California passes balcony inspection law

Ever since the horrible tragedy involving the fatal collapse of a balcony at an apartment complex in Berkeley, CA in 2015, my team and I have been following news related to the aftermath. On September 17, 2018, Jerry Brown signed California Senate Bill 721 into law, thereby mandating the inspection of hundreds of thousands of … Continue reading California passes balcony inspection law

WCCCDS 2018: Effective Use of Expert Witnesses

Each May, over 1,000 of the world's leading attorneys, insurance professionals and experts in the world of construction defect litigation descend upon the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California to discuss the latest trends, laws and precedent-setting cases affecting litigation. This year, once again, I was able to capture some observations furiously typed over the course … Continue reading WCCCDS 2018: Effective Use of Expert Witnesses

Hard to Handle: Today’s increasingly complicated construction claims

Over the past 20+ years, most of my client-facing work has been associated with some facet of resolving conflicts in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. This has given me a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of cases that have shaped risk management trends in the built environment. At the Xpera blog, I … Continue reading Hard to Handle: Today’s increasingly complicated construction claims

CA Balcony Inspection legislation moving forward despite pushback

I posted an update over at the Xpera blog on the proposed legislation that would require inspection of balconies and other elevated exterior elements: California Senate Bill 721, which would mandate the inspection of elevated exterior elements (EEEs) for all multi-family projects with at least three units, is moving forward. The bill was introduced in … Continue reading CA Balcony Inspection legislation moving forward despite pushback

Legal Update: New Construction Laws for 2018

Every year, California ups the ante for the shear volume of legislation passed. New laws going into effect in 2018 number in the hundreds. Over at the Xpera blog, I put together a brief article highlighting a dozen of the more interesting laws that impact the built environment in the Golden State. Here are some … Continue reading Legal Update: New Construction Laws for 2018