Construction Industry Attorneys: Focusing from the Ground Up
Clients of construction industry attorneys are involved in all facets of the construction industry: architects, engineers, surveyors, design-build firms, designers, builders, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, materialmen, and owners. Construction industry clients deal with specialized matters including bonds and sureties, labor and wage and hour issues, public contracts, permits, real estate transactions, leasebacks, construction loans, equipment leasing, liens, workers’ compensation and injuries, and, if necessary, dispute resolution and litigation defense. Negotiating this minefield of contracts and regulations requires an experienced construction legal team.
Construction Industry Attorneys Provide Legal Advice from Bid through Occupation Certificate
Subcontractors and suppliers have specific remedies like liens and surety claims. Construction contracts may contain a hold harmless agreement between a contractor and a subcontractor, but is it enforceable? In the case of injury, damage, or defect, who is responsible? Most construction contracts require arbitration of disputes under the AAA Construction Arbitration Rules. The construction industry attorneys at Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC are familiar with the varied aspects of construction law and use their knowledge and experience to provide the legal advice you need.
Construction Industry Attorneys Are Contract Experts
Businesses that work on federally-funded projects are subject to federal laws such as the Prompt Payment Act and the Davis-Bacon Act, which govern required wages for laborers. Many states also have “Little Davis-Bacon Act” requirements for state-funded construction projects. And every state has specific requirements for workers’ compensation.
Our construction attorneys are familiar with the varying state laws regarding the enforceability of specific contract terms such as arbitration clauses and indemnity clauses. In addition, we can help with the very detailed laws relating to liens and sureties. Don’t assume that the contract for your last project will work for the next project.
Protecting and Enhancing Your Construction Business with Expert Legal Advice
Contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, and engineers may feel confident in their area of specialization, and construction industry attorneys can provide advice with contracts and disputes. But construction industry businesses may need more diversified advice. At Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC, our lawyers are ready to assist your business with additional services.
In addition to construction lawyers, Jenkins Fenstermaker has lawyers who specialize in commercial real estate and financing, labor and employment, corporate governance and business entities, and litigation.
Structuring Your Construction Business for Maximum Protection and Advantage
Many construction businesses separate their different functions and projects by creating separate business entities, facilitating organization and protection. The lawyers in our corporate governance and business entities practice assist construction industry clients with choosing corporate structures that meet their business goals.
Staying Compliant with Wage and Hour Laws, Immigration Issues, and Workers’ Compensation
The construction industry also has specialized requirements for labor and safety. Attorneys skilled in labor and employment issues support and advise construction businesses and construction services. Wage and hour issues, immigration issues, OSHA regulations, and workers’ compensation are just a few of the areas where construction businesses need our expert legal consultation.
Real Estate Issues: Acquisitions, Zoning, Permits
Construction projects always involve real estate, and that means real estate legal problems. The lawyers at Jenkins Fenstermaker with expertise in commercial real estate and financing can smooth the way for construction projects with advice and representation in acquiring real estate, rights-of-way, permits, and rezoning. When condemnation issues arise, our lawyers can help clients obtain necessary easement rights while keeping project costs low.
Worst Case Scenario—Litigation and Arbitration
Our attorneys stand ready to serve construction industry clients in all areas of construction litigation: contractual disputes, arbitration, jobsite injuries, liens, and indemnity issues. These are just a few of the areas in which our firm’s lawyers are experienced and respected.
Construction Businesses Supported by Sound Legal Advice
Your construction-related business has been built from the ground up with specialized knowledge, whether that knowledge is in architecture, engineering, concrete, electrical, or plumbing. Just as you would not call an attorney to solve a plumbing problem, a plumber is not the best person to provide legal advice. Call the experts at Jenkins Fenstermaker to support, protect, and grow the business that you have built.
Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC provides representation for construction industry clients in West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, backed by more than 90 years of legal experience. If you are in need of construction industry attorneys, call (304) 523-2100 (or (866) 617-4736 toll free) or complete our online contact form for a prompt consultation.