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Helping Contractors Profit and Manage Risk

Jeremy has represented a variety of contractors, from curtainwall design-builders and wind farms constructors to general contractors.  He understands the unique pressures contractors face.  

Contractors have much more to worry about than pouring concrete and erecting steel. Jobsite safety is hugely important. Maintaining the right kind and amounts of insurance coverages is key.  Keeping their equipment and workforce busy and profitable is a challenge. Demanding clients and design problems are prevalent.

Many problems contractors face relate to money, the lifeblood of every project.  Most project dollars run through contractors. However, they usually build first and get paid later, often much later.  Contractors extend credit each month; but few view themselves as credit managers.  And when their clients fail to pay, they remain liable for trade labor and subcontracts.  

Can Architects and Contractors Better the Odds of Being Paid by Owners?


Jeremy has served on teams that successfully:

  • Counseled a specialty contractor to manage critical defects that it elected to repair mid-project at a $34 million out-of-pocket cost.
  • Defended the builder of a 71-turbine, 109.5-megawatt wind farm facing a lawsuit constitutional challenge to its special use zoning approval.
  • Represented a GC who suffered a major fire on a project facing financing loss and foreclosure, subrogation, and insurance coverage lawsuits.
  • Represented a prominent design-builder in an AAA arbitration in claims related to the complex mechanical systems of an ice arena.

General contractors are the “center-of-the-spoke” of all projects, which multiplies their risk.  We have the perspective and insight to help contractors mitigate these risks and deliver projects successfully.

To learn more, contact Baker Law today.