ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY

Christopher T. Restak, an experienced architect, general building contractor and attorney, leads THE CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY. He is a graduate of Pratt Institute School of Architecture, New York, NY, a former owner and operator of an independent design and construction firm in Santa Monica, CA and a graduate of the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State University. He is a member of PA, NY, MD and American Bar Associations and is a registered architect in PA, MD and CA. THE CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY includes the services of other architects, builders and attorneys, nationwide.

Some of Our Previous Clients:

  • Riviera Country Club
  • Music+Plus
  • Mrs. Field's Cookies
  • Hollywood Video
  • Fine Developments
  • Binder Reality
  • Coldwell Banker Reality
  • Environmental Management Group
  • Diocese of Harrisburg

PRACTICE AREAS

Primary Services:
Construction Defect and Claim Prosecution
Mechanics Liens and Stop Notices
Design Malpractice
Construction Personal Injury
Real Estate Development and Land Use
Zoning Variances and Entitlement Research
Contract Review
Drafting and Negotiation of Leases
Design Copyrights and Trademarks

Additional Services:

Cross Defendant Liability Evaluation
Building Code Analysis
Plan Review for Construction Defects
Expert Witness and Expert Team Coordination
Site Acquisitions and Feasibility Analysis
Real Estate Due Diligence
Accessibility Studies

News and Information

The Construction Attorney provides a legal service limited to construction related and real estate development issues. Clients include: real estate developers, lending institutions, general building contractors, architectural and design practitioners, home owners' associations, regional and local land planning and zoning groups.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. What is Construction Law ?

A. Construction Law is a legal, problem solving approach to construction and real estate development issues which emphasizes loss prevention and maximization of profits. Too often clients wait until there are problems with either their builder or their project before seeking legal counsel. A simple, preliminary review of a proposed construction contract, scope of work specification, or even a second opinion of a feasability study, prior to initiating a project, can save a client a significant amount of money and grief.

Q. Do you represent only builders or developers ?

A. No, my representation includes the interests of a number of participants in the real estate development process. Subcontractors who have been denied payment, due to conflicts between a general contractor and a primary client, have been helped by our services. Homeowners, both individual and associations, have benefitted in seeking relief from construction defects and inadequate construction warranties. Design professionals, architects and engineers, can have their malpractice claims analyzed as well as prosecute for copyright and trademark infringement.

Q. What about establishing lien rights or filing or removing a lien ?

A. Liens are inherently statutory, in nature, and the procedures to follow, in either perfecting or removing a lien, tend to be State specific. It is not possible to give a "one size fits all" type of answer to that question, but I will work with you in helping you establish your rights, by way of the specific statute.


DisclaimerIf you have questions, concerning our service, please feel free to call me or email me, and I will respond to your question as soon as I can get back to you. Please be advised however, that I cannot guarantee that your email or faxed correspondence will be confidential, and that no

ATTORNEY BIO

Attorney, Architect and General Building Contractor with over 20 years of experience in the building business. Graduate of the Pratt Institute School of Architecture, in New York and former owner and operator of an independent design and construction office in Santa Monica, California. Graduate of the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State University and member of PA, NY, MD and American Bar Association. Registered architect in PA, MD and CA.

Practitioner Statement

"Too often clients wait until there are problems with a project before seeking legal counsel. A simple, preliminary review of a proposed construction contract, scope of work specification, or even a second opinion of a feasibility study, prior to initiating a project, can save a client a significant amount of money and worry.

By maintaining current credentials in both architecture and law, I have the experience to examine and analyze issues of design, development, and construction from a diverse perspective. I have a balanced response, and can simplify and apply practical solution and/or direct approach.

My representation includes the interests of a number of participants in the real estate development process. Subcontractors who have been denied payment, due to conflicts between a general contractor and a primary client, have been helped by our services. Homeowners have benefited in seeking relief from construction defects and inadequate construction warranties. Design professionals, architects and engineers can have their malpractice claims analyzed as well as prosecute for copyright and trademark infringement." (Christopher T. Restak)