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Construction Law

Construction Law

Legal Services for Construction Professionals & Homeowners

Portuondo Law Firm, P.A. is a Miami-based practice, offering legal counsel to homeowners as well as general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, engineers, architects and design professionals operating in the construction industry.  A lawyer with over 10 years of experience in construction law in Florida, Attorney Marisa Portuondo knows how to protect the interests of her construction clients in negotiation of contractual agreements and disputes. Committed to an end-to-end approach in construction law matters, Portuondo Law Firm provides strategic legal counsel on private and public works projects at each phase of the contract, development, and execution process.  General construction law services include but are not limited to construction industry contract preparation, review and negotiation, service and foreclosure of claims of lien, as well as preparation of documents which protect your lien rights and help ensure timely payment by clients and contractors. The Firm also represents homeowners in disputes with construction professionals or who have had liens improperly placed against their properties.  Our construction clients have found Portuondo Law Firm’s competent legal services to be the key to dispute avoidance. When preparation and review of contracts, permits, or liens is not enough, Portuondo Law Firm can provide you with the legal representation required for a successful outcome to mediation, arbitration, trial, or appeal. Protect your property or construction business from contract breaches and other costly disputes with the help of Attorney Marisa Portuondo.

Contract Preparation, Review, and Disputes

Experienced contractors understand that a well-written contract is essential for substantiating rights to performance and timely payment. Initiating the drafting process of a construction contract without a construction law attorney can lead to serious financial detriment.  By retaining Portuondo Law Firm to draft agreements customized to meet your business and legal needs and concerns, you will be able to enter into agreements with vendors and clients with confidence and peace of mind.

Portuondo Law Firm also reviews construction contracts presented to homeowner and contractor parties and provides guidance regarding strategic contract negotiations between construction parties.  Marisa Portuondo will personally educate you on the important terms of the contracts at issue, pointing out unfavorable contract terms and conditions while arming you with the knowledge necessary to successfully negotiate better terms.  Where a complete contract drafting is unnecessary, Marisa Portuondo can also renegotiate and rewrite contract clauses to reflect the best interests of her clients.

When an unforeseen breach of contract occurs due to interruption or cessation of work, non-payment, environmental or safety risk, or disputes between owners and a third-party, contractors and subcontractors can seek attorney representation to protect their interests on a construction project.  In Florida, construction clients stand to benefit from attorney advisory at each phase of contract. Florida Law allows for contractors and subcontractors to file notices to owner and claims of lien to protect against non-payment for construction services rendered. Portuondo Law Firm consults construction clients regarding the specific rules and procedures to licensure, permits, as well as filings of notices to owner or claims of lien in cases of breach of non-performance or non-payment by another party.

Liens and Notices

Liens are enforceable legal actions against an owner’s property in the case of nonpayment for construction services rendered.  In compliance with Florida Construction Lien Law Part I §713.00, contractors must be licensed to file a valid construction claim lien.

Portuondo Law Firm provides construction legal services including but not limited to:

  • Notices of Non-Payment
  • Notices to Owner
  • Claims of Lien
  • Contractor’s Final Payment Affidavits
  • Notices of Contest of Lien
  • Notices to Contractor
  • Requests for Sworn Statement of Account
  • Partial and Final Releases of Lien

When a lien cannot be resolved without litigation, the Firm also provides litigation services challenging or foreclosing on liens.  We can provide professional advice regarding compliance with Florida’s statutory lien requirements; ensuring contractors properly preserve their lien rights.  Conversely, the Firm can also provide legal services to properly protect property owners from fraudulently filed liens.

Contract Dispute Resolution

Mediation is often a less expensive, more efficient path to dispute resolution.  Mediated by way of a non-affiliated third party, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services provide a pre-litigation channel for settling legal disagreements.  Mediators are qualified legal professionals, often with a background as an attorney or judge, with years of experience in construction law. Mediation can be an alternative to a lawsuit, offering named parties the opportunity to settle their differences in a mutually binding resolution, without the payment of court fees.  Legal disputes over non-payment, claims of lien, negligent design, defective construction, and breaches of contract affecting property owners as well as construction contractors and subcontractors can be resolved by ADR mediation with the assistance of the Firm.


Whether you’re involved in a simple home remodel or complex commercial construction, every minute of construction disputes can cost you time and money, rob you of the enjoyment of your property or seriously threaten your business.  Portuondo Law Firm helps clients who are involved in controversy get relief and move their projects forward. We represent clients involved in all aspects of construction, including homeowners and homeowner associations, businesses, general contractors, subcontractors, developers, lenders, design professionals, and suppliers of materials. We litigate a wide variety of cases including:

  • Breach of contract
  • Construction defects
  • Construction delays
  • Home improvements/Remodeling
  • Contractor performance
  • Collections

Contact Portuondo Law Firm, P.A. to inquire about contract preparation and review, dispute resolution, litigation, and service of notices in the construction industry.