Business & Construction

SLS attorneys represent and advise school districts in all phases of school site acquisition and school construction, including the following:

  • Regulatory approvals for school sites
  • Real property purchase and sale agreements
  • Developer fees and Mello Roos issues
  • Eminent domain
  • Joint use projects
  • Preparation and review of public works bid packets
  • Contracts for construction management and architectural services
  • Bid disputes
  • Prevailing wage issues
  • Substitution of contractor issues
  • Contractor responsibility issues
  • Stop notice enforcement actions
  • Contractor terminations
  • Surety claims
  • Defense of clients in construction disputes ranging from single issue matters to complex multi-party litigation

In addition, SLS Business Practice Group attorneys counsel districts on a wide range of other school business issues, including charter school petitions and facilities issues, review of technology and other contracts, financing arrangements, disposal of surplus real and personal property, and formation of nonprofit educational foundations.

SLS provides clients with a full array of construction documentation, everything from the documents needed to qualify and hire architects, construction managers and other professionals, to a complete set of bid documents which can be customized for your projects, all available through our password-protected client web page. We routinely provide preventative maintenance training in competitive bidding and related issues for administrators, business officers, MOT personnel and other employees with authority to purchase on behalf of districts.

A graduate of the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, attorney Bill Hornback joined SLS in 1996 from private practice where his construction law experience was immediately put to use in advising and representing school districts in complex construction disputes. Bill has completely revamped SLS’s extensive public works bid documents and provides training to districts in competitive bidding and related matters. His work with the Kern High School District’s building program benefits all SLS clients. Bill is also a statewide expert on charter school issues.

Attorney Christopher Burger joined SLS in 2002 from private practice, where he focused on real property and environmental matters. His prior experience as an environmental regulator for the Kern County Department of Environmental Health serves our clients well in the school site acquisition setting. Chris is also an authority on developer fees and administers a separate Kern County-based joint powers program for the collection of developer fees. He is a graduate of the California Pacific School of Law and an active participant in the Coalition for Adequate Student Housing (CASH).

Attorney Alan Harris (Student Issues) handles a variety of general business and contract matters in addition to his work in all facets of student issues.