Among the many effects on the U.S. economy of the COVID-19 pandemic, construction projects that started before it began but were halted in its aftermath may be slow to resume or be abandoned altogether thanks to funding issues. Contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers feel immense pressure to protect and preserve their rights to payment for work performed on their jobs, and one tool they use to ensure they are paid is the construction lien. In my latest article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, I look at several strategies owners and developers can employ to mitigate the risk they face from lien claims. Read the article here.

Originally published as “OP-ED: Ways owners can protect themselves from lien claims in Washington,” by the Daily Journal of Commerce, October 15, 2020.