Preserving, Preparing, and Presenting Construction Claims
Webinar Presented by Michael Metz-Topodas
Michael focuses his practice on both construction and commercial litigation. He handles a range of matters in his construction litigation practice, including delay and inefficiency claims, design and construction defects, bond claims and mechanics liens, and differing site conditions cases. He also defends clients in commercial disputes involving corporate ownership and shareholders’ rights, insurance coverage issues, and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claims.
Michael has substantial experience in all phases of litigation, including pre-litigation counseling, case assessment, pleadings, written discovery, document production, taking and defending depositions, briefing and oral argument for substantive and procedural motions, mediations and settlements, trial and arbitration advocacy, and post-arbitration proceedings. He frequently handles appealing trial court decisions in both federal and state court. Michael’s litigation practice also includes advising clients on e-discovery issues, such as preservation, collection, production, and protective orders, with a focus on using cost-effective methods to comply with discovery obligations.
Clients rely on Michael for real-time counseling on business matters in ongoing public and private projects, including contract disputes and compliance issues. Michael also helps clients with issues related to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforcement and investigations. He also drafts, reviews, and negotiates a range of construction and commercial contracts, including general contractor and subcontractor agreements, master service agreements, and supplier/vendor purchase orders.
Before joining Cohen Seglias, Michael practiced commercial litigation and represented clients in a range of business sectors and industries—telecommunications, construction, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and education—across a wide scope of issues, such as breach of contract, labor and employment, statutory and regulatory compliance, corporate governance, products liability, and free speech.
As a law clerk to the Honorable William H. Yohn Jr. in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Michael assisted the court on civil matters concerning issues such as title insurance rate regulations, unfair real estate lending practices, civil rights, and employment discrimination.
While in law school, Michael served as a note-comment editor for the Temple Law Review, participated in moot court, and earned recognition as the evening student with the highest scholastic rank. Before attending law school, Michael taught history and political science in private and public schools both abroad in Switzerland and Korea and here in the United States, including Strath Haven High School, in Wallingford, Pennsylvania.