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California Construction Law

Based in San Diego, and Orange County, California, Worley Law, P.C. provides quality legal representation to local, national and international businesses in the construction industry.

Worley Law, P.C. represents several large international and national contractors, developers, engineering and design firms, and suppliers, as well as small- to medium-sized local general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. The firm also serves in the role of outside general counsel to many businesses.

The firm's services include the prosecution and defense of various construction claims in state courts, federal courts (both district and bankruptcy courts) and administrative proceedings.

Given the crossover expertise of Worley Law, P.C. in both construction and bankruptcy/commercial law, the firm often serves on a pro hac vice basis in out-of-state bankruptcy proceedings around the United States and also provides legal analysis to construction professionals with respect to domestic and international contract issues.

In addition, the firm represents sureties and construction financing parties with respect to construction agreements and disputes, whether they are traditional banks and lenders, private equity and capital joint venture partners or other entities.

The firm's construction practice includes traditional remedies related to collection of payment, defense against claims for payment and requests for additional payments or damages, including:

  • Breach of contract claims
  • Affirmative claims for extended overhead, differing site conditions, unapproved change order work, extras, delay claims, extended general conditions and overhead
  • Mechanic's liens and related lien priority disputes, such as between a lender and mechanic's lien claimant
  • Stop notices on public works projects
  • Preliminary 20-day notices and related rights
  • Surety bond claims
  • SBA Section 8(a) issues
  • Supplier reclamation claims, buyer-in-ordinary-course (BICO) defenses, and purchase money security interests (PMSI) related to material supply contracts
  • Labor claims, including Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) claims
  • Trust fund claims
  • Claims in bankruptcy

Representation In Construction And Development Finance Matters

In addition to traditional construction remedies, Worley Law, P.C. is uniquely equipped to handle front-end construction finance due diligence, structuring, restructuring, contract drafting and other transactional and litigation matters for owners, contractors, investors and lenders. The firm also offers assistance with dispute and alternative dispute resolution issues unique to financed jobs.

Due to firm's crossover expertise in commercial law and construction law, Worley Law, P.C. offers a unique approach for protecting parties' rights in such transactions. Additionally, because the firm brings both litigation and transactional experience to the table, clients benefit from having an experienced contract attorney who can provide guidance on how a court may view a contract provision should a dispute later arise. The firm is qualified to assist clients in evaluating risks accordingly. This includes the following services:

  • Credit facilities supporting business loans, construction and development loans, land loans and other real property loans, whether related to new developments, new construction or improvements and including national and international multimillion-dollar projects as well as small and midsize local projects (including multi-family and hospitality construction)
  • Protection of owners' and lenders' rights, including lenders holding properties in REO, with respect to environmental issues, declarant rights and permitting issues, property sales, promissory note sales, commercial leases and tenant eviction and ejectment, including unlawful detainer
  • Public private partnership (PPP or 3P) project finance agreements and other projects created through alternative procurement strategies
  • Joint venture agreements, corporate formation agreements and limited liability company (LLC) agreements, including related parent company guaranty agreements and minimum tangible net worth agreements
  • Security agreements, pledge agreements and related transactions and other construction finance agreements
  • Protection of general contractors advancing funds for purchase of supplies on jobs, including protection of buyer in ordinary course rights and purchase money security interests
  • Supply contracts, including purchase order terms and purchase money security interests
  • Litigation and restructuring, workouts and negotiations of breach of contract, lien rights and other secured party remedies in the event of default

San Diego construction litigation attorney Kirsten Worley serves as an active and primary advocate for each of the firm's clients. Her first step is to assess individual client needs from both legal and business perspectives. Taking a targeted approach, she will implement solutions as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. During a dispute, Ms. Worley works toward an early and amicable resolution whenever possible, but is ready and able to be a strong representative during any necessary litigation, arbitration or other alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Contact Worley Law, P.C., to schedule a complimentary consultation with an experienced lawyer.

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Worley Law, P.C.

San Diego Office:
1572 Second Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-550-1004
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Orange County Office:
26632 Towne Centre Drive, Suite 300
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
Phone: 949-420-3706
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Worley Law, P.C. represents clients throughout Southern California including Orange County, Foothill Ranch, San Diego and Los Angeles. Select matters are handled by the firm for clients nationwide.