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Construction Law

Any phase of residential or commercial construction can require legal assistance.

During the pre-construction phase, I have assisted in negotiating and drafting owner-contractor contracts, owner-architect contracts and contractor-subcontractor contracts. To avoid common disputes, written contracts should establish insurance allocation, indemnification, scope of work and supervision.

Also in the pre-construction phase, I have represented developers in the process of obtaining entitlements from local government entities. Sometimes problems may arise from easements or encroachments of neighboring properties, two areas in which my expertise can help a project move forward.

During construction, conflicts may result from mechanics' liens, delays in construction, faulty workmanship, change orders and improper invoicing. In these areas I have represented the interests of both owners and contractors.

In the post-construction phase, legal problems often arise from faulty workmanship. By consulting with owners, architects, engineers and/or contractors, I ascertain the damages that are legally recoverable. The most common defect claims involve water infiltration into buildings, land settlement due to poorly engineered or installed retaining walls and problems resulting from inadequate drainage systems. In some cases water infiltration has caused mold to develop, leading to other damages. Thanks to more than a quarter century of practicing law, my understanding of construction materials and techniques lets me get to the practical core of a dispute.

California laws regulating construction defect and mold claims are rapidly evolving. The result: expert legal advice is needed more than ever.