ORANGE COUNTY
3 Hutton Centre Dr
Suite 900
Santa Ana, CA 92707
(714) 740 - 1600
FAX (714) 740 - 2482
SAN FRANCISCO
One Embarcadero Ctr
Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 315 - 1635
FAX (415) 315 - 1636
SAN DIEGO
5040 Shoreham Place
Suite 150
San Diego, CA 92122
(858) 546-1122
FAX (858) 546-1188
PHOENIX
2375 E. Camelback Rd
Suite 500
Phoenix, AZ 85016-3489
(602) 952 - 9140
FAX (602) 952 - 9141
LAS VEGAS
5450 W. Sahara Ave
Suite 110
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 866 - 6606
FAX (702) 866 - 6626

Construction Litigation Attorneys in California, Nevada, and Arizona

Construction Defects and Construction Delay

Campbell, Lauter & Murphy’s attorneys are experienced in litigating major construction delay damage and construction defect cases in California, Nevada, and  Arizona.  Since 1978, Partner John B. Campbell has represented developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals in California courts.  In 1984, Partner William P. Volk participated in one of the first construction defect trials in California, representing a major real estate developer in a multi-million dollar claim brought by several residents in Chula Vista, California.  It is well recognized that San Diego County was the "birthplace" of construction defect litigation in California, and Campbell, Lauter & Murphy is recognized as one of the premier construction defect litigation law firms in California.  John B. Campbell manages the San Diego office.

In 1995, Campbell, Lauter & Murphy opened its Las Vegas, Nevada, office at the urging of its clients who required sound legal counsel in the Silver State. Since opening, the Las Vegas office has grown to be a leader in handling complex construction defect claims.  William P. Volk manages the Las Vegas office.

In 2000, Campbell, Lauter & Murphy opened its Phoenix, Arizona office at the urging of clients who required legal counsel in the Grand Canyon State.  As with the San Diego, San Francisco, and Las Vegas offices, the Phoenix office also practices complex construction defect litigation. Ronald J. Lauter manages the Phoenix office.

In 2008, Campbell, Lauter & Murphy opened its San Francisco office to better serve its diverse client base in the area.  Our attorneys at this location represent clients in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Jose, Oakland and the East Bay, the Wine Country, and Sacramento.  Jason M. Murphy manages operations for the firm in Northern California.

Construction defects can include claims about many issues, including:

  • Soil subsidence
  • Defective roofs or windows
  • Crawl space ventilation
  • Mold
  • Gaseous emissions
  • Toxins in soil
  • Stucco problems 
  • Siding problems

If walls collapse or plumbing does not work, you should seek the advice of an experienced construction defects attorney to advocate on your behalf.  Contractor negligence and building code violations can be investigated.  If you believe you have observed a construction defect, document its presence, and contact a construction defect attorney immediately to guide you through the legal process of protecting your rights so that you do not incur the financial and/or physical damages that these conditions can create.

If you have suffered monetary or other damages due to a delay in construction, contact an experienced attorney to assist you with your case.  Campbell, Lauter & Murphy handles complex construction delay damage cases.

Insurance Bad Faith/Indemnity Litigation/Insurance Disputes

Campbell, Lauter & Murphy is well-known in the field of insurance litigation for handling claims of wrongful denial of coverage under insurance policies and for defending insurers in coverage disputes.  We are experienced in all aspects of insurance disputes and claims including indemnity litigation.  Clients seeking assistance from Campbell, Lauter & Murphy in these types of claims include builders, subcontractors, homeowners, and other clients.

Insurance companies are required by law to act in good faith, and they must provide just and fair compensation if a policyholder files a legitimate claim.  If an insurance company fails to live up to this standard through a breach of contract, or by acting in bad faith (such as denying a claim without a justified reason) the action can result in the insurance company paying consequential damages over and above  the original compensation in the claim.  Consequential damages can include out-of-pocket expenses the plaintiff was required to pay as a result of the insurance company’s failure to act.  If an insurance company is determined to have acted egregiously, a court may also award punitive damages.

Contact Campbell, Lauter & Murphy to discuss your construction and insurance questions.

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