More Musings From the Mediation Trenches

As those that read this construction blog on a regular basis know, I became a Virginia Supreme Court certified mediator a few years ago.  I did so because I believe that mediation as a form of alternate dispute resolution is in most cases a much better alternative to resolve a construction dispute than litigation. While…

More Thoughts on “Green” (the Practice, not the Color) Building

Originally posted 2014-03-10 09:00:24. Republished by Blog Post PromoterIt has been a while since I “mused” on the green building landscape.  While I am a LEED AP and have presented on green (read “sustainable”) building in the past, I am not totally sold on LEED as the be all end all in sustainable construction (the…

Discussions of Changes in Virginia Mechanic’s Lien Law at ZLien

Once again I get to thank Scott Wolfe (@scottwolfejr) over at Zlien for an opportunity to guest post.  This time around it is on the soon to be implemented changes to the Virginia law as it relates to contractual waivers of lien and bond claim rights. Here’s a taste of the post over at Scott’s…

A Great Contractor Filled Weekend

Originally posted 2014-01-27 11:47:19. Republished by Blog Post PromoterOver this past weekend, I attended the annual convention of the Associated General Contractors of Virginia.  As always, a good time was had by all.  Between the skeet and five stand shooting, the oyster tasting and other great events, the convention had plenty of laughter and opportunity…

Quick Note: Be Careful with Pay if Paid Clauses (Both Subcontractors and General Contractors)

Aside from waiver of lien rights (something that will be illegal in Virginia after July 1, 2015), the most troublesome contractual impediment to payment for a subcontractor or supplier on a project often is the “pay if paid” clause.  As a general rule, in Virginia, these clauses where drafted in the proper fashion, are enforceable. …

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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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