The first step in the vast majority of construction projects is assembling a project team and the signing of contracts and subcontracts that define who does what work, what the work will cost and what each party’s responsibilities are in the event of a problem. Due to the complex relationships between project owners, design professionals, contractors and subcontractors construction contracts are generally complicated by necessity. Negotiating favorable terms on the front end of a project is a simple way to reduce risk and save significant costs at project closeout. In addition, it is vitally important to have a partner that can explain what each provision of a contract means and how the terms affect payment, claims and the project schedule. Hofer Law has extensive experience drafting contract documents for construction professionals, negotiating terms on a project-by-project basis and helping construction professionals understand the terms of these vital documents.
Disputes are an unfortunate but very common occurrence on construction projects. Often there are disagreements regarding the quality or timing of work. In addition, it is common for there to be changes to the sequencing and timing of work. Hofer Law will work with you during Project performance in an effort to “keep small problems small”. However, when things cannot be worked out you need a lawyer that understands when, where and how to act. Mr. Hofer learned construction law by routinely litigating multi-million dollar claims on behalf of clients and our litigation and claims practice remains one of the cornerstones of what we do at Hofer Law.
Construction Accident Claims
Construction sites are dangerous places and, unfortunately, sometimes accidents occur. When accidents occur it is imperative that an experienced construction attorney spearhead the defense of the claim. Hofer Law is experienced in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of construction accident claims and can help identify the best path to protect your business. Mr. Hofer has worked with insurance carriers and defended claims worth tens of millions of dollars.
Construction Defect Claims
Construction professionals work hard to deliver quality products for their customers. Unfortunately, sometimes things go wrong with the work and defects are found. When defects arise it is often difficult to pin down exactly who is responsible for what, and there are disputes as to the costs to correct deficiencies. Mr. Hofer has worked on numerous multi-million dollar construction defect matters and is well-versed in how to prosecute and defend claims of defective workmanship.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Many construction contracts require arbitration and/or mediation as the means to resolve disputes. Hofer Law is experienced in all aspects of alternative dispute resolution. Hofer Law prides itself on finding ways to make ADR cost-effective and get results.
Mechanic’s Liens are a powerful tool for contractors and/or subcontractors that have done good work but have not been paid. However, Mechanic’s Lien statutes vary from state to state and must be strictly adhered to. Mr. Hofer has filed numerous Mechanic’s Liens in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia and is well-versed in how to utilize this powerful tool.
Payment and Performance Bonds
Many construction professionals think that payment and performance bonds are just for public projects. However, some private projects are also protected by payment and performance bonds. Mr. Hofer has been making and defending surety claims for over fifteen (15) years and has extensive knowledge regarding how to leverage these claims to either secure payment for contractors and subcontractors. In addition, he has worked with several contractors and subcontractors to protect them from improper performance bond claims.
Business & Commercial Litigation
In addition to working with contractors Mr. Hofer has worked with many other businesses over the years and has extensive commercial litigation experience. Hofer Law can help your business assess its rights and, if needed, vindicate them in a court of law.