Michael Metz-Topodas represents clients in construction-related litigation and disputes and counsels them on construction law matters. His practice also focuses on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulatory compliance and citation defense for construction and industrial clients. In representing general contractors, subcontractors, owners, designers, and suppliers on private, public and federal projects, Michael handles construction disputes involving delay and inefficiency claims, design and construction defects, unforeseen site conditions, project scope disputes, bid protests, and payment claims, including mechanics liens, bond claims, and Miller Act claims.
Michael handles litigation in both federal and state courts and alternative dispute resolution forums, and he has first-chair experience in trials, arbitration proceedings, and OSHA citation contest hearings. His work begins with pre-litigation counseling and case assessment and he stays with matters through their final resolution, whether by mediation or settlement, trial or arbitration hearing, or appeal.
Drawing on this litigation experience, Michael provides clients with real-time counseling on business issues that arise on ongoing construction projects, such as contract disputes, compliance, and claims. On OSHA matters, Michael helps clients address regulatory enforcement investigations and demands for corrective actions. Construction industry clients also turn to Michael to draft, review, and negotiate a range of construction and commercial contracts, including general contractor and subcontractor agreements, master service agreements, and supplier/vendor purchase orders.