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Cory Haller practices in Stoel Rives' Construction and Design group and focuses on helping both public and private clients throughout the construction and design process, from bidding and procurement, to pre-construction contract drafting and negotiation, to post-construction payment and defect disputes. More broadly, he also provides risk management advice and counsel to clients in a number of industries, including insurance coverage advocacy and occupational safety compliance and enforcement issues.


In addition to streamers and fireworks, the new year is occasioned by another tradition:  new laws.  Several new laws affecting Oregon contractors and developers took effect on January 1, 2016.

Paid sick leave:  Most Oregon construction employers must now provide employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.  Employees

It will happen to almost every contractor at some point — an owner or project developer will try to sue you.  Hopefully your insurer agrees you are covered, and you’ve dodged a bullet. But if your insurer tells you that you are not covered, things get sticky.  One common strategy is for the parties to

There are inherent risks in proceeding to trial by jury. Juries are often unpredictable, and civil litigation also requires extensive discovery and motions practice, which can delay resolution and increase uncertainty and costs. Arbitration has long been accepted as the answer to these problems. But the changing nature of disputes, increasing costs and inefficiencies have