and class action construction defect litigation. For many years, our attorneys have been retained by owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and product manufacturers or their insurers to defend them in complex, multi-party cases involving such issues as the claimed failure of siding products, windows, concrete, waterproofing, appliances, piping, electrical systems, roofing, and framing. We have also been involved in resolving related issues such as insurance coverage and both contractual and implied indemnity.
Our attorneys provide counseling and the preparation of contractual documents needed by clients in the construction of all types of commercial and residential buildings including both general contracts, subcontracts, supply, home improvement contracts, indemnity and bonding agreements. We assist clients in achieving compliance with myriad contractual and regulatory obligations.
Construction Management and Delay Claims
We have handled many construction management and delay claims over the years. We assist clients in identifying critical paths and causes of delay that affect costs and the timely completion of projects. We work with clients and their experts in analyzing and preparing claims, and where necessary, initiating or defending any resulting litigation. We help clients to secure the appropriate insurance coverage and indemnity from others necessary to successfully resolve claims.
Our attorneys are knowledgeable and skilled in all aspects of the payment and collection of construction funds. This includes preparation, service and enforcement of preliminary lien notices, mechanic’s liens, stop notices, payment bonds, contractor’s license bonds, mechanic’s lien release bonds, conditional and unconditional waivers, the release of progress and final payments, notices of completion and cessation. When necessary, we initiate or defend our clients in the litigation necessary to perfect and enforce lien or bond rights. We also assist our clients in dealing with prevailing wage and unpaid union fringe benefit issues.