Melissa Dewey Brumback – Ragsdale Liggett PLLC

Lessons from a Diner: Up Front Costs can Save You Money in your Engineering Practice (law note)

I happen to frequent a place in my hometown called Elmo’s Diner.  A lot.  As in, many of the servers know me by name.  The food is good, yes.  The selection is great.  But there is a much more important reason that I go there…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Insurance

3 Unusual Signs that You Will *NOT* be Sued (tip)

So often, lawyers are the bearers of bad news.  What will get you sued.  Signs a lawsuit is coming.  What you can’t say (even though you’d really like to say it!).  What “wouldn’t be prudent”.  (h/t SNL)…more
| Construction Law

Give Way or Yield? The jurisdiction of your contract does matter! (Law note)

Have you ever been to England? If so, you’ve likely seen their version of our “Yield” sign– the “Give Way” sign. It is a bit jarring to those from this side of the “big pond”…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

Learn from SONY: Don’t use trash talk in your construction project emails!

Lessons in construction administration come from everywhere — including the SONY scandal. In case you are a bear hibernating in a cave (in which case, go back to sleep!), you’ve heard about the SONY hacking that was…more
| Construction Law

Turning Manure into megawatts (Swine Farm Biogas Renewable Energy Project)

As I noted in my last post, Withers & Ravenel’s Swine Farm Biogas Renewable Energy Project, located in Bladensboro, North Carolina, is one of this year’s ACEC Excellence in Engineering Award winners…more
| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Taxation

Of Bridges, Biofuels, and Buildings (Engineering Excellence Awards)

As I noted earlier this week, the ACEC of North Carolina’s Engineering Excellence Awards gala was held last month. 13 amazing projects were awarded recognition, including projects involving environmental and coastal issues,…more
| Construction Law

Bats, Water, Soil, and Bridges- an Engineer’s dream

Want to know how bats may effect your engineering plans? Want to hear about cool new bridges? Read on. Over the past month, I’ve had the pleasure of attending two events hosted by the North Carolina Chapter of the ACEC…more
| Construction Law, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

Wake County Justice Center- a LEED Silver Project done right!

Yesterday evening, I had the privilege of attending the Triangle USGBC’s “Talk & Walk” at the Wake County Justice Center. The 576,996 square foot Justice Center was completed 6 months early and over 30 million under budget. …more
| Construction Law

Is Your Design Professional Construction Contract Too Friendly? (Law Note)

My husband often travels the back roads between Chapel Hill and Fuquay Varina to visit friends. En route (a circuitous route that goes past Sharon Harris Nuclear Power Plant, among other places), he passes by the “Friendly…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

RDU Terminal 1: Going Green

Last week, I had the fortune to join the Triangle USGBC for its “Talk & Walk” about the RDU Terminal 1 renovation project and its sustainable features. For those who haven’t had the chance, I recommend you check out the new…more
| Construction Law, Environmental Law

Poor Record Keeping = Going to the Poor House (or, why project documentation matters)

You are an engineer or architect. You understand the importance of thorough designs. What about thorough documentation of the daily happenings on the construction project? That is equally important…more
| Construction Law

We have beer! (Marketing Tip)

I saw this sign outside the Jacksonville, North Carolina regional airport. For those of you who don’t know, Jacksonville is home to Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corp base. Many of the passengers are coming from or going to the base…more
| Construction Law

That’s Not The Way We’ve Always Done It! (Why You Should Update Your Office Practices)

Anyone recognize the photo to the left? If you are of the Millennial generation, this is a quaint thing called a public pay phone. They used to be everywhere. Imagine, not having a cell phone to keep you in constant contact…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

Why Everything You Learned from Law & Order won't help you win your Professional Malpractice case! (and, the step by step guide to a construction lawsuit)

Architects & Engineers often get sued for alleged "errors & omissions" in construction lawsuits. This short guide will walk you through the steps of the lawsuit, from the first sign of a future lawsuit, through the papers…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Insurance, Professional Malpractice

New Green Standards; Same Green Warnings for Architects & Engineers (law note)

The newest version of the LEED ratings system, LEED v4, has officially been released. For a comparison of the major changes between LEED 2009 and LEEDv4, check out this downloadable form from the USGBC…more
| Construction Law
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