Michael Metz-Topodas

Partner, Construction Litigator at Cohen Seglias
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As a construction litigator, Michael represents general contractors, subcontractors, owners, designers, and suppliers through all stages of private, public, and federal projects. He helps clients navigate construction project disputes, including delay and inefficiency claims, design and construction defects, unforeseen site conditions, project scope disputes, and payment claims. Michael also pursues mechanics liens, bond claims, and Miller Act claims. Clients rely on him for real-time counseling on business matters on ongoing projects, including contract disputes, compliance issues, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforcement and investigations. Michael also drafts, reviews, and negotiates a range of construction and commercial contracts, including general contractor and subcontractor agreements, master service agreements, and supplier/vendor purchase orders.

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  • With centralized information, the Department of Labor can more easily and readily detect trends and patterns and direct regulation and enforcement accordingly to promote safety. With information publicly available, workers and other industry stakeholders can better gauge a contractor’s safety performance. Reputational concerns about publicly available safety information can lead to increased adherence to safety regulations, sometimes called ‘compliance by shame.’

    23 June 2021
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