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Chuck Burkhart, partner, and Joe Leavens, attorney, both members of Balch’s Construction Practice in the Birmingham office, recently led a webinar focused on risk management within the construction industry and the need for businesses to protect themselves in construction contracts.
The session, titled “Construction Contracts: Protect Your Business,” was sponsored by EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants and included participants throughout the US. Chuck and Joe discussed ways to mitigate disputes by developing construction contracts that consider all aspects of the project and offer protection to owners, contractors, and subcontractors. They discussed the value of a carefully crafted contract as a crucial step in any construction project, and shared specific information regarding scope of work provisions, change orders, delay damages, insurance requirements, and indemnity provisions.
Chuck Burkhart has 22 years of experience focusing on construction and products liability litigation. In his construction litigation practice, he has represented owners, architects, general contractors, and subcontractors on claims ranging from mechanics liens and the drafting and negotiation of high-value construction contracts, to the litigation of highly complex nuclear energy construction disputes. Chuck has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and Best of the Birmingham Bar for his work in Construction Law and has been recognized as a local litigation star in Products Liability law by Benchmark Litigation since 2013.
Joe Leavens has a diverse litigation practice ranging from construction disputes, product liability defense, and insurance coverage analysis for both insurers and insureds. Joe regularly appears before state and federal trial courts, has handled numerous appeals before the Eleventh Circuit, and has led regulatory proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).