Helping You Through The Construction Contract Negotiation Process
Protecting your profits. Enhancing your reputation. Building trust and long-lasting relationships with project team members. There’s almost nothing that a solidly constructed, well-drafted construction contract can’t help you accomplish.
“Construction disputes start and end with a contract. What the parties promise or don’t promise each other and how your agreement is affected by other agreements between other parties on the project is critical. Counsel at the time of contract preparation will, nearly always, significantly reduce the risk of costly litigation down the road. For more than 30 years, we have helped guide construction professionals in the successful management of risk-related issues. Protecting your payment remedies begins on day one of every project. We make that happen.” — John R. Lobherr
Experienced Negotiation In A Wide Variety Of Projects
Having represented clients in both public and private projects for more than 30 years, the Law Offices of John R. Lobherr, Inc., has the experience required to help you safely navigate the routine and complex issues associated with contracts for both mid- and large-scale California construction projects, including:
- Public-private partnerships (PPPs)
- Affordable housing projects
- Public infrastructure and construction projects
- Public school projects
- Private retail facilities
- Mass-produced housing tracts
- Custom home projects
- Multiplex parking structures
- Redevelopment agency projects
- Significant tenant improvements
John R. Lobherr is an expert in understanding, explaining and navigating the many pitfalls of the statutory home improvement contract requirements.
Providing Contract Bidding Services
We have extensive experience in all aspects of contract bidding and with bidding on projects of every type. Specific areas of focus include:
- Bid responsiveness and responsibility, as well as prequalification requirements
- Bid protests, competitive bidding disputes and relief from bidding errors
- Bid bond disputes
Experienced At Contract Negotiation, Preparation And Review
We negotiate and draft key construction contract documents of all types, including prime contracts, subcontracts, purchase orders, owner agreements and California build, design and home improvement contracts. In the process, we pay particular attention to identifying and modifying the critical contract clauses that most affect our clients’ interests such as:
- All statutory California home improvement contract requirements
- Scope of work clauses
- Licensing disputes
- Extra work and change order agreements
- Risk-shifting agreements
- Indemnity agreements
- Scheduling agreements
- Right to payment and payment scheduling clauses
- Termination clauses
- Dispute resolution and litigation avoidance clauses
We also provide contract review services relative to the interests of each party to these agreements.
General Indemnity Agreement (GIA) Reviews
As a prerequisite to the issuance of a bond by a surety company, the GIA grants the surety legal authority to collect from the principal in the event of a default on the surety bond. Since this is the case, it is crucial to be aware of your obligations under these agreements before you enter into them.
Our knowledge of the potential issues and problems that can arise due to the language, terms and conditions included in a GIA is extensive, as is our experience in matters related to the federal Miller Act bond for clients involved with federal government building contracts.
Understanding The Construction Contract Litigation Process
Our success and experience handling California construction litigation disputes allow us to offer an uncommon level of practical legal and representation to clients on every side of these conflicts. We are frequently asked to provide strategic consulting services to law firms and attorneys who have construction dispute clients of their own, and we routinely provide mediation and alternative dispute resolution services for these types of matters as well.
To learn more and set up an initial consultation with an experienced contract negotiation lawyer, call 949-751-6389 or contact us online. We serve clients in Orange County, Los Angeles County and throughout the Southern California region.