CONSTRUCTION BACKGROUND
CONSTRUCTION BACKGROUND
Those with a dispute arising in the area of the construction of buildings or of any kind of structure, would like to know something more of my background in that area, and it follows.

For probably fifteen years of my practice in Austin, I had three excellent and steady construction clients:


A general contractor. A local firm, not national or as big as let us say Dunn Construction, but it did build a hospital in Gonzales, Texas. That is big. And I was involved there on a legal matter of not great size which was settled. But I had other matters for this client as well, and some that went to trial, and always successfully.

A HVAC contractor. I remember it as the biggest, again, for a local contractor. Many issues here, usually of a contracting nature. Perhaps one or two trials.

A home builder. A favorite client for me because this man started as a carpenter just driving nails. He ended up with, as I recall, four or more home developments. If I was not his main lawyer, I would be surprised. I represented his company in a jury trial, and prevailed.

A school district.
Just a single matter but it was major: Their new high school under construction was coming apart (walking around the lot as someone put it). That matter went to trial, and involved all “the usual suspects”: Owner, general contractor, engineer, architect, testing lab, a subcontractor or two. Settled during trial, and a big success the district thought, as did I.

Construction law is a real specialty, like medical malpractice is. I have always sought out experts, usually structural engineers, to advise me. (I had one in particular.) And I always felt in a commanding position because of these advisors even though some of my adversaries were excellent lawyers in their own right; thing is, they thought this was just another kind of case. Often, there are more angles than they at first thought.

And I have read (sometimes re-read) three books in the area of construction, meant for the general public, just to have a fix on what is being talked about. My recommended reading for lawyers in this area:


Salvadori, Mario Why Buildings Stand Up 1980
Salvadori, Mario The Art of Construction 1990
Gordon, J.E. Structures, Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down 1978