Suzanne M. McSorley Edits New ABA Publication, Construction Defects

PRINCETON, NJ, October 23, 2012 – With three other lawyers active in the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, Stevens & Lee Shareholder Suzanne M. McSorley has edited the legal guide Construction Defects, recently published by the American Bar Association.

Construction Defects is a 380-page book providing an analytical guide to the law in the United States relevant to the identification and resolution of claims of construction defects. It provides chapters addressing best practices to avoid the introduction of defects into construction projects, and the most common types of defects, as well as extensive analysis of theories of liability and defenses and the rights and responsibilities of owners, contractors, design professionals and subcontractors in connection with defect claims. In addition, the book includes chapters addressing insurance for defect claims, the statute of limitations, the type and measurement of damages and issues in connection with the negotiation, mediation or trial of such claims.

Ms. McSorley concentrates her practice in negotiation, dispute resolution and litigation, with a particular emphasis on construction matters. She also devotes a substantial part of her practice to representing parties, especially owners, in negotiating and drafting agreements of all types relating to construction projects.

Since 1997, Ms. McSorley has served as a mediation neutral in assisting parties in hundreds of matters to resolve disputes outside of the litigation process. She has received certificates from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the Center for Mediation in Law and currently serves as a mediator on the roster of mediators for court-annexed mediation in New Jersey. She was named 2005 “ADR Practitioner of the Year” by the New Jersey State Bar Association for her contributions to advance the cause of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution in New Jersey.