…to Construction Law
I am passionate about construction and always have been. One of my longtime clients describes me as a boots on the ground lawyer. Another client likes to tell people that I am an engineer trapped in a lawyer’s body. Regardless of how I am described, I am usually identified as being different from most of my peers because of my background working in and around construction.
There are very few lawyers in Kentucky who devote their entire practice to construction law and even fewer that have practical construction experience. I am not a lawyer who needs to have his clients waste valuable time and money educating me on design and construction practices and concepts. I have spent time working in field operations and project management on excavation crews, asphalt production, heavy highway operations, structural and miscellaneous steel and general trades work on commercial building construction. Subsequent to this, I spent six years as the general counsel for a large heavy highway contractor that is also engaged in commercial building and material production. This position gave me the opportunity to be directly involved in the operations side of construction and also afforded me the opportunity to handle risk management, insurance, banking and surety issues that are all too important to contractors today. Through this experience, I gained valuable knowledge and insight into the management of risk and exposure to contractors and other players in the construction arena.
…to How I Deliver My Services
While some may consider it a little unorthodox, I have always approached my professional obligations to my clients with one very simple goal in mind — achieve the absolute best result for the client in exchange for the least amount of money. This is no marketing ploy, it is just plainly and simply how I do things. If I do not feel like I am adding value to a client’s matter, they are not billed for my time. I developed this approach because I come from a family-owned business background, I have been a consumer of legal services, and I have also been part of the management team and operations of a large general contractor.
My clients get me, not a partner, associate or paralegal who I have included in the services. I also make an effort to get to know my clients well in order to better understand their needs. This philosophy has enabled me to successfully handle a wide variety of construction matters for a wide variety of construction clients.