CONSTRUCTION LAW
 
Attorney McLaughlin has been involved in the construction industry for over 25 years, representing project owners, contractors, construction managers and design professionals. Generally, he has become involved at the early stages, in the bidding process or before, and in negotiation of appropriate contracts. He also counsels his clients during the project, and handles construction claims analysis and resolution through arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Often, form documents printed by the American Institute of Architects ("AIA") or the Associated General Contractors ("AGC") are offered. While these are excellent documents by and large, who prepared and printed them should be remembered. Such form documents can always be tightened or revised to more closely meet the particular needs and desires of the client. One must know what is acceptable and what can be made better.

One of the Firm's client is a national contractor in the business of building churches and church-related buildings throughout the country. Because of the client's specialized need, McLaughlin and McNally has worked with the client to develop form agreements for contractors doing this particular kind of work. The agreements incorporate direct relationships with owners and professionals and offer elements of the "design build" concept, which is becoming more and more popular. Additional agreements with subcontractors, material suppliers and others are in the works.

Attorney McLaughlin has been involved in both public and private projects and has handled disputes concerning public bidding procedures and injunctive proceedings.
 
For over 10 years, he has served as General Counsel for the Ohio Utilities Protection Service ("OUPS"), the "Call Before You Dig" protection service for the State of Ohio.
 
McLaughlin is also a qualified construction industry arbitrator listed on the Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association.
 
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