Columbus Construction Attorneys and Construction Litigation Lawyers

Construction businesses must operate within a complex set of laws and regulations when operating in the state of Ohio. From the City of Columbus Department of Building and Zoning Services to helping general contractors and subcontractors with template contracts, our construction lawyers work with companies to help minimize exposure to unforeseen debt and liabilities and to assist with the procedural aspects of construction projects. Our construction attorneys assist engineers, architects, builders, real estate developers, and construction firms with a range of construction issues.

Mechanics’ Liens

All construction businesses must also be aware of mechanics’ liens and how they work. Mechanics’ liens are governed by a complex set of statutes that are often overlooked and misunderstood. Depending on the nature of the job, certain actions must be taken both before and after completion of a project to preserve your company’s right to a mechanics’ lien. The mechanics’ lien must be properly filed with the applicable county recorder and served upon the landowner in accordance with the statute.

In some instances, your company may need to fight a mechanics’ lien. Often, subcontractors will file a mechanics’ lien in an attempt to extract payment from a landowner that it is not otherwise owed, thus creating a dispute between the general contractor and landowner. However, the general contractor is not without a remedy here. The general contractor can force the lienholder’s hand by posting a bond and forcing the lienholder to commence suit. Again, proper procedure must be followed in all instances.

Our Columbus construction lawyers advise construction-related companies, both large and small, on a variety of construction law related issues, including:

  • Negligent construction
  • Subcontracting agreements
  • Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and JAMS
  • Labor and employment issues
  • Rezoning applications
  • Council variance applications
  • Preparing template construction contracts and master services agreements
  • Construction delays
  • Liquidated damages
  • Negotiating payment terms
  • Employee and subcontractor classification
  • Workmanship, warranties, and contractor representations
  • Limitations of liability
  • Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and confidentiality issues
  • Recording of transfer instruments
  • Mechanics’ liens, notices of commencement, and lien waivers

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