Ryan Wood practices in the firm’s Real Estate and Construction group and focuses on construction and business litigation. Ryan has a record of success challenging public agencies in bidding and contract administration, achieving favorable results in bid protests and public contract litigation. In addition to his litigation practice, Ryan functions as outside general counsel for both construction and commercial entities, where he advises clients on a wide range of matters affecting the day-to-day operations of their businesses. Ryan also has experience in environmental litigation, appellate and writs, corporate law and intellectual property and licensing.
When a dispute arises over payment between a contractor and the agency overseeing a Federal government project, the contractor typically submits a request for a reasonable adjustment to the contract price. If the agency disagrees with the adjustment, the contractor may file a formal claim under the Contract Disputes Act (“CDA”), which requires the contractor … Continue Reading
The federal Civil Rights Act (“Act”) was enacted by Congress in 1964 to protect individual civil liberties, but the Act has evolved over time into a vehicle that can also be used to challenge public agencies on a wide range of topics, as long as there is a constitutional right implicated. This side of the … Continue Reading
In the world of public works bidding, competition can be fierce. At times the competition may even break some laws in lowering their costs in order to ensure the lowest possible bid. Historically, the only procedure for the aggrieved bidder was to submit a bid protest, and if necessary, file a petition for writ of … Continue Reading
Contractors who bid on public projects that utilize federal money can be surprised by additional administrative requirements they do not usually find in their contracts. In my recent article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, I discuss one of those requirements that may require you to disclose subcontractor agreements, and what you can do to … Continue Reading
It has long been the case that the California Air Resources Board (“ARB”) and each of California’s local Air Quality Management Districts (“AQMDs”) may regulate sources of portable emissions. However, about two decades ago, the legislature recognized that it was often impractical and too costly for businesses traveling throughout the state to acquire permits for … Continue Reading