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Allison Taller Reich

Partner

Overview

Allison focuses on all aspects of construction law, from the very beginning of a project through completion and resolution of any claims.  She represents owners and developers, construction managers, design-build contractors and general contractors, subcontractors, sureties, and other design and construction industry professionals.  Like much of the Construction Practice Group, Allison immerses herself in the construction industry and is clients’ first call for all types of issues including project delivery methods and contract forms, claim and change management, project close-out processes, and dispute resolution and litigation. She strives to obtain the best possible result for her clients at the earliest opportunity. Allison is committed to her clients and 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, and participating in several nonprofit organization boards. She is also involved in several legal and professional associations including the National Association of Women in Construction and the ABA Construction Forum. 
 
                                                                                      

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

    • FDCC Ladder Down Cleveland Program –Class of 2019; Program Committee (2020)
    • American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, Division 13­­– Steering Committee Member (2019-Present)
    • National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) (Cleveland Chapter) – Member (2010-Present); Board Member (2018-Present); 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); Diversity Fellow (2019-Present); Division 13 Steering Committee (2019-Present); Technology Committee (2019-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-Marshall Law Alumni Association—Member (2013-Present); Treasurer (2017-2018); Vice President (2019-Present)
    • College Now—Mentor (2013-Present)
    • Downtown Cleveland Alliance—Step Up Downtown Advisory Committee Member (2013-Present); City Advocate (2011-2013)
    • Cleveland Leadership Center, Civic Leadership Institute (Class of 2015)
    • Recipient of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association President’s Award (2018)
    • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2018-2020)
    • 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)
    • "Best Practices and Potential Dangers for Sureties Bonding Set-Aside Contracts," National Bond Claims Association (NBCA) Annual Seminar, Greensboro, GA (October 2019) 
    • "Legal Update: Contract Claims are Barred After 10 Years," Construction Employers Association (CEA) Podcast (September 2019) 
    • “Construction Contract Risk Management,” Turner Construction Company’s School of Construction Management, Cleveland, OH (April 2019)
    • "The Most Ignored Contract Terms and Project Documentation Requirements on Your Project," NAWIC Frantz Ward Legal Seminar, Cleveland, OH (April 2019) 
    • "Ohio's Statute of Repose- New Riegel Local School District Case," Advice from the Trenches- Frantz Ward Construction Practice Seminar, Cleveland, OH (February 2019) 
    • "Limitations on Insurance Coverage- Ohio Northern University Case," Advice from the Trenches- Frantz Ward Construction Practice Seminar, Cleveland, OH (February 2019) 
    • "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)