About Me (David Adelstein)

I am David Adelstein.  I am a Florida board certified construction lawyer, partner at the law firm of Kirwin Norris, P.A., and practice construction law throughout Florida. I have represented contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, developers, associations, suppliers, sureties, and owners in a myriad of construction matters including, without limitation, construction / design defect claims, schedule-based claims (including inefficiency, delay, and acceleration claims), bid protests, payment disputes, lien and bond claims, liability and property insurance issues, construction licensing issues, OSHA and workers compensation issues, subcontractor default insurance issues, requests for equitable adjustment and Contract Disputes Act claims, pass-through claims, termination claims, Davis Bacon issues, and a host of other issues that affect the construction industry. I have prepared and negotiated construction contracts based on various project delivery methods utilizing AIA, EJCDC, ConsensusDocs, and AGC industry form documents, as well as contracts that are not based on an industry form document. Through representing all players in the construction industry, from negotiating contracts to litigating various issues, I have developed a diverse background and understanding of the many risks and issues that are involved in a construction project. (For an example of risk shifting and accepting provisions in a prime contract, check out the chart posted here; for an example of risk shifting and accepting provisions in a subcontract, check out the chart posted here.)

Please feel free to contact me at dadelstein@gmail.com or (954) 361-4720 if I can be of assistance or you are interested in learning more about alternative attorney’s fee arrangements. Also, please contact me if you are interested in having me conduct a seminar or webinar regarding any topic or topics in this blog including, without limitation:  

  • Construction Defects: Horizontal v. Vertical Exhaustion Rules on Multiple Layers of Coverage
  • Workshop: 2017 Changes to AIA Contract Documents and ConsensusDocs
  • Florida Contractor Licensing
  • Subcontractor Default Insurance
  • Liability Claims against Design Professionals
  • Navigating CGL Exclusions and Products Completed Operations Coverage
  • Effective Construction Project Documentation
  • Project Delivery Methods, a Primer
  • Davis Bacon Act
  • CGL Insurance in Construction Projects
  • Construction Insurance Claims: Consent Judgments and Coblentz Agreements
  • Property Damage Claims in Construction Cases
  • Performance Bonds and CGL Insurance in Construction Projects
  • Top 5 Reasons to Read Your Subcontract
  • Subcontractor Default Insurance as an Alternative to Subcontractor Performance Bonds
  • Construction Defect Claims
  • Bad Faith in the Property Insurance Context
  • Design Professional Liability in Construction Projects
  • Being Proactive with your Construction Lien and Payment Bond Rights
  • Payment Bond Claims including Miller Act Claims
  • Construction Defect Indemnity Obligations under CGL Policies – Covered vs. Non-Covered Claims
  • Advanced Construction Contracts
  • Top 5 Reasons to Read YOUR Construction Contract
  • Nuts & Bolts of Miller Act Payment Bond Claims
  • A primer on Miller Act Payment Bonds
  • Nuts & Bolts of Florida Construction Contracting Licensure
  • Design Professional Liability with Emerging Project Delivery Methods

I have also written an ebook called Miller Act Payment Bond Fundamentals for contractors working on federal construction projects.    You can also check out my ebook on Delay that discusses the concept of delay in presentation format through eleven hypotheticals that discuss various delay-related concepts on a construction project.

Please follow me on twitter at DavidAdelstein1 or like me on Facebook at Florida Construction Legal Updates.  You can also view me on LinkedIn

If you like what you read, please check out my other blog called Prove My Florida Case. It is a blog about Florida appellate, evidentiary, and trial perspectives and issues. 


This blog was created for educational purposes only to give the reader a general understanding of legal issues and topics pertaining to the construction industry. This blog is not intended to provide specific legal advice nor should any reader construe any information contained in this blog as legal advice. The updates and issues in this blog should not be used as a substitute or replacement for obtaining competent legal advice from an attorney that can best advise the reader based on the facts, legal issues, and circumstances of their matter. As the law always changes, and legal strategies differ from attorney to attorney, no representation or warranty is made as to the information in this blog. By using this blog, the reader understands that no attorney-client relationship has developed between the blogger and the reader, and that this blog does not provide the reader specific legal advice with any issues he/she may face.

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