We represent and advise educational and special districts clients on a broad spectrum of issues in business and facilities, both transactional and litigation. Our services include the following:
Competitive Bidding and Contract Award
We assist and advise clients regarding competitive bidding and selection requirements and procedures, notice and publication requirements, pre-qualification of bidders, bid protests and litigation, rejection of apparent low bidders and bid withdrawal.
Construction Contracts and Litigation
We review, draft, and advise clients on requests for proposals or quotes, professional services agreements, bidder pre-qualification packets, and construction, bid and contract documents, and guide clients in complying with laws applicable to a particular construction project. We also represent clients in litigation involving prime contractors, architects and other design professionals, subcontractors, the California Labor Commissioner, sureties, and/or insurance companies. Our representation includes professional negligence actions against architects, litigation involving prime contractors, architects, subcontractors and sureties, and stop notice actions filed by subcontractors. We also represent clients in tendering claims and lawsuits to sureties pursuant to performance or payment bonds, and obtaining release of project funds from escrow accounts where a prime contractor has defaulted on a construction contract.
Contracts and Purchasing Agreements, and Related Litigation
We advise and represent clients in all phases of transactions, and in litigation involving purchase and service contracts, leases, vendor purchase orders, and other business arrangements. Our services include reviewing and drafting contracts, negotiating contract terms and conditions, and advising clients regarding applicable laws. We also handle disputes arising out of business transactions, and defend and prosecute litigation if such disputes cannot be resolved informally.
Real Property and Facilities
Our Firm assists clients to acquire, sell, dedicate, lease, or enter into other arrangements for use of real property. We also represent clients in actions when disputes arise involving real estate transactions. In addition, we advise and assist clients in issues relating to the use, maintenance, operation, and conditions of their facilities, including compliance with the Field Act and Civic Center Act.
We negotiate and prepare agreements between our clients and other governmental entities. Such agreements cover joint use of facilities; sale, lease, exchange, or dedication of real property; exchange of services; cost-sharing of personnel; and risk management and insurance joint powers authorities.
Foundations and Auxiliary Organizations
We assist clients in various aspects of foundations and auxiliary organizations, including drafting and reviewing charters, bylaws, and other formation documents. We also advise and assist clients as to the formation and dissolution of such foundations and organizations, and handle disputes and conflicts with such foundations and organizations.