In today’s society, construction companies face a host of legal issues. From contracts to planning, to employing the right individuals to do the work, through to getting paid, construction companies face more legal issues than nearly any other industry. Companies that fail to address these issues risk losing bids, being sued by their employees, local and state shutdowns of the job site, or doing the work and simply not being paid.
Just the legal requirements to start a construction project can be enough to drive a construction company to seek legal advice. The permit requirements, environmental certifications, union requirements, and ongoing government oversight of projects can be confusing, especially for newer or smaller companies. Our attorneys can help you navigate the law around construction projects no matter how old or how big your company is.
A company can have legal issues that build over time until they end in court. That is why we seek to work with our clients from the start, forming a partnership to help our clients succeed. It is our goal to help our clients be proactive in avoiding legal issues altogether, saving time and money that can be better spent getting the job done.
Construction and Contractor Legal Services
Many legal issues are unique to construction companies and contractors. Most of your business relies upon the labor you are contracted to do and making sure that those contracts are secure. Our attorneys focus on creating strong contracts. This helps prevent legal problems from growing in the first place. Proper contract drafting creates solutions not only for foreseeable problems, but tells the parties how to handle unforeseeable issues, too.
Many of our construction clients are not legal experts. Instead, they rely on us to deal with the legal aspects of their business. To this end, we help our clients with:
- Writing and reviewing contracts in plain English so clients understand the legal landscape;
- Employment issues, including wage and hour and discrimination concerns;
- Mechanics’ Liens and breach of contract litigation to get clients paid;
- Litigation involving defective work and breach of contract; and
- Employment disputes.
We understand that the construction industry can be very unforgiving. Therefore, we have worked diligently to provide excellent representation to our clients in all areas of construction litigation. We have experience in all of the following areas:
- Miller and Little Miller Act cases,
- Construction defects,
- Construction claims,
- Home improvement contractor disputes,
- Arbitration and alternative dispute resolution,
- Change orders,
- Construction contract drafting and review,
- Construction disputes and delays, and
- New home construction issues.
Construction Law in the Baltimore area region requires an attorney who is able to apply the law to unique situations that often encompass various fields of law. The construction industry involves complex business relationships that often involve numerous parties. That requires dealing with contractors, subcontractors, site managers, business managers, architects, and site owners, as well as other construction companies and government agents.
Government Contract Law
After years of representing construction workers in all capacities and in all areas of the construction industry, we have found that there are a considerable amount of workers who come to our office with government contract questions. Baltimore and Washington D.C are at the heart of the Mid-Atlantic Region. There are many federal, state, and local governments that hire contractors and subcontractors to complete construction projects.
However, with these specialized and often lucrative contracts come a unique set of challenges, laws, and legal principles. We have the experience and knowledge of how to work with all government bodies, from federal contracts to state and local contracts. We understand that no matter who the parties are, if you have not been paid, you are entitled to your fair compensation.
Attorneys for Large and Small Construction Firms
No matter the size of your construction company, we would be delighted to help you with your legal issues. Many of our clients in the various industries we represent are small businesses with less than a dozen employees; others are large businesses with corporate structures and many employees. No matter the size of your construction company, our lawyers can help you with your legal issues.
There are different issues that smaller construction and contracting firms may face that larger companies will not. With smaller companies, non-payment and contract drafting and dispute issues are much more common. People think that they can withhold payment from small companies because they do not have collections departments and legal teams to fight clients over non-payment. Our firm can handle these kinds of issues for you if you do not have your own in-house counsel. We also work to provide you with contracts that prevent non-payment.
Larger construction companies face many issues that smaller contractors will not face. One of the main areas of concern for larger businesses is employment and subcontractor disputes. Many construction workers are on-staff employees. Moreover, many are part of unions and other organizations that help regulate wages. Strikes and wage disputes can stall construction projects and upset clients. Our attorneys have experience dealing with unions and wage and hour disputes on behalf of our clients.
When your construction job requires dealing with subcontractors, their business practices could be a headache for your construction company. We help to ensure that subcontracting agreements are strong enough to protect your interests. We can also help defend you against claims by subcontractors and other non-employees.
Contact a Maryland Business Lawyer Today
We understand the unique problems that contractors in the construction industry face, and we will work with you every step of the way. Our firm handles all areas of the construction industry, including arbitration and mediation; trial court litigation; and appeals before state courts, federal courts, administrative agencies, and The Maryland Home Improvement Commission.
No matter the size of your firm, there are legal issues you may need help with. Even a small firm with only a few employees may have wage and hour disputes. Especially because of the involvement of unions in the construction industry, our construction clients often need legal help with employment issues.
We invite you to schedule a confidential, complimentary consultation with our experienced construction business lawyers. Contact The Law Practice of Ken C. Gauvey today at 443-692-7685.
Columbia, MD 21046