Tamara Boeck

Tamara Boeck

Tamara Boeck routinely advises owners, developers and general contractors primarily in California, Idaho and Nevada.  Tami, current chair of the firm’s Real Estate, Development & Construction group, works with clients on a wide range of projects including commercial, residential and mixed-use projects, as well as construction-related aspects of oil and gas, mining, food processing, solar, wind, geothermal, biofuel, wastewater treatment and other industrial facilities. In addition to counseling her clients on ways to avoid protracted litigation through thoughtful negotiations and effective contracts, she handles construction disputes from mediation through litigation or  arbitration, which often encompass significant business conflicts, project delay, workmanship and performance deficiency claims, as well as those matters involving lien laws, insurance coverage disagreements with insurers, claims involving toxic tort, product liability and catastrophic injuries. With  her depth of experience, she is able to assist and protect her clients in arbitration or trial when a pragmatic business resolution is not available. She has been listed in Best Lawyers in America© for Construction Law from 2010 to 2018.

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Bah Humbug: California Supreme Court Won’t Hear Dispute Arising From Overbroad SB800 Decision

You may have recently heard that on December 11, 2013, the California Supreme Court denied the builder’s Petition for Review of the published decision in Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Brookfield Crystal Cove LLC, 163 Cal. Rptr. 3d 600, Cal. App. 4th 98 (2013). For builders and contractors, this is very frustrating news and undermines the … Continue Reading

Idaho Verifies That Priority Position Remains Relevant After Bond Posting

In a case of first impression in Idaho, the Supreme Court in American Bank v. Wadsworth Golf Construction Co. of Southwest, No. 39415 (Idaho Aug. 16, 2013) (slip op.), determined that priority of lien filings on a property remain subject to a lien priority analysis even after a statutory lien release bond is filed to … Continue Reading

Sophisticated Parties? You May Shorten Both the Start and Length of the Statute of Limitations in CA Commercial Construction Contracts

Can parties waive both the commencement and length of the statutory limitation periods for construction defect actions?  Yes, answered the Fourth Appellate District, by allowing the parties to contractually preclude the application of the “delayed discovery” rule that normally triggers the commencement of the limitation time period and affirming case law permitting the shortening of … Continue Reading

When Is a Private Project a Public Work for Prevailing Wage Application in California?

In recent years, the Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”), the Legislature and the California courts have expanded the application of the prevailing wage law to projects through the broad definition of a “public works,” beyond what most contractors, owners and even counsel would expect.  While most involved in construction anticipate that any work directly for, … Continue Reading

Contractor’s “Wage Theft” Enforcement Increased on California Public Projects

The California Labor Commission, also known as the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, which is a division of the Department of Industrial Relations, is “reinvigorating” its enforcement actions against public contractors that try to dodge the state’s wage and labor laws. Recently, the Commission issued orders and hefty fines to nine contractors for violations totaling over … Continue Reading

A Contract Means What It Says: Construction Manager Awarded Equitable Fee Increase in Idaho

A reminder from the Idaho Supreme Court for parties to a construction contract:  the plain language of the parties’ contract governs the obligations between them in the absence of ambiguity.  In City of Meridian v. Petra, Inc., No. 39006, 2013 WL 1286014 (Idaho Apr. 1, 2013), the Idaho Supreme Court reviewed a construction dispute between … Continue Reading

Statutory Limitation Periods Can Be Reduced Contractually Under Nevada Law

The Nevada Supreme Court has answered a question that developers and contractors have been asking for years:  can the statutory limitation period for a construction defect action be shortened?  The court answered in the affirmative but held that there must be no statute to the contrary and that the reduced limitation period must be reasonable … Continue Reading

A Valid Contract Limits the Amount of a Mechanic’s Lien, Even Against a Party with No Direct Contract with a Contractor

A California appellate court recently held that the value of an original construction contract is admissible as evidence to limit a contractor’s right to recovery under Civil Code section 3123(a), even by a property buyer that was not a party to the construction contract. Appel v. Los Angeles Superior Court (CA No. B244590, Mar. 11, 2013). The … Continue Reading

Nevada Lenders Beware! Mechanic’s Liens Not Easily Avoided

Following the market crash in 2008-09, the $2.8 billion Fontainebleau development in Las Vegas was halted with 70 percent of the construction completed. Naturally, numerous mechanic’s liens were filed by contractors, subcontractors, professionals and suppliers ("claimants"). In the bankruptcy proceeding, the lenders asserted novel and potentially legally destabilizing theories against the claimants’ rights: a.) the … Continue Reading

CA Lender’s Not Entitled to Lambert Rights Against Contractors Even If Loan Is In Default

The Third District Court of Appeal in Cal Sierra Construction, Inc. v. Comerica Bank (Cal. App., May 31, 2012, No. C060707) 2012 Cal. App. LEXIS 641 (Cal Sierra), determined that lenders were precluded from enforcing property owner rights though a motion to release the mechanic’s lien and stop notice.  The court distinguished the California Supreme … Continue Reading

What if I Don’t Have a Change Order?

