As an outgrowth of its substantial contract surety practice, Bovis, Kyle, Burch & Medlin, LLC also represents parties needing advice or involved in disputes over construction projects. These representations have included both the residential homeowner and the large institutional developer, suppliers, contractors, and subcontractors. Jack Burch, Greg Veal, Tim Burson, Bobbie Ann Henderson, Randy Bryant and David Harris handle every aspect of legal concern for parties contemplating or engaged in construction, including negotiating and drafting all of the various agreements that may be needed, filing the statutory notice of commencement, assisting in the perfection of lien rights, investigating potential and pending claims, negotiating to avoid escalation of disputes, mediating, arbitrating, or litigating matters in dispute, pursuing and collecting recovery, and generally advising parties about their rights and duties.
All of the attorneys in our group have been practicing in this area for years (since 1970 for our most experienced attorney). The advantage of having six experienced attorneys attending to construction matters on a regular basis gives the firm the flexibility to deal efficiently with matters of any size. Although we handle most matters efficiently with only one attorney, we easily absorb the exceptional case due to the years of teamwork we have enjoyed together. Knowing the complexity of the issues and disputes we face, we also have selected our support staff with care, and our clients often comment on their pleasure in dealing with our staff.
The hallmark of our practice, whether construction or fidelity & surety, is cost-effective service. Instead of artificially low-balling our hourly rates, we commit to keeping our eyes on our clients’ bottom line for each file. When our involvement offers little chance of improving that bottom-line result, we advise our clients accordingly. Usually, though, we have ideas or approaches that can improve the total picture, including end result and expense.
This combination of experience and focus on cost-effectiveness allows us frequently to exceed our construction clients’ expectations. Because we know the construction industry, we work well with the construction and accounting consultants who also play a role for our clients. Further, we are able to draw on the other expertise within our firm (such as accounting, environmental, corporate transactions, municipal, products liability, etc.) when that knowledge would be helpful. We stand ready to assist clients whenever their construction matter would benefit from our special perspective and philosophy.