Bringing and Defending Claims for Construction Contractors
A judge once said, “except in the middle of a battlefield, nowhere must men coordinate the movement of other men and materials in the midst of such chaos and with such limited certainty of present facts and future occurrences as in a huge construction project.” At the forefront of concern of contractors and construction professionals is payment for their labor and materials. Also, amidst such chaos and uncertainty, contractors and construction professionals must perform work and services skillfully, carefully, diligently, and in a workmanlike manner. Construction defects and delays can cause damages to the owner of property and to other contractors on the worksite.
Disputes over non-payment or alleged construction defects or delays combine broad principals of law (e.g., contract law) with state laws designed specifically to address disputes and provide remedies, such as Mechanic’s and Materialmen’s Lien Statutes and Georgia’s Right to Repair Act. Contracts will generally control the rights and duties of the parties. When performance bonds or payment bonds are held on a project, the contracts and bond policies of the surety will also affect the rights and duties of the parties.
The attorneys at Alford & Burkhart assist clients in resolving disputes related construction contracts and subcontracts. We assist clients with understanding their rights and duties under relevant contracts, and seek remedies to disputes where available. Often we engage in meaningful negotiations on our clients’ behalves to resolve construction cases, but will enforce our clients’ rights through liens and lawsuits.
Who We Serve
The term “contractor” means any person engaged in the business of constructing, altering, repairing, dismantling, or demolishing buildings, roads, bridges, viaducts, sewers, water and gas mains, streets, disposal plants, water filters, tanks and towers, airports, dams, water wells, pipelines, and every other type of structure, project, development, or improvement coming within the definition of real property or personal property including, but not limited to, constructing, altering, or repairing of property to be held either for sale or rental, and all subcontractors so engaged.