Overview

THE CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY, Christopher T. Restak, is an experienced architect, general building contractor and attorney, He is a graduate of Pratt Institute School of Architecture, New York, NY, a former owner and operator of an independent design and construction firm in Santa Monica, CA and a graduate of the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State University. He is a member of PA, NY, MD and American Bar Associations and is a registered architect in PA, MD and CA. THE CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY includes the services of other architects, builders and attorneys, nationwide.

THE CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY provides a legal service limited to construction-related and real estate development issues. Clients include real estate developers, lending institutions, general building contractors, architectural and design practitioners, homeowners’ associations, regional and local land planning, and zoning groups.

General Services

  • Construction Defect and Claim Prosecution
  • Mechanics Liens and Stop Notices
  • Design Malpractice
  • Construction Personal Injury
  • Real Estate Development and Land Use
  • Zoning Variances and Entitlement Research
  • Contract Review
  • Drafting and Negotiation of Leases
  • Design Copyrights and Trademarks
  • Cross Defendant
  • Liability Evaluation
  • Building Code Analysis
  • Plan Review for Construction Defects
  • Expert Witness and Expert Team Coordination
  • Site Acquisitions and Feasibility Analysis
  • Real Estate Due Diligence
  • Accessibility Studies

Partial Client List

Riviera Country Club

Music-Plus

Hollywood Video

Fine Developments

Binder Reality

Caldwell Banker Reality

Environmental Management Group

Diocese of Harrisburg

PRACTITIONER STATEMENT:

“Too often clients wait until there are problems with a project before seeking legal counsel. A simple, preliminary review of a proposed construction contract, the scope of work specification, or even a second opinion of a feasibility study, prior to initiating a project, can save a client a significant amount of money and worry. By maintaining current credentials in both architecture and law, I have the experience to examine and analyze issues of design, development, and construction from a diverse perspective. I have a balanced response and can simplify and apply practical solutions and/or direct approaches.

My representation includes the interests of a number of participants in the real estate development process. Subcontractors who have been denied payment, due to conflicts between a general contractor and a primary client, have been helped by our services. Homeowners have benefited in seeking relief from construction defects and inadequate construction warranties. Design professionals, architects, and engineers can have their malpractice claims analyzed as well as prosecute for copyright and trademark infringement.” (Christopher T. Restak) DISCLAIMER

If you have questions, concerning our service, please feel free to call me or email me, and I will respond to your question as soon as I can get back to you. Please be advised, that I cannot guarantee that your email or faxed correspondence will be confidential and that no contractual arrangement is formed as a consequence of your initial contact.

FAQs:

Q. What is Construction Law?

A. Construction Law is a legal, problem-solving approach to construction and real estate development issues that emphasizes loss prevention and maximization of profits. Too often clients wait until there are problems with either their builder or their project before seeking legal counsel. A simple, preliminary review of a proposed construction contract, the scope of work specification, or even a second opinion of a feasibility study, prior to initiating a project, can save a client a significant amount of money and grief.

Q. Do you represent only builders or developers?

A. No, my representation includes the interests of a number of participants in the real estate development process. Subcontractors who have been denied payment, due to conflicts between a general contractor and a primary client, have been helped by our services. Homeowners, both individual and associations, have benefitted in seeking relief from construction defects and inadequate construction warranties. Design professionals, architects, and engineers, can have their malpractice claims analyzed as well as prosecute for copyright and trademark infringement.

Q. What about establishing lien rights or filing or removing a lien?

A.┬áLiens are inherently statutory, in nature, and the procedures to follow, in either perfecting or removing a lien, tend to be State specific. It is not possible to give a “one size fits all” type of answer to that question, but I will work with you in helping you establish your rights, by way of the specific statute.