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New Maryland Construction Law Deskbook

Ober|Kaler is pleased to announce the release of the Maryland Construction Law Deskbook, edited by Joseph C. Kovars and Michael A. Schollaert of the firm’s Construction Group.

Published by the Maryland State Bar Association, the book is designed to serve as a reference tool for those immersed in construction law, as well as for those faced with an occasional construction issue. The book covers key areas of the law, including contracts, performance disputes, damages, delays, dispute resolution, green construction, project delivery systems and other topics.

 In addition to serving as editors, Mr. Kovars and Mr. Schollaert also authored chapters for the book. Mr. Kovars contributed “Delays and Time Extensions,” and Mr. Schollaert collaborated with Ober|Kaler principal Paul S. Sugar on “Mechanic’s Liens and Statutory Remedies.” Another firm principal, Raymond Daniel Burke, contributed the chapter “Condominium and New Home Warranties and Rights of Action.”

 Mr. Burke is the author of the Maryland Condo Law Blog.  He is also the author of numerous articles on condominiums, homeowner associations, contruction law, and litigation, as well as a frequent opinion/commentary writer for The Baltimore Sun.   He has been listed in Maryland Super Lawyers in the construction litigation catagory since the inception of this peer-review program in 2007.

Mr. Kovars is co-chair of Ober|Kaler’s Construction Group and is an experienced civil litigator who focuses on construction and public contracts law. He represents contractors, subcontractors, sureties and owners in contract formation and construction disputes involving many types of projects. Mr. Kovars is the author of numerous articles and papers on construction law topics. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the construction category since 2003 and in Maryland Super Lawyers in the construction litigation category since 2007.

Mr. Schollaert is an associate in the firm’s Construction Group. He represents general contractors, owners, subcontractors and suppliers on private and public construction projects and also provides general litigation, complex commercial litigation, mediation and arbitration representation. Mr. Schollaert has been named a “Rising Star” in construction law by Maryland Super Lawyers every year since 2009.


The Maryland Construction Law Deskbook is available at the Maryland State Bar Association’s website.