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Christopher D. F. Foster

Attorney

Chris is keenly aware of the need to balance a client’s best interests with the right blend of practical advice and aggressive litigation strategies. It is a combination that typifies Chris — and the entire legal team — and consistently results in net monetary benefits to our clients.

(858) 737-3100, Ext. 3109

(858) 737-3101

Chris Foster is a versatile litigator and business advisor who works with presidents, project managers, owners, surety representatives, and in-house counsel.  He is experienced with construction industry collection matters including mechanic’s liens, stop payment notices, and bonds; litigation involving delay and disruption claims on multi-million dollar construction projects; as well as general business contract disputes and product liability issues.  Clients include general and design-build contractors, subcontractors of large-scale public and private works, suppliers, sureties, and an interesting mix of small businesses.

Chris thrives on solving the legal and business challenges presented by diverse clientele.  It is a perfect fit for this outside-the-box thinker with a detail-oriented skill set.  Chris is also keenly aware of the need to balance a client’s best interests with the right blend of practical advice and aggressive litigation strategies.  It is a combination that typifies the entire legal team at Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP and consistently results in net monetary benefits to our clients.

PRIVATE/PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACT CLAIMS

In disputes between general contractors and owners, unforeseen conditions changing the nature of work required — thus necessitating extra work — invariably result in the need for owner-approved change orders.  General contractors and subcontractors also clash over responsibility for delay, disruption, and inefficiencies experienced on projects.  Grappling daily with these issues, Chris has the experience and know-how to solve these problems.  He excels in providing detailed attention to contract claims and applying creative solutions for optimum results.  He also understands the need to consider client priorities when approaching disputes, such as the client’s desire to maintain business relationships or gain new work.  Best of all, clients appreciate Chris’s solution oriented approach to issues.

MECHANIC’S LIEN, STOP PAYMENT NOTICE, AND BOND CLAIMS

The need for fair and prompt resolution of payment claims are regular occurrences for general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and sureties.  Each has their own set of priorities, too.  To make sense of it all demands deep knowledge of the statutory requirements for making claims and the provisions that allow for withholding funds when appropriate.  Fully understanding the details of claims brought against firm clients is imperative.  From aggressively fighting trumped-up or illegitimate claims, to getting subcontractors and suppliers paid, to ensuring equitable distribution of claims among the surety or co-sureties, Chris has the experience needed to accomplish your goals.

GENERAL LITIGATION

For large and small businesses and individuals, Chris delivers skilled legal counsel, practical advice, and aggressive representation to general litigation matters.  These include product and services contract issues, home construction disputes, real property and business property rights, and more.  Again, Chris’s experience and creativity to adapt arguments for novel factual circumstances benefit our clients’ interests.  Pre-litigation resolution of claims helps to minimize the duration and cost of legal services necessary.  Clients maintain their rightful property rights, while illegitimate claims are most often dismissed or settled.

PRODUCTS LIABILITY

Chris works with general contractors to resolve claims causing damage or loss on construction projects ranging from underground piping defects to bid software deficiencies and more.  In addition to a reliance on his robust construction industry knowledge, it is work that requires Chris’s skillful assessment of case law and aptitude to negotiate unique methods of resolution — such as identifying multiple sources for payments.  Clients value this expertise because it serves to protect their bank accounts and provides the potential for ongoing future benefits, too.

  • Construction litigation
  • Public and private works disputes
  • Mechanic’s liens, stop payment notices, and payment bond claims
  • Subcontractor default issues
  • Commercial sales
  • General business litigation
  • Land use, planning, and development issues
Subcontractor Payment Claim on a Public Project

The Firm represented a subcontractor in a claim for recovery of amounts due for scope and extra work performed on a publicly funded construction project.  The Firm was brought in after the subcontractor had completed work, but prior to completion of the project to enforce contract, payment bond, and stop notice release bond claims.

The Firm filed suit against the contractor and sureties for the payment and stop notice release bonds, after which the contractor claimed some of the Firm’s client’s work was defective.  After the Firm propounded discovery, the matter settled with payment to the client of the full subcontract balance, including extra work claims, and a release of the contractor’s claim for defective work.

Counsel: Andrea L. Petray and Christopher D. F. Foster

Supplier Payment Claim on Public Project

The firm represented a material supplier in a claim for recovery of amounts due for materials it furnished to a subcontractor on a publicly funded construction project. The firm was brought in prior to completion of the project to enforce stop notice, payment bond, and contract claims. After the firm filed suit against the subcontractor, general contractor, project owner and payment bond surety, the matter settled with payment to the firm’s client of the full principal amount due, plus attorneys’ fees.

Counsel: P. Randolph Finch Jr., Andrea L. Petray, and Christopher D. F. Foster

Subcontractor v. General Contractor, Payment Bond Surety and Public Agency Project Owner

The firm represented a subcontractor in a claim for recovery of subcontract balance and extra work performed on a publicly funded construction project. The firm was brought in at the conclusion of construction to prepare stop payment notice, payment bond and contract claims, and file suit to recover the balance due for work performed by the subcontractor on the project. The matter settled after mediation with payment to the firm’s client for the full subcontract balance, attorneys’ fees and interest.

Counsel: P. Randolph Finch Jr., Andrea L. Petray, and Christopher D. F. Foster

Chris Foster is a versatile litigator and business advisor who works with presidents, project managers, owners, surety representatives, and in-house counsel.  He is experienced with construction industry collection matters including mechanic’s liens, stop payment notices, and bonds; litigation involving delay and disruption claims on multi-million dollar construction projects; as well as general business contract disputes and product liability issues.  Clients include general and design-build contractors, subcontractors of large-scale public and private works, suppliers, sureties, and an interesting mix of small businesses.

