Melissa Dewey Brumback – Ragsdale Liggett PLLC

Can You Change the Scope of Work? Not in a bidding situation! (reader comment)

Setting the Right Expectations for Owner Clients is a must, as I recently wrote in my post discussing Scope of Work clauses. According to construction consultant Tony Frisby,* scope of work issues are more important than…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Government Contracting

Setting the Right Expectations for your Owner Client– Craft your Scope of Work well (law note)

Regular readers of this blog know that you absolutely should have a written contract, and not rely on “gentlemen’s agreements.” But what is the most important part of your agreement to provide professional services? The…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

Betterment on Construction Projects, part 2 (more cowbell) (law note)

Another question about betterment, and about A/E insurance policies: I am confused on why the A/E even carries error and omission insurance. I must re-read one of the policies. And if betterment protects the designer, why…more
| Construction Law, Insurance

Of backwoods towns, train-wrecks, and feuding neighbors (i.e., an Email warning) (law note)

What is it about train-wrecks that we all slow down to rubber-neck the blood, guts, and gore? Whatever the reason, we all love to watch a good fight– especially those on-line, where people treat one another less than human…more
| Construction Law

Betterment on the Construction Project (law note)

Today’s post is thanks to a discussion with an engineer following a talk I gave for the ASCE of North Carolina.  He asked about owners trying to recover for obvious mistakes, for which they’d have to pay anyhow…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

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
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