Construction Law in Gainesville, FL

Has your company been experiencing problems getting your construction project finalized? Have you gotten locked in a dispute with your clients or contractors concerning the state of the finished product? If so, it's time to engage the services of qualified construction lawyers to extricate you from the mess by proposing a workable compromise to the problem. The sooner you solve the issue, the sooner you can get back to business.

Why Choose A Gainesville Attorney To Handle Your Case?

Time is money, and there's always another project to look forward to, so the sooner you get the issue resolved, the better. A qualified construction attorney can help you arbitrate the problem so that you can move swiftly on to new pastures. When it comes to getting your case resolved in the manner that you desire and deserve, you need to know that you have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney in your corner who can get the job done.

To do this, you'll need to hire a Gainesville construction law firm that fully understands how your business operates. Why choose a law firm that imperfect knowledge of such issues as architectural law, payment disputes, and workplace stoppage arbitration? It's better to hire a team of lawyers that intimately understands your business and knows what to do to get your disputes resolved. At Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., our attorneys are highly experienced in construction law and have represented large construction companies to employees with small contracting agencies.

Construction Law Areas of Practice

A Gainesville attorney can help you with a wide range of construction related issues, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Trial arbitration
  • Out-of-court settlement
  • Payment disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Delay claims
  • Construction defect disputes
  • Estate claims
  • Bond claims and surety law
  • Environmental law issues
  • HOA and Condominium law
  • Architectural negligence

When You Need A Quick Resolution, Contact Us

Our firm of friendly, knowledgeable, and fully qualified construction lawyers will do everything in their power to ensure that you get a full and satisfactory resolution to your issue. We'll work hard to avoid going to court in order to settle your issue. But if we cannot settle out of court, we'll give you the best possible legal representation in order to win your case. Feel free to contact us today to learn what a Gainesville construction law firm can do for you.

Common Types of Construction Issues

Construction issues can arise during any point of the project, in any area. Most fall under one of four categories: design, material, construction, or subsurface. A construction issue or defect can cause great damage along with costing an enormous monetary amount to rectify.

Design Flaws

A design issue can arise when an architect and/or engineer works outside of the predetermined specifications or codes for the project. A typical design issue is a roof that leaks, has poor drainage, or inadequate structural support for the rest of the building.

Defective Materials

When a construction project uses second-rate materials, significant problems may be immediately apparent or appear over time. Materials such as building paper, flashing, particle board, and drywall that are exposed to moisture can swell or otherwise deteriorate, creating structural issues as time goes on. Other common material issues include rough window framing and improper window flashing.

Construction Delays

A construction issue can result in multiple issues across the entire project. A typical construction issue occurs when water enters some part of the building, creating an environment for mold and mildew growth along with water damage. Electrical and mechanical defects, plumbing leaks and issues, foundation and/or wall cracks are other common examples of construction issues.

Subsurface Issues

Unless the subsurface to the project is compacted and prepped for drainage, improper settling, structural moving and/or shifting, and flooding are common subsurface issues in construction projects.

Types of Construction Projects A Construction Lawyer Can Help With

Construction lawyers can help with any type of project, public or private. Public construction projects often have federal, state, and local compliance and regulations to meet. Every construction project begins with a complex contract agreement which can lead to disagreements due to a lack of understanding and clarity in the contract language.

What Kind Of Clients Does A Gainesville Construction Law Firm Represent?

Construction lawyers represent all manner of clients from this industry, including contractors, subcontractors, designers, and property owners, as well as lenders, engineers and more. No matter which side of the issue you find yourself on, you can count on first class legal representation from our firm. Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. focuses on advocating for our clients’ best interest in every case. As the number of construction projects in Gainesville and throughout North Central Florida increases, you can count on professional legal guidance from our law firm for every construction related issue. Schedule an initial consultation today in order to inform us of exactly what the issues are that you are facing, and we will take it from there.

We Represent & Defend Against Claims

When you need a qualified Gainesville attorney to press your claim in court, we are available to represent you. And if you need a qualified construction attorney to represent your defense against a claim lodged by another party, we can handle that as well. Our firm represents and defends against claims with equal authority and success.

When you need a construction attorney in Gainesville, you can count on Warner, Sechrest & Butts. Our construction law experts are board certified, and attorney Michael D. Sechrest holds board certification in two areas of law, a distinguishable achievement that a mere 1 percent of Florida lawyers can boast.

What It Means To Be A Board-Certified Construction Attorney

To work with a board-certified construction attorney means you’re working with an attorney who not only understands the nuances of construction law, but undergoes continual legal education on the subject. These attorneys deal with issues relating to design and construction of improvements for both public and private projects. Some of these issues include contract negotiation, oversight and document review, lending and insurance, construction licensing, and construction dispute resolution.

The application process has minimum standards which must be met, including:

  • Have been practicing law for at least five years;
  • Have substantial involvement in construction law, at least 40 percent or more, during the three years prior to application;
  • Completed 45 hours of approved construction law certification continuing legal education during the three years prior to application;
  • Peer review; and
  • Passing a written examination.

Several of the attorneys with Sechrest, Warner & Butts, P.A. are board-certified in construction law through the Florida Bar. The certification coupled with their years of experience allows them to prepare for negotiations, settlements, mediation, and if necessary, a trial.