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Thursday, Oct. 24th 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Ask the Experts: Interactive Workshop With Construction Lawyer

by Milene Apanian

Seminar Price: $30


Room: TBD

An interactive workshop/question and answer session with construction attorney, Milene Apanian, regarding contract drafting/negotiations, dispute resolution, collection activities such as stop payment notice, mechanics' liens and bond claims.

Milene Apanian

As a partner at Abdulaziz, Grossbart & Rudman, Milene Apanian assists contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, sureties and owners prevent and resolve disputes on all types of public and private construction projects.

She counsels clients throughout the construction process, starting with contract drafting and review. She represents clients in administrative hearings, including Contractors' State License Board disciplinary actions and complaints, labor code violations (prevailing wage), public agency bid disputes and challenges, contractor "responsibility" and bid "responsiveness" issues, subcontractor "listing law" issues and substitutions, "sole-sourcing," "or-equal" approvals and petitions for writ of mandate/prohibition. She negotiates and litigates business transactions and disputes, breach of contract/termination lawsuits, mechanic's lien and stop notice actions, change orders, delay, disruption, acceleration, extra work, and changed conditions claims. She routinely handles mediations, arbitrations and litigation from inception to settlement or trial.

Prior to practicing law, Ms. Apanian worked for local architectural firms and construction companies, and gained valuable knowledge and experience regarding the construction industry. Before joining Abdulaziz, Grossbart & Rudman, she worked at Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Lubka Darling Mah, Inc. in Pasadena and Kamine Ungerer, LLP in Downtown Los Angeles and externed at the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, Community Redevelopment Agency and at the Public Works Litigation Department.

Ms. Apanian served as mediator on the Los Angeles Superior Court panel. She is a frequent guest speaker for various trade associations, such as the Construction Specification Institute Western Region Conference and Los Angeles Chapter, Engineering Contractors Association, American Institute of Architects and Women in Architecture, CMA, NAWIC, and periodically publishes construction law related articles. Ms. Apanian is an adjunct professor at Southwestern University School of Law, where she teaches construction law.

Milene Apanian obtained her Bachelor of Architecture from University of Southern California (USC) and her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in the State of California, Nevada and the Court of Federal Claims.

Ms. Apanian is an affiliate member of the American Institute of Architects, and a member of the Construction Specification Institute, Los Angeles County Bar, Armenian Bar Association and NAWIC San Gabriel Valley Chapter. She volunteers as a board member for various nonprofit organizations. She served on the City of Glendale's Community Police Partnership Advisory Committee and was appointed to the Arts and Culture Commission.

Ms. Apanian has served on the Greenbook Committee of Public Works Standards, Inc., Specifications subcommittee and has reviewed, analyzed, revised and drafted "Greenbook" specifications used on public works projects. She has also volunteered as a guest judge for the Building Industry Association, Home Aid Los Angeles/Ventura Project Playhouse, and for the National Association of Women in Construction Los Angeles Chapter Lego contest.

Ms. Apanian's California Architect Registration is currently pending.

Previous TLE Presentations

2018- Ask the Attorney Workshop

This workshop will answer your questions regarding, "How to:" construct contracts (Drafting and negotiating Home Improvement Contracts, Owner/Contractor Contracts, Subcontracts, Purchase Orders, Change Orders) and Document a Construction Project without Regret. Furthermore, Ms. Apanian will give advice on topics such as: getting paid (preliminary notices, Stop Payment Notice requirements, Mechanic's lien requirements), Bond Claims and Prompt Payment Penalties and How To Use Them to Get Paid, questions regarding California's Contractor License Laws (their requirements and how to comply) and License Board Advertising Requirements. 

2016 & 2015 – Getting Paid on Construction Projects and Increasing Profits

This workshop will focus on explaining and simplifying California collection remedies such as mechanic's liens and stop notices. Designed for contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers, the discussion will teach you how to efficiently collect payment on construction projects, increase your profits and avoid common mistakes and legal technicalities used to defeat collection efforts. Participants will interact during the presentation and be allowed to ask questions related to real collection issues.

2014 - Getting Paid! Leveraging California Collection Remedies

Have you heard? New California laws have changed the statutory requirements related to Preliminary 20-Day Notices, Mechanic's Liens, Stop Notices, Bond Claims and Prompt Payment Penalties.  Contractors and subcontractors must adapt to the recent statutory changes and comply with the new requirements and forms to ensure payment. Do not miss it; hear the collection laws explained and simplified!  This workshop will offer practical suggestions about complying with the statutory requirements and ensuring payment on construction projects.

2012 – Lien Laws: Collection Remedies for Design Professionals

This course explains and simplifies design professional's liens. You will learn how to convert a design professional's lien into a mechanic's lien, identify time limits for recording liens and deadlines for filing mechanic's lien lawsuits. There will also be a discussion on the 2011 and 2012 changes to the California collection statutes. Lastly, learn to avoid legal technicalities, which make collection remedies unenforceable and how to comply with the new statutory requirements. Most importantly, learn practical tools, tips, and techniques to streamline your collection efforts!

2011 – New Mechanic's Lien Laws

Hear about the changes to the mechanic's lien laws that took effect January 1, 2011. Learn how to understand preliminary 20-day notices, how to make your mechanic's liens collectible, identify time limits for recording mechanic's liens, identify time limits for filing mechanic's lien lawsuits. Learn to avoid legal technicalities which make liens unenforceable. Most importantly, learn practical tools, tips, and techniques to streamline your collection efforts!

More . . .

Ms. Apanian is featured on the LC/DBM magazine of January 2019 in an article titled, "Contracting with HOAs." Click HERE to read it.

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