We represent developers, contractors and subcontractors concerning mechanic’s lien, construction defects, disputes arising during construction between owners, developers, general contractors, and subcontractors, failure of payment, and related issues. Our contractor clients also look to us for guidance on contract drafting and negotiation, insurance coverage questions, and construction performance disputes.

Individual homeowners often rely on our legal expertise when dealing with contractors and insurance claims involving contractors or casualty claims. We have assisted many homeowners who have retained contractors to perform simple home improvements, major remodeling, and complete rebuilds only to realize during the process, or thereafter, that the contractor did not fulfill his end of the bargain. We assist the homeowner in evaluating options, developing a strategy to achieve completion of the project or to recover funds for completion/repair, and then follow through on that strategy.

Contractors, who may not have been paid or who have disputes with owners, developers, or subcontractors, come to us for assistance in getting paid, resolving conflicts, and assistance in fulfilling their end of the bargain without being taken advantage of in the process.

Mr. Althouse has “hands-on” construction experience arising from his mid-western farming roots which gives him a perspective and understanding of construction issues that is unique among his California attorney peers. His 25 years plus of handling construction defect claims, as both plaintiff and defense counsel, enhances his prior experience and enables him to identify and work towards “out of the box” solutions.