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Clearwater Construction Lawyer

The Trent Cotney, P.A. Construction Law Group is committed to protecting the legal rights of professionals in the construction industry. Our team of highly qualified Clearwater construction lawyers routinely represent contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, suppliers, manufacturers, developers, associations, commercial owners and others in the construction industry for legal matters pertaining to OSHA violations, construction liens, contract review and drafting, bid protests, license defense, construction litigation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

 

OSHA Violation Defense

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an agency of the Department of Labor that regulates and assures the safety and health conditions of work environments for employees. OSHA has put in place strict guidelines and standards for contractors and businesses involved with the construction industry. Violators of these standards may be penalized with fines and can possibly face costly litigation with injured employees or their family members.

At Trent Cotney, P.A., our Clearwater construction attorneys provide experienced legal representation for construction professionals who are facing OSHA violations including serious, repeat, and willful violations, and citations based on fatalities.

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Lien Law

Florida construction lien laws provide a level of financial protection for construction professionals who supply work or material for the improvement of real property. According to Florida law, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, manufacturers, and other qualified construction professionals who have provided labor or materials and have not been fully compensated for their services have the right to enforce a claim for payment against the property for which the services were provided.

Construction lien laws can be very complex and difficult to navigate. As such, we highly recommend retaining the services of an experienced Cleawater construction attorney when dealing with constructions liens.

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

It is not uncommon for disputes between contracting parties to arise during a construction project. These disputes can lead to lengthy and expensive litigation, which often requires the guidance and expertise of a knowledgeable Clearwater construction lawyer to achieve a successful outcome. For this reason, many construction contracts are constructed to include provisions requiring disputing parties to seek alternative dispute resolution in the event that a dispute emerges. Alternative dispute resolution provides disputing parties with the means to settle on a mutually beneficial solution without the time and cost needed to withstand litigation. If you find yourself involved in a construction dispute, it is highly recommended to seek the help of a construction lawyer in Clearwater to understand what options are available to you.

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Contract Review and Drafting

A contract is a legally binding agreement between two or more parties. Contracts can be formal, informal, written, verbal, or a mutual understanding, and may vary in size and complexity. As a construction professional, contracts are the heart and soul of your daily operations. Without properly constructed contracts, you put yourself and your company at increased risk for legal liability. Our experienced construction attorneys in Clearwater can provide professional reviewing and drafting of legal documents to better protect your legal rights and minimize the risk associated with having poorly constructed legal documents.

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Bid Protest

When bidding on county, municiple, state, or federal projects, being awarded the bid is the prime objective for contractors and other construction professionals in the industry. Interested parties who are not awarded the contract and believe their bid was improperly evaluated or question the validity of the awarded contract, have the option to challenge the awarded. Navigating the bid process can be a difficult procedure.

An experienced and knowledgeable Clearwater construction attorney from Trent Cotney, P.A. can assist with challenging bids for awarded contracts or can help defend a protest if you have been awarded a contract that is being protested. We have performed numerous bid protests throughout the State of Florida through the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and local ordinances, and are intimately familiar with the bid protest process.

 

License Defense

Our team of seasoned construction attorneys in Clearwater help defend contractors in licensing disputes both locally and state-wide regarding claims of misallocation of funds, license renting, improper licensure, project abandonment, fraud, failure to inform the DBPR of a criminal past, failure to obtain a permit, and more. Complaints filed against the professional license of a construction business, contractor, architect, or engineer can result in hefty fines, restricted service offerings, or a suspension and even revocation of the license, depending on the severity of the complaint.

A suspension or revocation of licensure can can have a significant impact on the daily operations of your business. We highly recommend seeking the legal advice of a Clearwater construction lawyer if you find yourself facing allegations or complaints filed against your license.

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Do I Need a Clearwater Construction Lawyer?

When working in the construction industry, it is highly recommended to seek the guidance and skill set of an experienced Clearwater construction law firm. There are many hazards, limitations, and restrictions that as a construction professional, you should be aware of. The Clearwater construction lawyers at Trent Cotney, P.A. Construction Law Group possess a combined experience of over 15 years in protecting the legal interests of the construction industry. We have successfully represented various contractors and construction businesses throughout the State of Florida.

To speak with an experienced Clearwater construction lawyer, please contact our office at 813.579.3278 or submit our contact request form.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

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