A California appellate court has clarified for public owners and contractors (a) what the results may be if the owner does not timely sign a change order and (b) under what circumstances a change order is required. In G. Voskanian Construction, Inc. v. Alhambra Unified School District, No. B221005 (Cal. Ct. App. Mar. 29, 2012), … Continue Reading

California Appellate Court Affirms That Mechanic’s Lien Foreclosure Period Is Tolled During Bankruptcy Proceeding

In Pioneer Construction, Inc. v. Global Investment Corp. (Dec. 21, 2011, No. B225685), Cal.App.4th [2011 WL 6382113], the Second District Court of Appeal recently affirmed a timely topic in this depressed construction market:  lien claimants must protect their rights, and buyers of property out of bankruptcy must verify the validity of lingering lien claims. In … Continue Reading

Keep an Eye on sb 474 in California: Sweeping Edits will Eliminate Traditional Indemnity Rights and Obligations, as well as AIE’s in Commercial Construction Contracts

Indemnity and additional insurance provisions in commercial construction contracts may no longer be an “arm’s-length” negotiation in California. Dramatic changes are proposed in sb 474 (2011). We most recently saw this type of legislative intrusion directing contract language in the residential construction context with the significant modifications of Civil Code section 2728 a few years … Continue Reading

Have You Updated Your Mechanic’s Lien Procedures in California?

Now that the holiday frenzy has wound down, many have overlooked the necessity of updating their mechanic’s lien procedures in California. Effective January 1, 2011, prevailing California law imposes new requirements and notice procedures for effective lien actions on mechanic’s lien claimants. These changes immediately affect the preparation, service, and recordation of mechanic’s lien claims. California Civil Code … Continue Reading

Why Does the Proposed Indemnity Provision Look Different?

Have you noticed unusual language in a client’s contract pertaining to broad waivers of subrogation and acceptance of risks that you never thought your client would have? A brief trend in contract negotiations for many industrial projects has been the appearance of the so-called “knock-for-knock” indemnity provision. The term “knock-for-knock” is typically used for a … Continue Reading

Adding an “O” and “F” to the DB process

The design-build (DB) process is no longer a novelty. In the past ten years, contractors and engineers have fine-tuned the DB project delivery approach, utilizing it to build bigger and better structures at reduced costs. As the demand for public infrastructure continues to increase and the funds to pay for public infrastructure continues to decrease, … Continue Reading

A Rose by any Other Name…. But Are You Really Insured?

Do you think you have adequate insurance protection for your project under an “additional insured endorsement” to another entity’s policy? Or through a “wrap” policy, known as either an Owner’s Controlled Insurance Policy (OCIP) or Contractor’s Controlled Insurance Policy (CCIP), because you are listed as “an insured”? Perhaps not under more recent policies. Check the … Continue Reading

Be careful what you ask for Idaho

In the last two decades, the Idaho State Legislature has authorized design-build contracting for many different types of public projects. It appears that the Legislature will continue this trend for highway projects. In February, a House committee voted to print a bill that would allow the Idaho Transportation Department (IDT) to award design-build contracts for highway projects.  … Continue Reading

But I already paid for that! So you have a mechanic’s lien; now what? (Part 2)

Four Practical Points for Avoiding and Responding to Construction Liens Step 1: Who’s healthy in 2010? Within the bounds of the Fair Credit and Reporting Act and any state obligations, it is imperative for both owners and general contractors to understand the financial fortitude of the parties doing the work. If you don’t obtain the … Continue Reading

But I already paid for that! So you have a mechanic’s lien; now what? (Part 1)

Your project is coming along fine, despite the economy. You’ve weathered the squalls of bids, design changes, agency approval, and credit (mercifully), and now even construction completion is looking good. You can see the finish line through the haze on the horizon, and you’re fairly pleased with how you have pulled everything together with what … Continue Reading

LEED Decertification

If you think LEED certification of a building is a one-time deal, think again. USGBC’s latest version of LEED (version 3) establishes several new changes to LEED certification. Two of those changes are particularly significant. First, USGBC now requires building owners to submit operational performance data on a recurring basis as part of the LEED … Continue Reading

The Green Building Bailout

Can green buildings save the economy? Maybe that’s a stretch, but green buildings do play a significant role in the country’s GDP. By 2010, the value of green building construction is projected to be $60 billion. Perhaps more important in these times, the government is recognizing that greening our schools, homes, and office buildings could put thousands … Continue Reading
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