The Berding|Weil Construction Law Group counsels boards of directors, investors, property managers, and building owners on building re-construction and repair contracts, choosing contractors, obtaining construction loans, and represents them in any litigation that arises from construction disputes and the defective design or construction of their projects. We prepare contracts for our clients to use when hiring contractors, construction managers, and design professionals. We oversee the preparation of bid packages. We use our nearly 40 years of experience in representing clients who own failed construction projects to help them select the right professionals for their jobs. We resolve disputes between contractors, sub-contractors, and construction managers. We audit payment requests where necessary and assist in resolving payment disputes. We defend our clients against construction claims, liens, and stop notices. Our attorneys bring claims against contractors and design professionals when necessary and litigate or arbitrate them to conclusion.
Our firm focuses on building and construction defect litigation with one of the largest and most experienced construction litigation departments in California. A fundamental knowledge of proper building practices provides a solid base for our construction defect law group. We help resolve construction defect disputes with developers, contractors, architects and engineers before, during and after construction.
Our construction defect lawyers and analyst/investigators efficiently prepare construction cases for resolution. They review all of the appropriate legal theories and apply those that will bring the best result. Our litigation teams are equipped to practice in all facets of complex construction litigation, defective construction, contract disputes, delay claims, building products liability and negligence claims, as well as insurance coverage issues.
Our cases include actions for construction defects resulting from negligent building or design practices relating to: soils and foundations; structures; weatherproofing, including roofs, siding, flashing and windows: defective mechanical or electrical systems; plumbing failures; building code violations; defective materials; and negligent inspection. We also are experienced in analyzing community association budgets and seller disclosures, and in bringing claims against developers of new housing and converters of apartment buildings, for deficiencies in operating and reserve budgets.
We have focused on claims involving damage to property due to earth movement, faulty drainage and improper grading for nearly 40 years. We represent community associations and individual owners of properties impacted by landslides, mudslides, failed compaction, flooding and building subsidence due to improper foundations or soil preparation. Our earth movement claim experience has involved ocean front properties damaged by erosion; bayshore projects impacted by flooding; building settlement claims from improper construction on bay mud; and hillside properties damaged by improper grading or faulty drainage. Damages include out of level buildings; cracked foundations and walls; failed retaining walls; and loss of streets and walkways.
Berding|Weil has represented hundreds of clients in construction defect claims involving defective building materials. A few of the products include Masonite and other brands of hardboard siding; roofing materials including two-ply systems and concrete roof tiles; and other products which have been found to be defective and create construction deficiencies in all types of buildings.
While we are adept at negotiating disputes to satisfactory conclusions either directly or through experienced mediators, we also are prepared to try cases as necessary in both Federal and State courts. We also represent clients before administrative agencies and arbitration panels. Among our 20 construction litigation attorneys are some of the most experienced trial lawyers in California. The firm brings nearly four decades of experience in resolving construction disputes, whether in negotiation, litigation or arbitration. Cases do often settle without trial, but your opponent knows if you have the depth and experience to take a case all the way when necessary, and the best settlements are based on the realization that we can be formidable trial opponents. We are proud to say that we are among the few firms in California which have taken complex construction cases all the way to jury verdict.