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I realize that many different types of people read this blog: contractors, architects, consultants, homeowners, lawyers ... and the list goes on. Despite our differences in vocation or industry, I think we all have a few things in common: (1) we all will face adversity in our lives; (2)...
In June of this year, one of my partners Greg Young and I will be speaking at the AGC Environmental Conference in Washington, DC. Our panel discussion will focus on the dangerous intersections between construction law and environmental law. One of those crossroads is the applicability...
I just returned from speaking at the AGC National Convention last week and I am trying to get through the pile of work on my desk. I was able to stay connected all the way from Hawaii to my office and family in Nashville with the help of my iPad. I know it is late notice, but if you get...
As a construction lawyer, I do a good deal of public speaking. Next week, I will be speaking at the AGC National Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii on the following topic: From BIM and PDFs to Tweets and eDiscovery: Planning and Managing a Technology-Driven Construction Project. After...
In this day of iPhones, DROIDS, and Blackberries, the construction industry has to deal with new forms of communication. Since we live in world of mobile devices and technology, you have to assume that everyone else is on the same mobile playing field and are working ...
I had an admiralty professor at law school who would often refer to the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States as ... get this ... the Supremes! In honor of Professor Jones, today's post is about the Supremes' decision in PPL Montana, LLC v. Montana (pdf), where the...
You can search a legal database and find thousands of construction disputes. If you are lucky, you find the one case that has similar facts to your dispute and the court reaches the same legal conclusion that you seek. And it's a good story. If you end up in court, either pursuing a...
When it rains and the kids cannot got out to play, our house can get a little chaotic. A few weeks ago, I lost my cool demeanor. Jackson (below) was screaming at the top of his lungs and was chasing three other kids with a light-saber. I yelled: "Time out!...
Last night at an AGC of Middle Tennessee dinner, a contractor asked me, "Are pre-employment physical exams legal?" I gave him my favorite legal response: "It depends!" More and more, employers in the construction industry want to implement pre-hire health exam...
I have my Google reader set to search various blogs, news sites, and Twitter feeds to help me keep current with the latest trends in the construction industry. There remains one major problem: the words we use have different meanings for everyone. Take,...