Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP’s construction law division helps general contractors, and specialty subcontractors prevent and resolve disputes in a cost effective manner. Our construction attorneys know the construction industry and understand that running a successful business requires more than being skilled at your trade. Many of our construction attorneys are licensed contractors themselves, and have served as project managers, consultants, general contractors, and specialty contractors on both private, and government construction projects. Whether you work on home improvement projects or public works contracts, our attorneys can help you prevent disputes by preparing bids, contracts and job site policies that anticipate disputes and resolve them before they happen. If a dispute does arise, our construction attorneys will provide you with diligent representation for administrative hearings, mediation or arbitration and in court.
Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP construction attorneys represent contractors through all stages of the construction project, from licensure, to planning and bidding, to collections by recording mechanic’s liens and stop notices, to informal dispute resolution in mediation or arbitration, through formal litigation at trial. Our attorneys will advise you at each step in the process, and seek resolutions that are beneficial and cost effective.
Contract Negotiation, Drafting or Review
Whether you’re a prime contractor or subcontractor, working on a home improvement project or on a large public works project, Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP construction attorneys can tailor a contract to suit your firm’s particular needs and to protect your business. We help our clients avoid the consequences of a poorly written contract by ensuring your contracts are compliant with California requirements and designed to address common concerns in your particular trade and situation. Our experienced attorneys can draft an entirely new contract, specifically for your firm, or update your existing contracts. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; let Wilson Keadjian Browndorf LLP’s construction attorneys protect you against unforeseen issues such as extra work, differing site conditions, change orders, delays or acceleration issues.
For public works contractors winning bids is a necessity. Bid disputes can cause serious delays, and increase costs. Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP construction attorneys understand the intricacies of the bidding process and know the techniques to help you win construction bids and navigate construction bidding disputes. We can help you challenge a low bid or defend against a challenge.
Mechanic’s Lien Filing Service
If you work on a private job, you may have the right to record mechanic’s lien against the title of the property to ensure that you get paid for the work or materials provided. Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP can record a mechanics lien for you, and let you spend your time at the job site instead of the courthouse. But filing a mechanic’s lien is not enough, statutory rules set up time limits to perfect your mechanic’s lien claim. Our attorneys can file complaints to protect and enforce your mechanic’s lien rights.
Preliminary and Stop Notices for Public Works Projects
Oftentimes, when working on a public works or construction lender project, you may be hired by someone other than the owner of the property. When you work with someone other than the owner, you may be required to provide a Preliminary Notice to the owner, awarding authority, prime contractor and/or construction lender informing them that you are working on the property and will have a right to be paid. Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP construction attorneys can prepare a template form notice, or notices specially designed for your firm, that comply with all local requirements and regulations. If you are working on a public works project and are not paid, you cannot record a mechanic’s lien against public property, but you can provide a Stop Notice to the construction lender and/or awarding authority. A Stop Notice requires the construction lender or awarding authority withhold sufficient funds to satisfy your Stop Notice claim. Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP construction attorneys will prepare a Stop Notice that advises the construction lender and/or awarding authority of your claim and ensure that your claim is properly prepared and documented, as well as, all bond and other regulatory requirements are met.
Extra Work/Change Orders
Despite the best of planning unanticipated changes can and do come up during the construction process. If the extra work is not included in your contract, you could spend thousands on extra labor or materials and not get paid for it. The best practice is to document any change in writing and to specify the additional work, time and cost to be incurred. The developer, general contractor, or homeowner should sign for the extra work and agree to payment before the extra work is performed. For large projects, Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP construction attorneys can draft effective change orders that document the extra work to be performed and the agreed to price for that work. For smaller projects, our attorneys can prepare template forms that can be used on any jobsite. Be prepared, get changes orders in writing, avoid disputes and get paid.
Contractor’s Board License Defense
Maintaining your contractor’s license is a requirement of working in the construction industry. If you have received a complaint against your license, or a notice of CSLB action, you need to act now. A suspension or revocation will have a serious impact on your livelihood and can be reported to the public by the CSLB for years to come. Our experienced attorneys will work to resolve the complaint or action before it leads to a suspension or revocation and get you back to work.
Employment and Labor Law Compliance
For many contractors becoming an employer creates complications and confusion dealing with the myriad of regulations, insurance policies and tax consequences. Have you properly classified your workers as employees or independent contractors? Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP construction attorneys are experienced in advising contractors on how to comply with labor law requirements and can help contractors implement policies that comply with federal and state employment laws.
Construction Defect Litigation, Mediation and Arbitration
Even great contractors may face litigation because of alleged defects in the construction process. Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP’s construction attorneys understand the complexity of a construction project and can apply that knowledge in defending against construction defect claims. Additionally our attorneys will use all avenues to resolve claims, including alternatives to court such as construction mediation and arbitration. We have the experience, resources and sophistication to handle all types of construction defect litigation, including complex construction defect cases.