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Construction Claims
Speaker: William L. Porter, Esq.
June 14, Aug. 16, Oct. 18
SRBX, Sacramento

Understanding and Negotiating Your Construction Contract
Speakers: William L. Porter, Esq. and Conor H. McElroy, Esq.
July 14, Sept. 13, Nov. 15
SRBX, Sacramento

Cost: $25 SRBX members,
$45 non-members
To register, contact Erin Lynch at 916-442-8991 ext. 105 or
See all seminars

Success on $28 Million Madera County Jail Expansion Bid Protest Defense

On behalf of Broward Builders, Inc., Porter Law Group successfully defended a bid protest on the $28 million Madera County Jail Expansion Project. Although there were numerous arguments posed to challenge the bid of Broward Builders, success was had on every argument and Broward Builders was awarded the contract.

Porter Law Group Prevails on Motion for Summary Judgment

Representing a manufacturer of architectural wood products, Porter Law Group prevailed on a Motion for Summary Judgment against a nationally known General Contractor on a public works payment bond claim.  The client was awarded a judgment of approximately $300,000.  The case is currently being appealed, but Porter Law Group is confident that the trial court’s ruling will be upheld. Credit for this success goes to Conor H. McElroy at Porter Law Group.

Sacramento Regional Builders PAC On the March

Bill Porter has been appointed President of the Sacramento Regional Builders Political Action Committee, also known as “Region Builders.”   Region Builders was formed to support the local construction industry.  The web site of Region Builders provides details.  A recent article from the Sacramento Bee describing Region Builders can be found here. An audio clip from KFBK Radio on Region Builders can be found here. Mr. Porter looks forward to serving the construction industry by supporting construction friendly candidates, sensible building regulations and reasonable building fees through Region Builders.  Please contact Bill if you are interested in becoming involved.

Quick Work on Stop Notice/Bond Claim Dispute

In a demonstration of the value of using experienced construction attorneys, when a client recently called Porter Law Group with a major construction claim, it was noticed that stop notice and bond claims deadlines were about to expire. The firm quickly arranged for drafting and service of a stop notice and bond claim. After a few short phone conversations between experienced construction attorneys representing both parties, within 24 hours the matter was satisfactorily concluded and the client had a check in hand. This would not have happened without the knowledge and experience found on both sides of the equation. Credit goes to attorneys Bill Porter of Porter Law Group and Ken Schumaker of the Murphy Austin Firm.

Broad Revamp of Construction Claim Laws (SB 189):

As Chair of a statewide legislative committee composed of construction attorneys from across the state, Mr. Porter guided the committee through amendments and revisions to the 240 page Senate Bill which was eventually signed into law and takes effect on July 1, 2012. The new law simplifies and modernizes the rules regarding preliminary notices, mechanics liens, stop notices, bond claims, notices of completion and many other aspects of construction claims law. The law can be accessed here. Also working on these revisions as a member of the committee was Conor McElroy, partner in Porter Law Group.

Change of Mechanics Lien Forms

At the request of the Contractors State License Board, attorneys Bill Porter and John Boze assisted in drafting new laws which changed the rules regarding the recording of mechanics liens and the format of the mechanics lien document itself. These new laws became effective January 1, 2011. A detailed article on the subject can be found here. An interactive link to the new form can be found here.

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