Practice Areas & Industries: Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC


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Since the Firm was established in 1988, our attorneys have represented every potential party to a dispute on a construction project, including owners, developers, sureties, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. We have litigated, arbitrated and mediated cases from Maine to Florida and from New Jersey to Hawaii. Over the years, we have worked for our clients on virtually every type of construction project including: major office buildings, stadiums, hospitals, shopping centers, condominiums, government buildings, bridges, water treatment plants, petro-chemical plants, highways, airports, factories, and schools.

With our first hand knowledge of the construction industry, our attorneys are equipped to assess problems quickly and assist in the tactical and strategic decisions that can make the difference between a project wrought with problems and one that is successfully completed. We are involved in all phases of construction projects, and our attorneys work with our clients to answer day-to-day questions with respect to:

  • Contract negotiations and document preparation
  • Bid protests and bid withdrawals on public projects
  • Injunctions
  • Complex operational and financial issues that arise during a project
  • Delay, disruption, and acceleration claims process
  • Surety bond claims
  • Contracting on the Federal, State, and local levels
  • Construction changes and differing site conditions
  • Mechanics' and Construction Lien Laws
  • Government procurement and Miller Act issues
  • Corporate compliance and dispute procedures
  • Affirmative action and hiring goals on construction projects

Group Presentations
  Louisville Chapter of NECA Presentation: Contracting 101 - The Do's & Don'ts of Construction, November 12, 2013
Louisville Chapter of NECA Presentation: Contracting 101 - The Do's & Don'ts of Construction, September 17, 2013
ENR Webinar: Technology for Secure Job Sites, September 12, 2013
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania: Construction Company Financial Management, May 29, 2013
Past Seminar Materials
  FEC Seminar: How To Protect Electrical Contractors on Problem Projects, June 26, 2013
Seminar for the Western Pennsylvania Chapters of MCAA and SMACNA, June 23, 2013
Seminar: Preserving Your Bottom Line when a Claim, Change or Dispute Occurs, June 20, 2013
Blames, Claims and Time Frames: What you need to know about protecting your rights on public work, January 22, 2013
Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:

Homeowners Affected by Stucco Defects Should Watch This Pennsylvania Supreme Court Case
Jennifer M. Horn,Matthew G. Tom, November 22, 2013
Unfortunately, dealing with the serious and often financially debilitating issues related to defective stucco is nothing new to many Pennsylvania homeowners. In addition to repairing defective work, a homeowner’s status as a first purchaser of the home, as opposed to a subsequent purchaser,...

Miles II: Court of Federal Claims Awards Attorneys' Fees and Provides Further Guidance
Edward T. DeLisle,Maria L. Panichelli, November 22, 2013
Miles Construction, LLC v. United States, No. 12-597C (2013) has been a very important case for SDOVSBs and VOSBs. Our victory in Miles not only resulted in a big win for our client, but it also caused the VA to change its policy regarding transfer restrictions generally, benefitting all...

Amended Version of the SUSPEND Act Clears House Oversight Committee and Aims to Change Suspension and Debarment Procedures for Federal Contractors
Maria L. Panichelli,Michael H. Payne, November 06, 2013
This past July, we told you about an important bill known as the Stop Unworthy Spending Act (“SUSPEND Act”). That bill, which was introduced by House of Representatives oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa, aimed to dramatically overhaul the suspension and debarment...

Delaware County Condo Association Settles Six-Year Dispute with Pulte Homes
, October 31, 2013
Cohen Seglias has assisted a Newtown Square, Delaware County Condominium Association in reaching a $5.6 Million settlement agreement, ending a six year dispute with Pulte and its subsidiary Pulte Home Corporation of the Delaware Valley Homes. The Legal Intelligencer wrote about the successful...

How Pay if Paid Provisions are Treated in the Empire State
Peter Plevritis,Joyce J. Sun, October 24, 2013
As a contractor or subcontractor, timely receipt of payment can be the difference between continuing to grow your company and closing its doors. Because of this, contractors and subcontractors will frequently try to shift the risk of nonpayment by the owner onto their subcontractors through the use...

SBA Creates "SBTA" Exemption to Affiliation Rules on Bundled Contracts
Edward T. DeLisle,Maria L. Panichelli, October 23, 2013
On October 2, 2013, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) published a final rule implementing changes required by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. One of the most interesting changes relates to “bundling,” “affiliation,” and the ability of small...