Chris thrives on solving the legal and business challenges presented by diverse clientele.  It is a perfect fit for this outside-the-box thinker with a detail-oriented skill set.  Chris is also keenly aware of the need to balance a client’s best interests with the right blend of practical advice and aggressive litigation strategies.  It is a combination that typifies the entire legal team at Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP and consistently results in net monetary benefits to our clients.

PRIVATE/PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACT CLAIMS

In disputes between general contractors and owners, unforeseen conditions changing the nature of work required — thus necessitating extra work — invariably result in the need for owner-approved change orders.  General contractors and subcontractors also clash over responsibility for delay, disruption, and inefficiencies experienced on projects.  Grappling daily with these issues, Chris has the experience and know-how to solve these problems.  He excels in providing detailed attention to contract claims and applying creative solutions for optimum results.  He also understands the need to consider client priorities when approaching disputes, such as the client’s desire to maintain business relationships or gain new work.  Best of all, clients appreciate Chris’s solution oriented approach to issues.

MECHANIC’S LIEN, STOP PAYMENT NOTICE, AND BOND CLAIMS

The need for fair and prompt resolution of payment claims are regular occurrences for general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and sureties.  Each has their own set of priorities, too.  To make sense of it all demands deep knowledge of the statutory requirements for making claims and the provisions that allow for withholding funds when appropriate.  Fully understanding the details of claims brought against firm clients is imperative.  From aggressively fighting trumped-up or illegitimate claims, to getting subcontractors and suppliers paid, to ensuring equitable distribution of claims among the surety or co-sureties, Chris has the experience needed to accomplish your goals.

GENERAL LITIGATION

For large and small businesses and individuals, Chris delivers skilled legal counsel, practical advice, and aggressive representation to general litigation matters.  These include product and services contract issues, home construction disputes, real property and business property rights, and more.  Again, Chris’s experience and creativity to adapt arguments for novel factual circumstances benefit our clients’ interests.  Pre-litigation resolution of claims helps to minimize the duration and cost of legal services necessary.  Clients maintain their rightful property rights, while illegitimate claims are most often dismissed or settled.

PRODUCTS LIABILITY

Chris works with general contractors to resolve claims causing damage or loss on construction projects ranging from underground piping defects to bid software deficiencies and more.  In addition to a reliance on his robust construction industry knowledge, it is work that requires Chris’s skillful assessment of case law and aptitude to negotiate unique methods of resolution — such as identifying multiple sources for payments.  Clients value this expertise because it serves to protects their bank accounts and provide the potential for ongoing future benefits, too.

  • Construction litigation
  • Public and private works disputes
  • Mechanic’s liens, stop payment notices, and payment bond claims
  • Subcontractor default issues
  • Commercial sales
  • General business litigation
  • Land use, planning, and development issues
Subcontractor Payment Claim on a Public Project

The Firm represented a subcontractor in a claim for recovery of amounts due for scope and extra work performed on a publicly funded construction project.  The Firm was brought in after the subcontractor had completed work, but prior to completion of the project to enforce contract, payment bond, and stop notice release bond claims.

The Firm filed suit against the contractor and sureties for the payment and stop notice release bonds, after which the contractor claimed some of the Firm’s client’s work was defective.  After the Firm propounded discovery, the matter settled with payment to the client of the full subcontract balance, including extra work claims, and a release of the contractor’s claim for defective work.

Counsel: Andrea L. Petray and Christopher D. F. Foster

Supplier Payment Claim on Public Project

The firm represented a material supplier in a claim for recovery of amounts due for materials it furnished to a subcontractor on a publicly funded construction project. The firm was brought in prior to completion of the project to enforce stop notice, payment bond, and contract claims. After the firm filed suit against the subcontractor, general contractor, project owner and payment bond surety, the matter settled with payment to the firm’s client of the full principal amount due, plus attorneys’ fees.

Counsel: P. Randolph Finch Jr., Andrea L. Petray, and Christopher D. F. Foster

Subcontractor v. General Contractor, Payment Bond Surety and Public Agency Project Owner

The firm represented a subcontractor in a claim for recovery of subcontract balance and extra work performed on a publicly funded construction project. The firm was brought in at the conclusion of construction to prepare stop payment notice, payment bond and contract claims, and file suit to recover the balance due for work performed by the subcontractor on the project. The matter settled after mediation with payment to the firm’s client for the full subcontract balance, attorneys’ fees and interest.

Counsel: P. Randolph Finch Jr., Andrea L. Petray, and Christopher D. F. Foster

Chris is keenly aware of the need to balance a client’s best interests with the right blend of practical advice and aggressive litigation strategies. It is a combination that typifies Chris — and the entire legal team — and consistently results in net monetary benefits to our clients.

(858) 737-3100, Ext. 3109

(858) 737-3101

A. Elisa Moreno
  • Construction Law
    • Claims & Disputes
    • Real Estate
    • Collections
  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • California: State Courts
  • U.S. District Courts of California: Central, Northern, Southern
  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • CALI (AmJur) Awards for best grades in Agency, Partnership and the LLC, and Remedies
    • Vice Chair, Appellate Moot Court Board
    • Comments Editor, San Diego International Law Journal
    • Extern with Justice Richard D. Huffman at the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division One
  • University of San Diego School of Business Administration, M.B.A.
  • Skidmore College, B.S., Management & Business and Spanish Literature, cum laude
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