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History of Construction Contract Law

 

Gain insight on the background of construction contract law.

Contract law grows out of human discourse; the simple bargains such children finishing their vegetables before dessert. Many scholars believe that the formal law of contracts began in 1215 with the Magna Carta. The Industrial Revolution forced the English courts to create common law for contracts. In the 19th Century, Parliament expanded the jurisdiction of the courts to deal with commercial disputes.American law is borrowed from the English, Dutch, French, German and Spanish legal traditions. Except for Louisiana, American courts generally default to English common law in contract disputes. This video discusses the background of contract law and reviews how interested parties, such as the AIA, Consensus Docs, Joint Engineering Board, or AGC have created their own form agreements which should be reviewed against the specific contract issues.

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Carol A. Sigmond

Carol A. Sigmond

Greenspoon Marder

  • A seasoned legal professional with over 30 years of experience, she brings significant knowledge to her practice which concentrates on construction industry matters
  • She has extensive experience litigating construction disputes for public works and buildings in both the public and private sectors, as well as preparing contract documents including design-build, construction management, guaranteed maximum price, and fixed-price contracts
  • Recognized thought leader in the construction law community in New York
  • Current vice president of the New York State Bar Association and the former president of the New York County Lawyers Association
  • Frequent speaker and author on topics relating to construction law and publishes “The Co-Op Condo Help Line” appearing monthly in various Mann Report publications
  • Member of Law360‘s 2020 Construction Editorial Advisory Board
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