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Recognized Authorities On Construction/Design Defects And Mechanic’s Liens

Securing payment for work performed or materials supplied is the obvious goal of every contractor. If payment is not made by the owner or owner’s lender when due, the contractor may seek legal relief.

The general contractor or subcontractor may sue the owner or place a lien against the land and foreclose the lien, or in the case of public buildings and improvements, seek recovery against the required statutory bond. Conversely, the owner may have claims against the contractor or subcontractor for substandard workmanship or incomplete work.

Additionally, contractors may need legal assistance to help resolve issues with their license, which involves the Arizona Registrar of Contractors.

Our Attorneys Are Well-Versed In Construction Law

Francis (Buzz) Slavin co-authored the textbook on Arizona construction law – Arizona Construction Law & Mechanics Liens (1980-2005) – and lectured in seminars on construction law for over 25 years. Our firm is eminently qualified to enforce our clients’ rights, whether leveraging construction liens to extract payment or holding builders accountable for defects or nonperformance. We have extensive experience in breach of contract litigation.

In construction defect law, there are two different types of defects: design defects and construction defects. A design defect is an inherent failure of the design of a structure. A construction defect is a failure to adhere to the approved design of the structure or community standards of good workmanship, or use of substandard materials or improper methods of construction. The classification of the defect usually determines which party or parties are at fault for the defect. It is not uncommon in construction defect litigation for claims to be made against design professionals as well as contractors and material suppliers.

Our firm has extensive experience in the negotiation and drafting of construction agreements, including modification of standard AIA and AGC contract forms and general conditions. Our firm’s experience in this area includes the preparation of a $125 million design-build construction contract for a major government contractor manufacturing facility.

Experience Matters In Construction Disputes

Francis J. Slavin, P.C., has represented builders and property owners in construction litigation for over 35 years. We get quickly to the heart of the dispute to find a resolution or strongly assert your rights. Call our Phoenix law office at 602-381-8700 to schedule a consultation or contact us by email.