Construction Contracts & Disputes

Accomplished & Experienced Real Estate Attorneys


For the past 25 years, LA Law Firm has represented lenders, property owners, developers, general contractors and subcontractors in negotiating and drafting construction contracts. Specifically, our skillful property attorneys negotiate and prepare:

  • Contracts between owner/developer and general contractor
  • Contracts between general contractor and subcontractors
  • Contracts between owner and subcontractors
  • Contracts between owner and architect
  • Contracts between owner and civil, electrical, plumbing, environmental, or structural engineers
  • Contracts between owner and suppliers

Skillfully Negotiating and Drafting Construction Contracts

We strongly recommend that you consult a knowledgeable property attorney with substantial experience in drafting construction contracts before signing any contracts. A well-drafted contract not only will ensure that your interest is fully protected, but will save you tens of thousands of dollars in attorney fees if litigation ensues. Those developers or contractors who do not employ a knowledgeable counsel to prepare their contracts or to assist them before the transaction is consummated often spend 5-10 times more in attorney fees when the other side breaches the contract, fails to perform or if there is a dispute over the contractor’s work. Some of the standard form contracts that contractors or developers routinely use do not even provide for the prevailing party to recover his attorney’s fees or costs.

At LA Law Firm, P.C., we take pride in adding value to each transaction by not only maximizing your profits but by minimizing your risk. By taking a proactive role and employing our services before entering into a construction contract, you can rest assured that we would work closely with you to ensure that your construction contract will fully protect you in the event that the other side fails to finish their work or fails to pay for the completed work, breaches contract, makes a false claim, stops making payments, interferes with your ability to finish your work, or demands payment for substandard work.


For over 25 years, our real estate law firm has represented both sides in construction defect cases in Southern California. Because we have experience arguing on behalf of both contractors and property owners, LA Law Firm has developed a superior understanding of the underlying technical and legal issues in these claims, and the invaluable advantages in litigation and negotiation that result.

We recognize that, no matter which side of a construction-related legal claim you are on, significant financial interests are at stake. Attorney Donald Ramenian will use more than 25 years of results-focused litigation experience to help you come out ahead.


Property owners and contractors turn to our real estate law experts to represent them in litigation when the cause of defects on a property is in dispute. We handle cases related to:

  • Structural failure from subsidence or other foundation issues
  • Electrical defects
  • Water intrusion and mold
  • Use of improper materials
  • Failure to meet earthquake and/or fire standards
  • HVAC defects
  • Poor workmanship
  • Failure to comply with building and safety codes

In addition to our traditional litigation practice, we also represent clients who are required to resolve construction defect-related disputes through arbitration, or in cases where arbitration or mediation would be in their best interests.


A mechanic’s lien is a legal tool used by contractors and others who provide labor and materials to ensure that they receive payment. Mechanic’s liens, when properly recorded and used, provide both contractors and suppliers with substantial leverage and advantage in the event of dispute with the property owner. On the other hand, the property owners often are forced to deal with unreasonable demands made by contractors, as well as invalid or fraudulent mechanic’s liens recorded against their properties.

In order for the mechanic’s lien to be valid, the contractor or material provider must comply with the strict statutory requirements of California Civil Code Sections §§ 8000-8154 (Works of Improvement Generally); §§ 8160-8319 (Private Works of Improvement); §§8400-8494 (Mechanic’s Lien); §§ 8500-8560 (Stop Payment Notice); and §§8600-8614 (Payment Bond).


LA Law Firm, P.C. represents commercial and residential owners, general contractors, subcontractors, vendors, suppliers, and developers in real estate arbitration throughout Southern California. For the past 25 years, we have represented clients at all stages of commercial, industrial and residential construction projects, including the resolution of disputes that arose during or after completion of the construction.

If you are a property owner who is involved in a dispute with your general contractor or one of the sub-contractors, or wishes to remove frivolous, defective or unenforceable mechanic’s liens recorded against your property, we can help. Our firm is both experienced and skilled at eliminating invalid and unenforceable mechanic’s liens, as well as negotiating down valid liens and any associated debt.

Alternatively, if you are a contractor or a supplier and wish to secure your rights and ensure that you will get paid for your work or materials, the real estate arbitration experts at LA Law Firm can help you to get paid. Even if you do not have a mechanic’s lien, or your mechanic’s lien is deemed invalid, or you have failed to foreclose on your mechanic’s lien, you still have a valid unsecured claim against the property owner for the work that you have performed or the materials that you have provided.

The attorneys at LA Law Firm pride themselves on exceeding your expectations. We are committed to protecting your interests, eliminating potential problems before they arise and, more importantly, helping you succeed.


To schedule your consultation with Los Angeles construction defect attorney Donald Ramenian, contact our real estate law office online or call 310-575-5050.

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