Guest Post: Why Mediate? Because You Run a Business

Christopher Hill (no relation to yours truly) is a longtime construction law attorney and mediator practicing out of Richmond, Virginia. His blog, Construction Law Musings, has always been one of my must-read sources of news and insight pertaining to construction law ever since he started it in late 2008. Be sure to follow @constructionlaw on Twitter for the latest updates from a true thought leader in the art and science of resolving construction disputes. Without further ado, I am proud to present Mr. Hill’s guest post on a topic that I couldn’t agree with more — the business case for why the mediation process is so critical to the A/E/C industry.

First of all, thanks to Brian for his invitation to discuss a passion of mine, mediation, at his great AEC Forensics blog.  I read it regularly and so should you. Continue reading “Guest Post: Why Mediate? Because You Run a Business”

The Value of Human Capital in the increasingly technology-dependent legal industry

The more things change, in some way, the more things seem to stay the same. One of the constants in my ongoing education as a marketer in the legal industry is the sage advice of Ed Poll’s LawBizBlog.

A recent post of Ed’s tackles the perennial subject of technology’s impact on labor markets. Specifically, as a legal professional, he focuses on the impact of technology on the legal profession combined with the economic climate of the most recent recession. Continue reading “The Value of Human Capital in the increasingly technology-dependent legal industry”

Construction Law in North Carolina: Importance of Corporate Formalities When Executing Construction Contracts

Melissa Brumback, a construction attorney at Ragsdale Liggett PLLC in North Carolina, recounts a recent ruling in that state regarding a home construction project gone bad. In this case, the partnership that performed the work was licensed, however the… Continue reading Construction Law in North Carolina: Importance of Corporate Formalities When Executing Construction Contracts

On Construction Defect Lawsuits and Homeowner Associations – Good Legal Advice or Confidence Game?

I have witnessed the scenario spelled out below first hand:

A new community association experiences some leaks. Management tells the board about an attorney who will provide a free seminar on the fiduciary duty of board members in the face of construc… Continue reading On Construction Defect Lawsuits and Homeowner Associations – Good Legal Advice or Confidence Game?

Editorial: State of the Industry, Part 3 – Green Building and Construction Defect Litigation

Parts 1 and 2 of this series on the state of the industry (see links above) were admittedly a little depressing. Truth be told, the construction defect litigation industry seems kind of depressing. I’ve watched as numerous colleagues and counterparts have been laid off and a few firms have scaled back dramatically or shut down altogether. But there is a bright spot I see on the horizon: Green Building. Continue reading Editorial: State of the Industry, Part 3 – Green Building and Construction Defect Litigation