My name is Gary Ransone and I am not your typical lawyer. I specialize in construction contract review/drafting services and dispute avoidance. When you get a large project – call me to help you put together the contract. The idea is that an “ounce of prevention” at the right point in time can help you to avoid or resolve some serious disputes and/or financial losses and whenever possible – litigation.
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I have worked in and around many parts of the construction business for nearly 30 years – first as a laborer, carpenter, project manager, Builder and General Contractor, and for the last twenty + years primarily as an attorney focused on Construction Law, builder of my own projects, project administration and related legal areas. This “in the trenches” construction experience is why I work in this area of the law.
I have also worked as an arbitrator/mediator in numerous construction disputes, land use work (red tags) and provide that service if you should need it. I currently hold licenses in California as an attorney, general contractor and real estate broker. I have also been trained in the past as an American Arbitration Association arbitrator. I have written numerous articles on construction contracts and administration along with the Contractor’s Legal Kit, published by The Journal of Light Construction and spoke on these same topics at national construction conferences from California to the East Coast.
Like you, I hate what happens to contractors and owners when they end up in court. Nobody wins (except the lawyers) and nobody can afford it (especially these days). It’s a trap and game that nobody needs. It shakes your confidence, drains your check book and kills your interest in this business. Do everything that you can to avoid the things that land you in court. Start with a good contract because that’s where problems often start.
Over the years I’ve learned a lot about the kinds of problems that Contractors and owners face when trouble arise and when trying to put together contracts. More importantly, I’ve learned some ways to resolve or better still, PREVENT many of these problems from occurring in the first place.
My approach to problems in the construction business is tempered by a strong dose of job site reality gained while working as a both General Contractor and an attorney. This is why an important part of my work is focused on PREVENTATIVE STEPS both owners and contractors can take to better organize and streamline the business basics (e.g. contracts, subcontracts, paperwork with the owner, etc…) in a way that minimizes agonizing and costly disputes and allows contractors and owners to have a successful relationship and avoid and/or quickly resolve disputes.