Law with a Difference
Associates, P.C. has built
a practice in construction law litigation through years
of practical experience not just practicing law, but
by drawing on successful careers working as engineers,
project managers and equipment suppliers. At Scholefield
Associates, we have all performed in one or more of
these roles and thoroughly understand the entire construction
cycle from initial design to final sign-off.
We provide common sense
advice based on how the legal issues will affect your
business. We believe our
background, experience and quality of our staff makes
us unique among all law firms in the construction law
field. There may be bigger firms, but few if any have
the staff and credentials we have.
is designed for a single purpose - to help you with
construction related legal matters.
Some law firms tell you
they will provide aggressive, knowledgable and cost
effective representation. That is a minimum standard
that all attorneys' are obligated to provide for their
clients, so why would this be a unique selling point?
You need to be sure that the background and culture
of the firm you plan on working with is in sync with
your business. In other words, is the firm going to
be a good fit for your needs?
does not claim to practice
all areas of law. While it may appear impressive to
boast that a firm practices in many areas of law, this
really is meaningless when you need help in a construction
related matter. Nobody
can be all things to all people; we realize this and
rather than be the jack-of-all-trades…we think
of ourselves as the master of one.
Your law firm should understand your construction
business better than you. Our belief is that there is
no substitute for hands-on experience. We have that
experience. There are many attorneys that think they
have "worked" in construction, but only as
lawyers. There are even fewer attorneys that are also
engineers. And there are even fewer law firms that have
engineers and licensed contractors on staff. Just ask
yourself this question:
•Electronic document management
system that keeps thousands of documents organized and
searchable at an instant
you know more about law than your attorney knows about
construction? - If
the answer is "yes", let's just say you have been warned.
Without practical experience,
your legal costs could become unnecessarily expensive
as you teach your attorney your business. We
service all construction industry related clients including
manufacturers, agencies, distributors, subcontractors,
general contractors and owners. We concentrate only
on construction law matters and issues faced by those
in this industry. We know the California construction
community and are very focused on our area of expertise.
of Technology- Scholefield
Associates handles numerous support services in-house
as well. We are proud to have state-of-the-art equipment
and software to get the job done. Some of our services
•Portable high speed scanners for on-site document
•All digital in-house professional video editing
•Analog video to miniDV digital to DVD conversions
•On-location video production equipment for depositions
•On-location professional digital audio recording
•Award winning trial presentation software
•High definition courtroom projecton eqipment
•Staff litigation technologist and video editors
What does all this do for you? It improves our efficiency,
which saves you money.
contracts-know what they can do for you -
Construction and complex contracts
go hand-in-hand. Complete and thorough contract documents
go a long way toward successful projects. We offer sound
legal and business advice for all types of contracts.
Leave it to us to draft, interpret and negotiate your
contracts as well as litigate your construction disputes.
Our firm has been selected as a trainer on AIA contracts
and we can describe what each section means to you.
and Licensing - Contractors
are are bound by rules and regulations unique to the construction
industry. Scholefield Associates attorneys have extensive
experience interpreting and resolving issues with the
State Licensing Board (CSLB) and with surety
companies. In addition, Scholefield & Associates has
significant experience with Mechanic's
Lien laws, Stop Notices, Miller Act claims,
Damages and public Contracting.
Now in its present form as
Scholefield Associates, P.C., the law firm opened its
doors in 1998 as a solo practice of Pamela J. Scholefield.
At that time she concentrated on serving the needs of
companies in the electrical industry. Since then, the
firm has gained experience in other areas of law, but
Ms. Scholefield always came back to the area of law where
she excelled and enjoyed the most, construction law and
the issues faced by those in the construction industry.
Ms. Scholefield personally supervises all of the construction
client matters handled by associates and co-counsel attorneys.
Go to the Construction Law Team page to see the our qualifications.