Like my father, grandfather and five generations before them, I am a Floridian. As a boy, I grew up in the woods and on the waters of Central Florida. Navigating the sea of risk management and construction litigation is really no different than safely piloting a boat to your favorite fishing spot or finding your way back to camp after dark. Rough waters, unexpected hazards, inclement weather and those other ever changing obstacles are always concerns.
In my experience, the key to getting home safely is to plan for the unplanned, to expect the unexpected, and to minimize your risks by having a well thought out strategy prior to undertaking your journey. The same concept is used for my representation of clients in the construction industry.
For nearly 15 years, I have dedicated my career to representing those involved with all facets of the construction industry including contractors, design professionals, material suppliers, and property owners. These are my friends, my neighbors, and my clients.
Early in my career, I recognized what appeared to be a recurring problem. While cases were being zealously prosecuted or defended after suit was filed, far too many of those cases were ineffectively managed prior to becoming a case altogether. This concerned me. Long ago, I took a simple vow predicated upon a simple concept.
Why not steer my clients away from danger prior to suit, rather than fight to get them out of it after litigation ensued? It is not necessarily a novel concept, but it is one that is often undervalued and overlooked. In my practice, I have made this principle my true north.