[VIDEO]: The Legal Difference Between a Residential and Commercial Construction Project in Oregon and Washington with Fred Millard
Portland based Attorney Fred Millard has been practicing insurance, Construction and Business Law for over a decade. His unique background includes 17 years as the owner/operator of a successful Construction Company, as well as the owner/operator of an Insurance Adjusting Company.
There are what we call residential projects and there are non-residential projects.
For Example, let’s say that… You are the owner of an office building or a strip store, or a garage. You are the owner, but often times that is a non-residential project. There are different rules for each of those types of projects. Those rules and the laws that are associated with them are different, whether it is the placement, or the defense of a construction lien, whether it is pursuing a claim against a contractors Surety bond.
It is really important to see an attorney to make that determination. It is an important distinction between a residential and non-residential project. It really sets the path of how a claim will be resolved. You know over the years I have represented developers, I’ve represented contractors, sub-contractors, material supply houses, residential owners, and I am uniquely equipped to handle these claims; because I understand the culture of the construction business. Before I became a lawyer I had almost twenty years of experience as a building contractor. Not reading about it in books, not studying it in school; but actually living, breathing, and sleeping it every day of my life for almost twenty years.
There is very little that surprises me in the construction business.