The Construction practice group represents a depth of litigation, trial and appellate experience, as well as ADR experience. We are committed to using the most appropriate means to provide cost-effective resolution of our clients' conflicts.
We defend developers, owners, general contractors, and subcontractors in claims and lawsuits involving single- and multi-family residential properties and commercial properties. We have handled a wide range of claims, including Construction Defect, Breach of Contract, Mechanics' Liens, Stop Notices, Delay Claims, Contractual Indemnity, accidents, and others.
Liability Issues: New Patterns in Lawsuits Against Appraisers
This seminar was presented by Steve Dollar to the Appraisal Institute in Pleasanton, CA, in September, 2011. The seminar includes a review of the current status of litigation against appraisers, including the substantial increase in suits filed by the FDIC arising from real estate loans issued by IndyMac, WaMu and Downey Savings. The seminar also includes:
Trial Preparation: Will Extrapolation Work?
This seminar was presented to the Western Construction Consultants Association in January, 2011. The panel included Geoff Wood, an attorney in the firm's Oakland office, as well as a data management expert, a trial exhibit expert, and another defense attorney. The panel discussed how an expert can be prepared to present extrapolation evidence, and the legal basis for extrapolation evidence (Evidence Code §§ 801-804). The panel also addressed how to store and access such data, and how such documents, diagrams and demonstrative evidence are prepared for use in the courtroom.
Expedited Jury Trials: The Why, When and How of the New California LawEffective January 1, 2011, California has enacted statutes for Expedited Jury Trials (EJT). Sharon Hightower, assistant managing partner of Ericksen Arbuthnot's San Jose office, has prepared a seminar to explain this new statute to attorneys, clients and insurance carriers. She will explain what types of cases are best suited for EJT and how cases are selected for this alternative trial option. Her presentation includes the following topics:
For more information about EJT, see
"California Offers a New Trial Option."
OCIP (Owner Controlled Insurance Programs) Seminar
This seminar provides information about policies for insurers, their insured clients and defense counsel. The presentation focuses on the critical points of defending construction defect actions arising out of work on projects subject to OCIP or "wrap" policies with burning limits, and the potential traps and strategies for defending these claims.
Stearman Costs Seminar
Our seminar on Stearman v. Centex Homes [(2000) 78 Cal.App.4th 611] surveys: (a) the types of costs that plaintiffs who succeed at trial may potentially recover from defendants as part of the damages award; (b) the impact of Stearman damages on the calculus of whether to settle or try the case; (c) potential settlement offers in light of claimed Stearman damages; and (d) the types of documents that must be obtained from plaintiffs in order to evaluate which investigative costs may be subject to recovery under Stearman.