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Construction Law is at the foundation of our practice. Ventura Hersey represents owners, developers, general contractors, specialty and trade subcontractors, and material suppliers throughout California in all types of construction and development matters.

Our clients develop and build both public and private works of improvement, ranging from small-dollar residential work to multi-hundred-million-dollar technology campus projects.  Our attorneys are intimately familiar with both the Home Improvement Act and industry-standard commercial agreements, including the AIA, AGC, ConsensusDocs, and DBIA form contracts.  Before the project begins, we advise clients about risk management and avoidance issues.  We draft, review, and negotiate complex, project-specific agreements, including prime and subcontracts, general conditions, construction lender agreements, design-build and design consultant contracts, access and indemnity agreements, and material purchase orders.  

Resolving construction claims requires knowledgeable counsel.  The attorneys at Ventura Hersey have decades of combined experience handling complex payment and schedule disputes, including breach of contract actions, construction defect claims, bid protests, change orders, mechanic’s lien actions, stop payment notices, surety bond claims, acceleration, disruption, abandonment, and termination cases.

Construction projects almost always start in the spirit of cooperation. Partnering and project neutral agreements may help avoid disputes from becoming full-blown construction claims. Despite best intentions, however, when negotiations fail more formal dispute resolution processes become necessary.  If and when that happens, we aggressively represent clients to obtain favorable business and legal results in mediation, arbitration (AAA and JAMS), in front of the Contractor State License Board, and before judges and juries in both state and federal court. Please contact us to discuss how we can help you.