Gerard W. Ittig

Legal Columnist

Gerard Ittig, of Ittig & Ittig, P.C., in Washington, D.C., specializes in construction law. He can be contacted at 202.387.5508, or

Articles by Gerard W. Ittig

November 2006
Improve written communication by following the rules Have you ever written a letter like this? “Dear Owner/Contractor: We have been in business for 20 years and never encountered the problems we have with this job. READ MORE
October 2006
Some chicanery has legal ramifications, some does not READ MORE
September 2006
Contract language may not give you much leeway There are two equally important concepts in contract law that every contractor needs to know: What does the law mean and how is it applied?   READ MORE
August 2006
Two recent cases highlight the harm caused by “no damages for delay” clauses. Both are well-reasoned decisions from Maryland that survey the law from many states. As such, they are worth knowing, particularly because the uncompensated delays were outrageous. READ MORE
July 2006
There’s an old Lefty Frizzel song with the lyrics: “If you can’t keep your promises, please don’t make them, my dear.” Lefty probably did not know it, but that song sums up the Spearin Doctrine in construction contracts. When an owner furnishes specifications, he impliedly warrants (promises) that they are suitable for their purpose [United States v. Spearin, 248 U.S. 132 (1918)]. READ MORE
May 2006
Written contract forms grow by mistakes. Contracting parties, particularly owners and architects, discover that some issue or dispute was not covered to their satisfaction. The next draft of the contract is supposed to take care of that perceived gap. The results of this process are complicated documents, with cross-references and qualifying language. READ MORE
April 2006
I have a friend who is a mid-sized electrical contractor. His work is evenly split between commercial and residential, with contracts ranging in value up to a few hundred thousand dollars. I recently spoke with him about his business and his responses to my inquiries were direct and honest, yet sometimes unexpected. My questions were framed from my perspective as a contracts attorney. READ MORE
March 2006
“The general contractor may at any time, without invalidating the contract, by written instructions, direct the subcontractor to make changes, additions or deletions to the work. Subcontractor shall promptly proceed with such instruction. READ MORE
February 2006
Civil litigation, whether involving personal injury or contracts, has one set of rules of “discovery.” Discovery means that the other side is permitted to find and (discover) all information you have concerning the disputes in the lawsuit. READ MORE