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Allison Taller Reich

Associate

Overview

Allison focuses on all aspects of construction law, including drafting, negotiating, and revising contracts; assisting clients manage claims, projects, and schedules in real time to keep projects moving; and resolving disputes between her clients. She strives to obtain the best possible result for her clients at the earliest opportunity. Because of this, Allison engages in negotiations and mediations before and in addition to arbitration hearings and litigation proceedings including trials. She goes “all-in” for her clients because she understands that the issues they face—large and small—can make or break for each client. Allison’s interest in and passion for construction law dates back to her days at The Ohio State University where she obtained a bachelor of science degree in architecture.

Allison is also very involved in the community, including participating in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s 3Rs Program, which teaches constitution and government topics to high school students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, as well as the Partners in Justice Program, supporting the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. Allison is also involved in several legal and professional associations including the National Association of Women in Construction.

Allison is actively involved with leadership roles in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland’s Bridge Board and the United Way Young Leader Cabinet and other nonprofit organizations. She is the recipient of the 2017 Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under for District 12. 

Practices

    • Obtained a complete defense award in arbitration, and recouped arbitration fees, for our general contractor client.  The dispute involved claims for additional costs for alleged extra work performed on a public school project. The arbitrator issued a 20-page opinion rejecting Claimant’s damage claims in their entirety, and ordering the Claimant to reimburse our client for its portion of the arbitrator’s fees and expenses. 
    • Secured a $0 complete defense award in favor of a surveying client in an arbitration involving a $1.6 million claim related to errors and omissions in design and from other contractors.
    • Successfully resolved several related pieces of litigation involving claims of nonpayment from lower-tier subcontractors after subcontractor defaulted on project on behalf of a contractor client.
    • Successfully and quickly resolved potential litigation for nonpayment on behalf of a specialty trade that furnished and installed material at a large commercial project.
    • Successfully resolved claims arising out of a brokerage deal involving manufacturing equipment.
    • Advise clients regarding guaranteed maximum price contracts and monitoring and managing cost overruns and requests for compensation.
    • Successfully resolved claims alleging defective and nonconforming work against contractor client that supplied and installed decorative granite and stone.
    • Successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of a loading and hauling company involving claims by a broker that material was loaded for or hauled to an incorrect customer.
    • Successfully resolved claims alleging defective and nonconforming work against contractor client that supplied and installed decorative granite and stone.
    • Successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of a loading and hauling company involving claims by a broker that material was loaded for or hauled to an incorrect customer.
  • Education

    • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 2009
    • The Ohio State University, B.S., Architecture, 2006

    Admissions

    • State of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio and Southern District of Ohio
  • Professional Affiliations

    • National Association of Women in Construction - Board Member; Membership Committee Co-Chair (2018-Present)
    • Ohio State Bar Foundation - Fellow (2018-Present)
    • Ohio State Bar Association, Construction Law—Member (2010-Present)
    • American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law—Member (2010-Present)
    • National Association of Women in Construction—Member (2010-Present)
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 3Rs Program—Mentor (2011-Present)
    • The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Partners in Justice Campaign—Volunteer (2014-Present)

    Community Involvement

    • United Way of Greater Cleveland - Board of Directors (2018)
    • Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, Bridge Board—Member (2010-Present); Chair (2015-2016)
    • United Way Young Leaders Cabinet—Member (2012-Present); Co-Chair (2016-2017)
    • Cleveland Leadership Center, Civic Leadership Institute (Class of 2015)
    • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association—Treasurer (2017-Present)
    • College Now—Mentor (2013-Present)
    • Downtown Cleveland Alliance—Step Up Downtown Advisory Committee Member (2013-Present); City Advocate (2011-2013)
    • Recipient of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association President’s Award (2018)
    • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2018)
    • Recipient of the Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under for District 12 (2017)
    • Recognized as “One to Watch” by Cleveland Magazine’s Community Leader (2016)
    • "Preserving and Protecting Against Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege," Ohio Farmers Insurance Company Legal Seminar, Cleveland, OH (November 2018)
    • “Types of Construction Contracts: Evaluating Their Risks and Rewards for Different Parties" and "Contract Termination” The National Business Institute CLE Seminar, Cleveland, OH (June 2018)
    • "Importance of Project Claim Documentation" Construction Employers' Association Future Executives Committee, Cleveland, OH ( May, 2018).
    • "Collection Techniques for Subcontractors," Lorman Live Webinar (February 2018)
    • "Construction Law," Kent State University/Turner Construction School of Construction Workshop Series, Cleveland, OH (January 2018)
    • "A Day in the Life - Managing Your Practice," Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations' New Lawyer Bootcamp, Cleveland, OH (December 2017)
    • "What Do You Do When the Plans and Specifications are Deficient?,” National Business Institute, Cleveland, OH (May 2017)
    • “Generation Give,” Ideastream Philanthropic and Non-Profit Leader Panel Discussion, Cleveland, OH (December 2016)
    • “Types of Construction Contracts: Evaluating Their Risks and Rewards for Different Parties,” National Business Institute, Cleveland, OH (December 2016)
    • “Integrating Associate Boards and Professional Boards,” Engage! Cleveland, Cleveland, OH (November 2015)
    • “Overview of Project Delivery Methods,” Lorman Education Seminars, Cleveland, OH (December 2014)