Public Works Contracts and Government Construction Contracts

Experienced Public Contract and Government Contract Attorneys in California

Public Works Contracts, Competitive Bidding, Bid Preferences, Bid Protests, Local Hire Ordinance Laws, Prevailing Wage Claims, Extra Work Claims, Delay Claims, Subcontractor Substitution, Subcontracts, Payment Bond Surety Claims, Prompt Payment Act Collections, Government Code Claims Processes, Arbitration and Litigation of Construction Contracts, Prevailing Wage Laws, False Claims Act Whistleblower Claims

At the Wolff Law Office, our public contract attorneys handle a broad range of disputes, issues and claims related to or arising out of local, state and federal government public works and other government procurement and purchase contracts, from disputes during the bidding process to surety issues under State Law and the Miller Act, stop notices, bond claims, as well as contract and prompt payment disputes.

We advise and protect the rights of clients regarding the following issues:

  • Competitive bidding, bid protests and litigation and writs on bid protests
  • Bid responsiveness, bid irregularities, bidder qualification, and bidder responsibility
  • Bid mistakes
  • Bid withdrawals
  • Bid preferences, DBE, SBE, LBE, DVBE, WBE, small business and local hiring ordinances, requirements, and preferences for local, small and disabled veteran businesses, and good faith requirements efforts requirements
  • Small business and local business entity mandates and preferences
  • Local hiring requirements
  • Contractor prequalification and responsibility, and due process rights to a hearing
  • Prevailing wage requirements and disputes
  • Enforcing subcontractor bids
  • Subcontract substitutions and the Fair Practices Act
  • Value engineering
  • Bid bonds
  • Payment bonds
  • Performance bonds
  • Miller Act bond claims
  • Government Code claims
  • Design professional liability and defense
  • Defective plans and specifications, and interference with contract claims
  • Failure of public agency to disclose unforeseen building or site conditions, or fraud
  • Delay claims and no damages for delay clauses, Eichleay formula home office overhead claims
  • Critical path method presentation of delay claims
  • Extra work claims and force account claims
  • Unforeseen conditions or differing site conditions disputes and claims
  • Subcontractor listing law issues, Unfair Practices Act claims, and subcontractor substitutions
  • Subcontractor and subcontractor disputes, pass-through claims
  • Stop notices and stop notice release bonds
  • Prompt Payment Act disputes and collection cases
  • Liquidated damages, consequential damages, lost profits
  • Termination of the contract for cause and termination for convenience, or default wrongful contract termination
  • Debarment proceedings
  • False Claims Act litigation
  • Public Records Act and U.S. Freedom of Information Act document requests from public agencies
  • Mediation, arbitration, trials and appeals

We offer over 25 years of experience as construction lawyers to government contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and local government districts and public agencies and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and in Northern California handling a wide range of claims arising under public works and other contracts with local, state, and federal government.

Our lead attorney, George W. Wolff, has degrees in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from Purdue and Stanford Universities, worked in the construction industry for contractors in the field of public contracts for Bechtel, Peter Kiewit Sons Co., Kaiser Engineers and others before attending law school, has acted as an arbitrator on public jobs, and brings an understanding of technical and as well as legal issues related to public works contracts to our clients, helping you avoid or resolve disputes as quickly, efficiently and effectively as possible

We represent clients in court in claims hearings, mediation, arbitration, dispute boards and in all actions involving Local, State, and Federal public works and all other government projects and contracts, including False Claims Act charges, and actions whether on behalf of a whistleblower, contractor, or a public agency. When you are involved in an issue or dispute regarding a public works contract, or other government contract such as a supply contract, purchasing contract, or services contract or government procurement decision, whether the contract is for a local, state or federal government agency, you want an attorney with experience, one with a comprehensive understanding of the law and the issues involved, one who has successfully helped others in similar situations over the years.

To arrange a free initial consultation, contact us via email or call us at 415-788-1881. We are available to meet with clients from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and evenings and weekends by appointment. If appropriate, we will make construction job site visits.