Scott, Vicknair, Hair & Checki’s construction lawyers have years of experience negotiating construction contracts, serving as general counsel to owners, general contractors, subcontractors, equipment rental companies, material suppliers, and other parties related to the construction industry.
Our construction lawyers have been involved in multi-million-dollar construction litigation trials, arbitration, and mediation, and often are involved in complex, multi-party construction litigation matters. Our experienced construction lawyers are always focused on one goal: achieving results for our clients. Oftentimes, our construction legal experience can be utilized to help our clients avoid litigation from the outset, and ensure our construction clients have plans, procedures, policies, and contracts in place which fully protect their companies when something goes wrong on a construction project.
Developers often have distinct and different considerations than many traditional construction industry parties. Developers typically have to ensure they are in compliance with local and state regulatory requirements, ensure that their income and profitably projections are sound, and most importantly that their projects stay on time and on budget.
Our construction lawyers represent many different sized developers and play a critical role as general and litigation counsel to our developers. Our experience enables our construction team to give sound advice and guidance to our developers, as well as helping ensure all legal contracts, zoning and land use regulations, and other considerations are in order, so our developers can achieve profitability on all their construction developments.
Our construction lawyers are experienced and ready to assist owners and construction companies on ensuring you effectively navigate the Louisiana New Home Warranty Act. Our construction lawyers have significant experience in represented owners in commercial and residential construction claims, as well as defending contractors for claims filed by owners.
General contractors oftentimes face the most complexity and challenges of any party on a construction project. General contractors are not only tasked with understanding and taking the owner’s considerations into play throughout the construction project, and complying with their design professional’s requirements and oversight, but also managing all subcontractors, laborers, and other parties throughout the project.
The general contractor is responsible for the project schedule, critical path completion, and ensuring that all parties are timely and adequately performing their work. This involves managing payments to subcontractors, ensuring payments to vendors and suppliers are made, managing weather delays, mitigating critical path delays that may be owner or contractor related, securing the required bonds for projects under Louisiana law, ensuring compliance with local and state regulations, ensuring insurance requirements on all projects are met by all parties, and most importantly, ensuring the owner, the general contractor, and all other parties on the project appropriately achieve an end result in as profitable and timely of a manner as possible. This is simply a brief overview, as the general contractor’s responsibilities are extensive beyond this brief summarization.
With the responsibility general contractors have on construction projects, potential liabilities are around every corner. Let our experienced construction lawyers walk your company through the construction project, ensuring all rights of the general contractor are protected, potential liabilities are as best mitigated as possible, and allow your company to effectively perform general construction services on construction projects.
Subcontractors, Tradesmen, and Laborers
Our construction lawyers represent many types of construction subcontractors, laborers, and tradesmen. Their fields of specialty vary: mechanical and HVAC, electrical, roofing, painting, foundation, site work, and other specialty trade subcontractors. Our practice is committed to fighting for and protecting subcontractors on construction projects, as often time aggressive general contractors can cause financial strain on subcontractors throughout the construction process.
Let our experienced construction lawyers walk your company through the lien filing requirements for subcontractors under the Louisiana Private and Public Works Act, as well as advising your company on the most cost-effective way for a subcontractor to collect payment and effectively perform services on construction projects.
Equipment Lessors and Rental Companies
Equipment Lessors and Rental Companies play an integral role in all facets of construction projects. The company that owns equipment, such as bulldozers, forklifts, and man lifts, owns the equipment but leases it to certain contractors throughout the construction project.
Payment to these types of claimants are treated differently than other parties to the construction project, and they have a specific type of lien and privilege which they can avail themselves of to secure payment on a construction project. However, the process is distinct from all other parties on the construction project and must be followed, as delineated within the Louisiana Private Works and Public Works Act, for the equipment lessor and rental company to properly preserve its claim on the project.
Knowing the requirements on equipment lessors and rental companies under the Louisiana Public and Private Works act for filing a lien is an instrumental step in securing payment on a project. Having an experienced construction lawyer who can walk the company through all necessary steps to filing a lien and securing payment is paramount. Let our construction lawyers advise your rental company on the proper procedures to have in place in order to protect your legal rights to lien and collect payment for equipment provided throughout Louisiana on construction projects.
Material Suppliers play an integral role in supplying the materials utilized throughout the construction project. As the supplier for materials on the construction project, sometimes they are unfortunately put in the situation where materials are supplied but the contractor fails to release payment to the supplier.
While the Louisiana Public and Private Works Act provides remedies to Material Suppliers for non-payment, the jurisprudence interpreting the statutory privileges provided for Material Suppliers has evolved to require certain notices/invoicing requirements for the Material Supplier to preserve its right to lien a construction project for non-payment.
Knowing the requirements on Material Suppliers under the Louisiana Public and Private Works which preserve the Material Suppliers right to file a lien is an instrumental step in securing payment on a construction project. Having an experienced construction lawyer who can walk the supplier through all necessary steps to filing a lien and securing payment is paramount. Let our construction lawyers advise your supply company on the proper procedures to have in place in order to protect your legal rights to lien and collect payment for supplies provided throughout Louisiana on construction projects.