Construction Law & Litigation2018-11-17T15:19:38+00:00

Construction Law & Litigation

The attorneys of Sternberg & Associates are experienced in advising owners (both public and private), contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, vendors and material suppliers as to a wide array of legal issues relating to their ability to succeed in the construction industry. Sternberg attorneys work to resolve construction disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or trial. We represent both plaintiffs and defendants in all types of disputes, ranging from simple matters such as recording mechanic’s liens and serving stop payment notices, to preparation and trial of complex construction disputes involving multiple parties and legal claims. We understand the importance of providing the highest level of legal services in the most cost-effective and efficient manner possible to ensure that our clients receive superior legal representation in the construction industry.

Contract Disputes

Sternberg attorneys are experienced in asserting and defending claims relating to all types of contractual disputes. Sternberg attorneys understand the need to minimize damages to our clients while still aggressively protecting and pursuing their contractual rights. Our firm routinely handles matters involving:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Change Orders & Extra Work Claims
  • Scope of Work
  • Changed Conditions Claims
  • Delay & Acceleration Claims
  • Impact & Disruption Claims
  • Inefficiency Claims
  • Warranty Claims
  • Financial Issues & Payment Problems
  • Default & Termination Claims
  • Liquidated Damages

Sternberg attorneys are experienced in asserting and defending claims relating to all types of contractual disputes. Sternberg attorneys understand the need to minimize damages to our clients while still aggressively protecting and pursuing their contractual rights. Our firm routinely handles matters involving:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Change Orders & Extra Work Claims
  • Scope of Work
  • Changed Conditions Claims
  • Delay & Acceleration Claims
  • Impact & Disruption Claims
  • Inefficiency Claims
  • Warranty Claims
  • Financial Issues & Payment Problems
  • Default & Termination Claims
  • Liquidated Damages

Mechanic’s Liens, Stop Payment Notices & Bond Claims

Mechanic’s liens and stop payment notices are effective mechanisms to ensure a contractor or material supplier is paid on a public or private work. Sternberg attorneys are experienced in advising clients regarding the preparation, filing and enforcement of mechanic’s liens and stop payment notices to ensure payment on a project. Additionally, Sternberg attorneys represent owners in defending claims when a lien is improperly filed against their property and/or assist in freeing an owner’s property from a mechanic’s lien by obtaining the necessary mechanic’s lien release bonds.


Surety bonds afford protection to owners, contractors and material suppliers in connection with payment or performance by the bond principal contractor. A claimant can look to the surety if the bond principal defaults on its payment or performance obligations. Sternberg attorneys advise clients through the claims process to ensure that they receive the maximum benefit allowed by law. Sternberg attorneys will also file suit on the bond claims, efficiently present the issues at trial/arbitration and recover all attorney’s fees and costs as allowed by statute. With a thorough knowledge of surety bond law, Sternberg attorneys assist clients in all surety bond issues relating to payment bonds, performance bonds, CSLB license bonds and mechanic’s lien or stop payment notice release bonds. We also advise clients relating to indemnity issues.

Sternberg attorneys handle all legal issues relating to:

  • Mechanic’s liens on private works projects
  • Stop payment notices on private and public works projects
  • Bond claims on federal or California public works projects

Mechanic’s Liens, Stop Payment Notices & Bond Claims – Mechanic’s liens and stop payment notices are effective mechanisms to ensure a contractor or material supplier is paid on a public or private work. Sternberg attorneys are experienced in advising clients regarding the preparation, filing and enforcement of mechanic’s liens and stop payment notices to ensure payment on a project. Additionally, Sternberg attorneys represent owners in defending claims when a lien is improperly filed against their property and/or assist in freeing an owner’s property from a mechanic’s lien by obtaining the necessary mechanic’s lien release bonds.


Surety bonds afford protection to owners, contractors and material suppliers in connection with payment or performance by the bond principal contractor. A claimant can look to the surety if the bond principal defaults on its payment or performance obligations. Sternberg attorneys advise clients through the claims process to ensure that they receive the maximum benefit allowed by law. Sternberg attorneys will also file suit on the bond claims, efficiently present the issues at trial/arbitration and recover all attorney’s fees and costs as allowed by statute. With a thorough knowledge of surety bond law, Sternberg attorneys assist clients in all surety bond issues relating to payment bonds, performance bonds, CSLB license bonds and mechanic’s lien or stop payment notice release bonds. We also advise clients relating to indemnity issues.

Sternberg attorneys handle all legal issues relating to:

  • Mechanic’s liens on private works projects
  • Stop payment notices on private and public works projects
  • Bond claims on federal or California public works projects

Prompt Payment Claims

Prompt payment claims require attorneys with an extremely technical understanding of the complex field of construction law. Sternberg attorneys are highly skilled at advising clients in this specialized field as to claims for prompt payment. This includes advising clients related to determination of the correct amount of funds which is subject to a good faith dispute, calculation of payment due dates as well as prompt payment related interest and penalties.

Prompt payment claims require attorneys with an extremely technical understanding of the complex field of construction law. Sternberg attorneys are highly skilled at advising clients in this specialized field as to claims for prompt payment. This includes advising clients related to determination of the correct amount of funds which is subject to a good faith dispute, calculation of payment due dates as well as prompt payment related interest and penalties.

Licensure

Proper licensing as it relates to a contractor’s scope of work on a project is immensely important to a payment dispute. Subject to few exceptions, a contractor is not entitled to payment for work unless they were properly licensed by the CSLB at all times throughout a project. In addition, a contractor who has been paid, but is later found to be lacking the proper license(s) for the work performed, may have to disgorge (repay) any monies received for the project. Sternberg attorneys have a thorough understanding of the complexities of the licensing laws and are experienced in asserting and defending claims relating to license discrepancies.

Proper licensing as it relates to a contractor’s scope of work on a project is immensely important to a payment dispute. Subject to few exceptions, a contractor is not entitled to payment for work unless they were properly licensed by the CSLB at all times throughout a project. In addition, a contractor who has been paid, but is later found to be lacking the proper license(s) for the work performed, may have to disgorge (repay) any monies received for the project. Sternberg attorneys have a thorough understanding of the complexities of the licensing laws and are experienced in asserting and defending claims relating to license discrepancies.

Construction Defects

Construction defects pose frustrating issues to property owners. Whether it is a residential, commercial or investment property, discovering defective work is extremely disheartening and presents major problems to your quality of life or business model. Regardless of the nature of the construction defects, Sternberg attorneys are experienced at advising clients in navigating the dispute process and taking the required corrective action. Sternberg attorneys also defend contractors and help them resolve disputes. Sternberg attorneys are experienced in asserting and defending claims relating to all types of construction defect claims including workmanship issues, failure to meet plans and specifications and adherence to construction industry trade standards.

Construction defects pose frustrating issues to property owners. Whether it is a residential, commercial or investment property, discovering defective work is extremely disheartening and presents major problems to your quality of life or business model. Regardless of the nature of the construction defects, Sternberg attorneys are experienced at advising clients in navigating the dispute process and taking the required corrective action. Sternberg attorneys also defend contractors and help them resolve disputes. Sternberg attorneys are experienced in asserting and defending claims relating to all types of construction defect claims including workmanship issues, failure to meet plans and specifications and adherence to construction industry trade standards.

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