- 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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