General Contractor Client Prevails in Binding Construction Industry Arbitration

January 19, 2011

ConstructionReid & Hellyer client, a general contractor, prevailed at arbitration on its claim that it was not paid what it was owed by the owner of a 50,000 square foot medical office building. While the owner claimed that the general contractor delayed on the project and caused construction defects, the general contractor disputed this version of the story.

While most disputes of this nature are heard before courts, this disagreement was resolved before an American Arbitration Association (AAA) arbitrator as required by the building contract at issue. After both sides presented their evidence, the arbitrator awarded nearly $400,000 to Reid & Hellyer's client, the general contractor, for monies owing under the general construction contract, for prejudgment interest, and for attorneys' fees and costs. Reid & Hellyer also successfully defended against the owner's $1 million counterclaim.

Associate Attorney Jenna L. Acuff represented Reid & Hellyer's client in the arbitration. Jenna has been with the firm since she graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2004. She practices primarily in real estate, business and construction litigation.

Headquartered in Riverside, Calif. with offices in Orange County and Temecula, Reid & Hellyer has been serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties for more than 100 years. As one of the most-respected full-service law firms in Southern California, their attorneys provide legal services in business and real estate litigation, real estate development, transactional lawbankruptcymedia law, tax law, mediation and civil rights. The lawyers at Reid & Hellyer serves individual and business clients of local, regional and national prominence.

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