Gray•Duffy, LLP provides a wide range of professional services for our construction-related clients. Over the years we have represented developers, general contractors, design professionals, product manufacturers, and subcontractors in the construction of a variety of projects from large commercial buildings to single family residences. We assist our clients through all stages of their projects, including:
- Formation of business entities and other transactional services
- Creation of development agreements
- Development of all contract documents necessary for the construction process
Our attorneys work closely with our clients to fully understand their business goals and objectives, offering sound advice and creative solutions.
A major cornerstone of our practice is the handling of construction claims and construction defect matters. We also assist clients in claims involving delay of construction (including critical path issues), contract disputes, mechanic’s liens and other failure to pay issues.
Additionally, our attorneys have extensive experience in handling construction defect claims, including the defense of substantial mold claims, soil subsidence and landslide related claims, as well as “novel” theories of law such as sulfate attack on cement-type products. Gray•Duffy, LLP has a particular expertise in the alternative handling of such defect claims including arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. The firm prides itself on the implementation of a defense strategy which involves an early thorough analysis of liability and communication with the client to provide resolution of claims in the most cost effective and efficient manner.
Please contact Gray•Duffy, LLP for additional information regarding construction law and related claims. You will be directed to one of our attorneys who practice in this area. References are available.
Overview of Common Issues in Construction Defect Claims – Spring 2018 Edition
Summary: This source book serves as a quick reference to particular issues which may arise when analyzing claims within the dynamic field of construction defect litigation. While its focus is primarily on California decisional and statutory law, many of the cases comment on out-of-state authorities dealing with the topics under consideration.
- “The Economic Loss Rule: Protection and Pitfalls to the Contractor”, Published: Construction Today Blog
- Summary: The Economic Loss Rule is one of the most difficulty to apply and comprehend, but the most important for construction contractors to protect themselves from liability. This article provides an overview of the California Economic Loss Rule, a recent case study applying the Rule, exceptions to the Rule, such as a “special relationship”, and determining when contractual duties and other legal duties are owed and to whom they are owed.
- “Revisiting California’s Construction Defect ‘Right to Repair’ Act”, Published: Construction Contracts Law Report
- Summary: The “Right to Repair” Act, effective in 2003, established a mandatory process prior to the filing of certain types of construction defect claims. This article provides an overview of the key elements of the Act and published decisions that have affected it.
- “Disgorgement and Other Dilemmas of a Suspended License”, Published: Construction Contracts Law Report
- Summary: General contractors oftentimes fall subject to administrative technicalities, such as not renewing their license or allowing their surety bonds or workers’ compensation insurance to lapse, resulting in a suspended license. This article explores a range of issues related to suspended or expired licenses, including the penalties of working as an unlicensed contractor and how to avoid the most common administrative pitfalls.
Representative Case Results
- Gray•Duffy Negotiates Settlement for 13% of Amount Claimed in Multi-Party Construction Defect Lawsuit
- Gray•Duffy Obtains Dismissal of Electrical Subcontractor in Construction Defect Lawsuit
- Gray•Duffy Successfully Defeats Contractor’s Claim on Mechanic’s Lien and Recovers $175,000 for Client
- Gray•Duffy Obtains Dismissal of Client in Construction Defect Lawsuit and Avoids Litigation
“My relationship with the firm is far more than just an attorney-client relationship. Gray•Duffy acts as a business consultant on many levels in addition to my legal matters.”
-Dana Kemp, President of Masonry Concepts