Thoughts on construction law from Christopher G. Hill, Virginia construction lawyer, LEED AP, mediator, and member of the Virginia Legal Elite in Construction Law

Talking Mediation at AEC Forensics

Thank you to my friend and relatively frequent guest poster here at Construction Law Musings, Brian Hill (@aecforensics) for letting me invade his great blog on risk management and best construction practices, AECforensics.com, and talk about one of my favorite topics, mediation. As I have said on many an occasion, mediation is often the most efficient and cost effective way out of a bad situation (read: construction claim). I share these thoughts in more depth over at Brian’s blog.

Here’s a taste:

Whether your dispute is big or small, has to do with interpretation of your, hopefully well drafted, construction contract or the allegedly poor quality of the work, or any other reason why a payment dispute (and in commercial construction, it is always some form of payment dispute), mediation is almost always a good option. Remember, litigation and arbitration are expensive and even if you win, your construction business will take a hit, mainly because you cannot and should not budget for litigation (I mean, really, everyone should just do the right thing, correct?).

For the rest of my thoughts, head on over to AEC Forensics and read the full post here.

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With VA Mechanic’s Liens Sometimes “Substantial Compliance” is Enough (but don’t count on it)

Virginia mechanic’s liens are a powerful and tricky beast that in most cases require absolute precision in their preparation. However, an interesting opinion recently came out of the Virginia Supreme Court that may provide a bit of a “safe harbor” from the total form over function nature of a mechanic’s lien. In Desai, Executrix v.

Reminder: Your Accounting and Other Records Matter

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Be Sure to Dot All of the “I’s” and Cross the “T’s” in Virginia

As a construction company from outside of Virginia that wants to work here in the Commonwealth, there are numerous “hoops” that you need to jump through to be able to perform work and most importantly get paid. Among these are obtaining a Virginia contractors license, find a registered agent here in Virginia, hopefully find a

Resolve to Say “No” This Year

Originally posted 2016-01-11 09:19:39. Republished by Blog Post PromoterWe hear all of the time how to “get to ‘yes’” and how doing so can lead to more business and of course more business leads to more profits. Purely logical, right? Without construction owners with work for general contractors to perform and general contractors hiring subcontractors

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I am a construction lawyer in Richmond, Virginia, a LEED AP, and have been nominated by my peers to Virginia's Legal Elite in Construction Law on multiple occasions. I provide advice and assistance with mechanic's liens, contract review and consulting, occupational safety issues (VOSH and OSHA), and risk management for construction professionals.

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