More than You Ever Wanted to Know About Me…
Hi! My name is Melissa Dewey Brumback, and I am a partner at Ragsdale Liggett PLLC, a law firm in Raleigh, North Carolina. I chose the legal profession quite simply because I love to
argue debate. Seriously. After losing one too many debates with me in my younger years, my dad told me I should become a lawyer. Voila! Here I am.
I believe that design professionals perform an important role in our Society, but they often get the short end of the stick when a problem arises on a project. Owners and contractors are quick to point the finger at the architect or engineer when something–anything–goes wrong. Don’t get me wrong– sometimes a designer does screw up, and needs to compensate for it. However, often the architect or engineer is brought into a lawsuit simply for his/her “deep pocket” [insert chuckle here] ability to pay. That’s not right, and it’s not fair. I view my job as standing up for professionals, fighting the legal battles for them, so that they can go back to doing what they do best. Which is not, hopefully, arguing. That’s my job.
Who do I represent?
My clients include multi-national engineering companies, regional architecture firms, state-wide design practices, and one man shops. Working together, we can keep your risks low, your costs manageable, and your focus on the design work you love—not on lawsuits and the courthouse.
Note: I do not currently accept homeowner (residential) clients.
Why should you contact me?
Want to read some of my most popular posts?
General Risk Avoidance Tips
- Planning Ahead for Additional Compensation
- Spring Cleaning: 6 Contract law tips for limiting risk on construction projects
- How to Smartly Handle Project Documents
- Lessons from a Diner: Up Front Costs can Save You Money in your Engineering Practice
- The Architect’s and Engineer’s “Standard of Care”
- Design Error and the Spearin Doctrine
- Active vs. Passive Negligence
- Adding an “Additional Insured” in the Professional Services Agreement: an exercise in futility!
Timeliness of Claims
- “Substantial Completion” on the Construction Project: How is it defined?
- The Sticky Statute of Limitations in NC
- Statute of Repose: Putting your Risk to Bed
Want more traditional bio information? Okay, here you go:
I am an AV-rated partner in Ragsdale Liggett’s litigation department, concentrating on complex commercial, business and construction litigation. Most of my work consists of representing architects and engineers in construction-related claims, including construction administration and management, plan defects, testing failure claims and delay claims.
I have represented design professionals in State and Federal courts as well as in binding arbitration. My practice includes the defense of all sizes of claims, from residential homeowner cases to private commercial construction to multi-prime public construction projects.
I am admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in North Carolina, as well as the 4th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. In addition to construction cases, I also handle commercial litigation, business disputes, medical malpractice defense, product liability defense, and director & officer liability. Finally, I head the creditor’s rights/collections practice group at Ragsdale Liggett.
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Legal Disclaimer and Note [I am, after all, a lawyer!]: I welcome your feedback, thoughts, questions, and suggestions. If you are interested in legal representation, let me know and we can discuss whether or not I will be able to help you. I look forward to hearing from you. Remember, however, you are not a client just because you contact me. We’ll both need to see if I’m the right lawyer for your needs. [Plus, clients generally pay me!]