Drafting and Review of Construction Contracts
Construction contracts are specific to construction, and their drafting and review requires an expert. Jonathan Sweet has testified as an expert witness in construction issues, writes books on Construction Law, has taught Construction Law to law students at the University of San Francisco, and Lincoln Law School of San Jose, and at San Jose State University to contractors since 1994.
In addition, Jonathan Sweet has given seminars on Construction Law for Lorman Education Services throughout the country since 2002 to various law and industry groups. He has given other seminars through the American Institute of Architects, Santa Clara Valley Chapter, the Floor Covering Institute of the Central Coast Counties, the Peninsula Builders Exchange in San Carlos, CA, and the Construction Specifications Institute, Santa Clara Valley Chapter.
The consequences of signing a construction contract with bad clauses, or which contain language which is not in your favor can be devastating. Contact our office before you sign a construction contract, to know what obligations and liabilities you may be taking on that can involve substantial risk.
If you have a construction project in trouble, contact our office immediately to help you review and understand the language in your contract, and how it affects your rights and exposure.
Negotiating, Defending and Prosecuting Construction Litigation
The Law Offices of Jonathan J. Sweet represents property owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, construction companies, architects, design professionals, and other parties involved in quality, delay and payment litigation regarding construction. He handles construction litigation throughout the State of California.
Construction disputes are technically and legally complex. The overlapping responsibilities of parties to work to complete a successful project means that disputes are common. Typically, issues arise regarding the quality and timeliness of work. Although insurance may cover some parts of claims, the types of claims covered by insurance is surprisingly limited. Frequently, insurance companies refuse to cover claims. Even if you submit a claim, and an insurance company agrees to cover all or parts of a claim, you may still need personally-retained counsel to defend your interests.
When a project is delayed or has quality issues, nearly everyone involved may be brought into the litigation, You need an experienced construction litigation attorney who can review your contracts, review relevant documents, review insurance policies, and protect your interests. Our firm can help you do this.
Our office has over 25 years of experience in handling construction litigation claims and assisting clients with litigation and insurance issues. In addition, we approach each dispute on a case-by-case basis, to tailor the legal services to the dollars involved in the dispute, and to the client’s finances. For additional information about our qualifications, please visit our About Us page.
Construction litigation can severely disrupt your business. Our firm can help you to focus on your business, rather than wasting your valuable personal time trying to resolve construction law disputes alone. We can provide you with knowledgeable advice regarding construction law issues, including the following:
What Our Firm Can Do For You:
- Construction contracts - prepare or review construction contracts
- Get You Paid - If you have provided labor or materials on a project and have not been paid, we can take steps to help you get paid, including recording mechanics liens, issuing stop notices, filing lawsuits to perfect these remedies.
- Defend Payment Claims - If you are facing payment claims you feel are unjustified, we can defend you from those claims, and work toward a fair solution of the payment dispute.
- Review Licensing Issues - California has strict licensing laws which require that a contractor be licensed at all times during a project, or the contractor may forfeit his or her right to collect payment for labor or materials, and may even be required to return money already paid.
- Address Insurance Issues - including coverage issues, policy reviews, and issues regarding the denial of your claim.
- Construction Defect Claims - For owners, we can pursue litigation for defective labor or materials; for contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, design professionals, we can defend you from construction defect claims.