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...

VA Will Maintain Control Over VOSB/SDVOSB Status Protests....For Now
Edward T. DeLisle,Maria L. Panichelli, October 18, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) issued an interim final rule, announcing that it would maintain authority over VOSB/SDVOSB status protests made in connection with the agency’s “Vets First” contracting program (the “Program”). Back...

PA's Right to Know Law: An Overlooked Weapon On Public Construction Projects
Jennifer M. Horn, October 15, 2013
The phrase “knowledge is power,” like most clichés, proves true more often than not - especially on construction projects where the status and amount of payments, terms of written agreements, and the content of project documents are key. On public construction projects in...

ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Fall Meeting Delivers on Public-Private Partnerships
Jason C. Tomasulo, October 08, 2013
Last week, the construction law section of the American Bar Association held its annual Fall Meeting. The program, held in Washington, DC, was entitled “Capital Projects: P3s, Design-Build, and Beyond.” The ABA Forum on the Construction Industry presented a well-run, compelling program...

Recent New Jersey Supreme Court Case Drastically Affects Mediation: What You Need to Know
Anthony L. Byler,Kathleen M. Morley, September 19, 2013
In the construction industry, mediation has become an extremely popular vehicle for resolving disputes that develop during and after projects. It is particularly appealing because (i) it can provide an early opportunity for the parties to resolve a case in lieu of more protracted and expensive...

New SBA Rule Imposes Severe Penalties for Misrepresenting Size Status
Edward T. DeLisle,Maria L. Panichelli, September 11, 2013
On June 28, 2013, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a Final Rule relating to the penalties involved when a contractor misrepresents its small business size status. While the current regulations provide that a contractor might suffer certain penalties for “knowingly...

Whatever it Takes? School District of Philadelphia Sues Dozens of its Architecture and Design Professionals
Daniel E. Fierstein,Lane F. Kelman, September 11, 2013
As schools across the country open, most people in the Delaware Valley are well aware of the School District of Philadelphia’s financial woes. As the School District considers measures to help close its massive budget deficit, it has recently begun to take legal action that is particularly...

Ridge Flats, By Onion Flats, Sets the Mark for Sustainable Development in the Philadelphia Area
Jennifer Budd,Lane F. Kelman, August 28, 2013
Two weeks ago, the East Falls Pennsylvania Zoning Board approved the construction of Ridge Flats at 4300 Ridge Avenue in East Falls-a project proposed by developer and design-builder Onion Flats.

Final Rule Imposes New Small Business Subcontracting Obligations on Large Business Prime Contractors
Maria L. Panichelli,Michael H. Payne, August 22, 2013
On August 15, 2013, the SBA put into effect a long-awaited Final Rule (Federal Register Volume 78, Number 136 (Tuesday, July 16, 2013)) designed to help small business subcontractors. The Final Rule, which implements policies set forth in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, provides for several...

Proposed Change Past Performance Assessment System - Is it Fair?
Maria L. Panichelli,Michael H. Payne, August 22, 2013
On August 7, 2013, the DoD, GSA, and NASA proposed a rule (78 FR 48123) that would amend the FAR to significantly alter the past performance evaluation and assessment process. Specifically, the rule would cut in half the time that contractors have to comment on their own performance evaluations. It...

Are Apps Taking Over the Construction Industry?
Jennifer M. Horn,Robert John O'Brien, August 17, 2013
Loyal readers will recall our previous discussion regarding the prevalence of tablets and iPads on construction project sites. As the industry becomes increasingly connected, user-friendly apps for mobile devices are changing the way contractors perform their work on a daily basis.

Maryland's First P3 Project after Recent Legislation: $2.2 billion "Purple Line" Light Rail Project
Jason C. Tomasulo, August 13, 2013
As our readership knows, states are increasingly looking to public-private partnerships as a means of construction and development. Maryland is one such state. We previously reported that Maryland had revised its existing public private partnership (“P3”) law to encourage...

Continuing Government Focus on Fraud Might Lead to Significant Changes in Suspension and Debarment Procedures
Maria L. Panichelli,Michael H. Payne, August 02, 2013
Suspension and debarment procedures have been a hot topic in recent years, and it appears that the issue will remain a focus of congressional debate for the rest of this year as well. On June 12, 2013, Congress heard testimony on the state of the federal government’s suspension and debarment...

Fourth Circuit Drastically Extends Statute of Limitations for False Claims Act Actions - Contractors Appeal to Supreme Court
Maria L. Panichelli,Michael H. Payne, July 30, 2013
The False Claims Act (“FCA”) is a law that contractors must take very seriously. What many contractors fail to realize is that the reach of the FCA goes beyond the filing of fraudulent contract claims. In fact, it seems as though the government is actually searching to find new and...

Termination for Default as a Weapon
Michael H. Payne, July 30, 2013
There is no doubt that the government has the right, and even the responsibility, to terminate a contract completely or partially for default “if the contractor fails to (a) make delivery of the supplies or perform the services within the time specified in the contract, (b) perform any other...