Getting Paid! Increasing Profits on Projects

by Milene Apanian | TLE Seminar


Seminar Dates: November 17, 2022 1:30 PM

Seminar Cost: $35 Register for Seminar

Seminar Description:
This workshop will focus on explaining and simplifying California collection remedies such as Mechanic’s Liens and Stop Payment 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. You will hear about legal technicalities that make Mechanic’s Liens and Stop Payment Notices unenforceable and how to avoid them. Participants will interact during the presentation and be allowed to ask questions related to real collection issues.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the importance of the preliminary 20-day notice for collection purposes.
2. Identify procedural requirements for Mechanics Leins and Stop Payment Notices.
3. Learn how to make construction debts collectable.

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.