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Stephen Kelly focuses his practice on construction and development, including contract drafting and negotiating and construction-related litigation. Steve, Of Counsel in the Stoel Rives’ Construction and Design group, has represented private and public owners, developers, contractors and designers in many facets of development and construction law. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America® in the practice area of Native American Law from 2012 to 2015 and was selected by Best Lawyers® as Portland Native American Law Lawyer of the Year for 2013.

Developing public projects in Oregon requires an understanding of the Oregon Public Contracting Code and the complexities of procurement requirements. In my recent article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, I discuss four facets of public contracting that can help you successfully navigate the procurement terrain.  Read the full article here.

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Many development projects have a federal connection — such as a federal permit or grant — that triggers compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.  Section 106 requires the approving federal agency to assess the impacts of the development on properties that are listed or eligible for listing on the National Register

Contractors often have limited liquid assets, so insurance and bonding are often the best resources available to an owner to protect against contractor default or defective work. However, not all policies and bonds are created equal, and owners should make sure these resources provide the security the owner needs. In my recent article for the

The new year brings a reminder that owners need to be careful about changes to their contractors’ and designers’ insurance policies. Many of the most important terms of an insurance policy are in “endorsements” added to the policy. For example, a policy may include an endorsement excluding claims between insured parties (say, a claim by

The Oregon Court of Appeals recently applied the so-called “economic loss rule” to a construction dispute (Marton v. Ater Construction Co., 256 Or App 554, __ P3d __ (2013)). Among other issues, the court decided whether the prime contractor’s negligence claim against its subcontractor was barred under the economic loss rule.

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As they say, timing is everything, and the success of a development project often hinges on when it will be complete. Whether it’s a new business, a new school, or some other project, delay can be disastrous for an owner. Here are five tips to reduce the risks of project delay.

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Lien claims can be an unfortunate reality of even the best-laid development plans. Owners or developers facing a lien claim can be held liable to lenders, landlords or investors for liens filed on project property if they are not careful. When faced with lien claims, I recommend that owners and developers ask five questions:

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In an article recently published in the Daily Journal of Commerce entitled “General Contractors: How’s Your Subcontract?,” I address five questions that general contractors should ask about their subcontracts. By definition, general contractors are caught in the middle between their owner-clients and their subcontractors—owners hold them responsible for their subcontractors’ work, so they must ensure