Helping Businesses Bounce Back After Construction Problems
Construction defect litigation is a specialized legal practice area that originated in the 1980s. Owners of property with defects due to design and construction deficiencies pursue compensation from responsible parties to recoup their losses.
Williams & Gumbiner LLP specializes in the representation of property owners, including businesses, common interest developments and individual homeowners in connection with claims and suits against developers, design professionals, contractors and material manufacturers arising from defective construction.
We – And The Law – Are On Your Side
If a construction defect is threatening the safety of your property, the law is on your side. The builder is responsible for complying with plans and specifications. If they have not, they are liable. If they are out of compliance with the installation specifications established by the manufacturers of the components in your building, they are liable.
These cases hinge upon the “negligence per se” doctrine. Under this doctrine, if someone violates a statute and caused injury to you or damage to your building, the offending party must provide proof that they were not negligent. When building codes are involved, the owner – not the builder – is favored by the law.
Experience On Which You Can Rely
Attorney Scott Williams has specialized in handling construction defect suits, both on the plaintiff and defense sides, since the 1980s. Based on his substantial experience and as a lecturer on the subject for many years, Mr. Williams has become known as one of the leading construction defect attorneys in the Bay Area.
Mr. Williams’ experience in construction defect litigation dates back to his first law firm, where he defended developers and contractors as insurance defense counsel through the late 1980s. In the mid-’80s, he was among a handful of Bay Area attorneys who began specializing in construction defect litigation on the plaintiffs’ side. In 1998, he organized a program for the California Continuing Education of the Bar on current developments in construction defect litigation. This became an annual program for which Mr. Williams wrote the program outlines, brought in panel speakers and served as a panel speaker himself through 2012.
Mr. Williams has filed amicus briefs with and appeared before the Supreme Court of California in cases involving construction defects. Various organizations have sought his counsel as an informational lecturer and contributing writer.
Attorney Joel Gumbiner also has substantial experience in construction defect litigation, particularly with respect to the analysis of the defendants’ insurance coverage, which plays a critical role in the outcome of almost all construction suits.
Discuss Your Construction Defect Litigation Case With Experienced Counsel
Call 415-755-1880 to schedule an introductory consultation and tell us more about your construction litigation needs. No matter where you are in the country, our attorneys can provide guidance on how to handle construction disputes properly. We can also be reached using our online form.