How is working in construction law different from other areas of the law? (Aaron Dean discusses with "Reel Lawyers")
Well, for me, after having done this for sixteen years, I would say you have to be very prepared to go to trial. Construction disputes go to trial very frequently. In 2015 I had six trials, for example. And they actually went through the trials. Either jury trials, court trials, or arbitration hearings. So at its core, construction lawyers have to be prepared to resolve the dispute in front of a decision maker.
I think the other big difference between being a construction lawyer and other disciplines in the law is that you’re required to be a jack of all trades. You need to know a little bit about everything. You might have to know something about insurance, contract rights and contract terms. You need to know about bonds. You need to know about labor relations. Definitely need to know a lot about government regulations that limit and outline the responsibilities for when the government will award contracts. So any number of things you need to know makes it different and I think very challenging to be a construction lawyer.