As Florida Lawmakers Fail to Agree on Condo Safety After Surfside, ‘the Free Market Is Acting’, Published in The Daily Business Review2022-04-05T21:58:28+00:00
04.05.2022 // Attorney, Construction Defect, Florida, NEWS, Press Releases, Publications
As Florida Lawmakers Fail to Agree on Condo Safety After Surfside, ‘the Free Market Is Acting’, Published in The Daily Business Review

The tragic collapse of Champlain Towers South in June 2021 has still not seen the Florida Legislature agree on a bill requiring more rigorous inspections. In an article published on April 4, 2022, Jim Prichard, the firm’s Managing Partner, is featured detailing the hurdles faced in making sense of what appears to be competing interests among constituents and passing laws to address the problem equitably.

“Developers and builders and their subcontractors and other industry participants want to create high-quality projects they can confidently sell, knowing Florida owners will enjoy them for generations to come,” said Jim. “Insurance companies want to avoid litigation and claims arising from deficient construction. Owners want to have confidence their investment is safe and, should a problem arise, they have the necessary resources to fix that problem.”

He also identifies what attorneys can do to educate board members on difficult decisions necessary to run condo and community associations.

“Specifically, attorneys can identify A). any existing legal requirements or best practices for inspections or other actions that would help identify potential construction deficiencies, and B). resources to help make necessary repairs, including legal action when appropriate,” said Jim.

Jim said many of his Florida clients are condominium owners, and they’re getting anxious while they wait for legislative change to protect them. He said, “his biggest concern is that many other buildings across Florida were built in a similar time frame and with a similar design, construction method, and materials as Champlain Towers.

To read the story in full, click here.


Ball Janik LLP was founded in 1982 with six lawyers and a four-person support staff in Portland, Oregon. Since our firm’s inception, we have expanded our capabilities, our professionals, and geographic footprint. What started as a firm focused in real property and land use (known then as Ball Janik & Novack), has grown to include the insights of a team of 30-plus attorneys, with a combined six centuries of experience, and capabilities including Real Estate and Land Use, Construction Defect, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Recovery, Construction and Design, Employment, Finance and Corporate, Public Agencies and Schools, and Community Associations. With offices in Florida and Oregon, our regional growth has earned us a national reputation for upholding the rights of our clients.

Ball Janik LLP has been recognized by Chambers USA, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®, The Best Lawyers in America©, and Corporate International. Ball Janik LLP’s success and integrity have repeatedly made it one of “Oregon’s Most Admired Professional Firms,” according to the Portland Business Journal’s survey results of CEOs throughout the region.

James C. Prichard
Orlando, Florida
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