A friend of mine, Cordell Parvin, retired construction attorney and now legal consultant, recently shared a list of core competencies that he expected new construction attorneys in his firm to learn. Here is a copy of his list.

It covers everything from general knowledge of the construction industry and construction law, to contract drafting and dispute resolution.  It also contains a few items that I need to brush up on.

It also got me thinking about what companies expect from their construction attorneys.  I bet every company has at least one aspect of their business they would like their attorneys to know more about.  Is it how you put bids together?  Is it how your workers tackle a challenging job?  Is it how you resolve pay disputes?

I’d really like to know.  So, what aspects of your company do you wish your construction attorney knew more about?