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 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”
The Consumerist’s Chris Morran has a post up about why they believe consumers should always opt out of what they call “forced arbitration” clauses. Here is one of the reasons they give: Companies want you to arbitrate because the system has been shown to be heavily unbalanced in favor of businesses — who have the … Continue reading Is Binding Arbitration always bad?
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
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?
Nicole Black is a noted attorney and blogger. Writing for the Daily Record, she gives some great perspective on what is required to create an effective legal blog. (Hint, a J.D. and a domain name are not enough…)
I?m frequently asked to explain wh… Continue reading Legal Blogging Requires Passion
In response to an article discussing the diminishing role of architects in the construction process, Virginia-based attorney Christopher Hill points out that a “a contract is like a building: it will always cost more to fix than to get it right the fir… Continue reading Christopher Hil: In Construction, Lawyers Are A Key Component For Risk Management
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
I?ve been drawing waterproofing details all week, and it might be affecting me. So, I?ll let you in on a secret. There are certain things that Architects may say or do that are clear warning signs of future water infiltration problems. I think the … Continue reading Coffee with an Architect: Euphemisms for leaks