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Construction Attorney Mike Keester: Construction firms urged to plan for labor shortages, delays

March 11, 2020

The Journal Record

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The coronavirus is sure to disrupt construction schedules in the upcoming months, said attorney Michael Keester, a shareholder and partner at Hall Estill’s Tulsa office who specializes in complex business litigation.

Keester and other experts recommend checking the provisions of key contracts to assess what remedies are available and what potential losses might or might not be covered, and making a plan in advance to deal with complications that may arise.

“Most construction contracts for large projects, including the typical American Institute of Architects (AIA) forms, have provisions making time of essence to the contract,” said Keester.

However, the virus may result in labor shortages, and labor shortages lead to delays. 

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