Design Error and the Spearin Doctrine (Law note)

Design Error.  Two words that strike fear into the heart of any architect, engineer, or lawyer representing them.  Today’s post discussion is to discuss the different obligations of each of the parties on a construction project relating to design errors. As discussed last week, designers have an obligation to design in accordance with a reasonable […]

About Me & Contact Info

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, […]

Setting the Right Expectations for your Owner Client– Craft your Scope of Work well (law note)

Regular readers of this blog know that you absolutely should have a written contract, and not rely on “gentlemen’s agreements.”  But what is the most important part of your agreement to provide professional services?  The dispute resolution provision? Payment terms? Change Order requirements?  All of those are important.  I’d argue, however, that the Scope of Work […]

Paperwork, and more paperwork–Discovery in the construction lawsuit (Law & Order: Hard Hat files Part 4)

As I mentioned at the start of this series, one of the reasons that I like watching Law & Order is that things happen fast, and there is always a smoking gun paper  to be found by the lawyers over a night of eating cold Chinese food.  Yes, well- about that.  In the construction world […]

Got a Job Offer? Now What? Engineers and Architects: Think Before You Sign ! (guest post)

Today, we have a guest post by Hayley Spencer, a freelance writer and attorney, on behalf of She enjoys writing articles on contract law, law careers, and employment agreements. Got a Job Offer? Now What?  Engineers and Architects: Think Before You Sign! Architects & Engineers are not immune from employment agreements.  Those who go to work for […]