Mr. John H. Burton’s practice actively involves all aspects of civil litigation with an emphasis on the construction industry, from business formation, drafting and negotiating of contract language, licensing issues, consultation during construction, and dispute resolution. Mr. Burton’s clients include public and private owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, engineers, construction managers, and consultants. John has a particular interest and expertise in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes. Construction Litigation Mr. Burton represents owners and contractors in construction-related matters, such as negotiating and drafting construction contracts, recordation and perfection of mechanics’ liens, and initiating stop notices. He also handles construction defect litigation involving issues such as structural defects, defects in equipment or materials used in construction, and foundation defects. John represents Bay Area and Sacramento owners (both public and private), general contractors, subcontractors, sureties, suppliers, insurers, design professionals, construction managers, and forensic laboratories in construction disputes. This representation includes mediation, arbitration, and litigation of construction disputes, and the negotiation and drafting of construction contracts for contractors and owners. The specific areas of expertise include: Real Estate Transactions and Litigation Mr. Burton has extensive experience handling a range of real estate matters, including residential and commercial property purchases and sales, financing of properties, and closings of residential and commercial properties. Furthermore, he also has experience in resolving real estate disputes, such as landlord/tenant and breach of contract. Business Law From forming a new business to litigating business disputes, Mr. Burton provides a full spectrum of business-related services to clients. He advises clients in the choice of business entity that is most suitable to their needs, drafts and review business contracts, and handle employer/employee disputes. Wine Industry Our firm also assists vintners and growers in vineyard or winery purchases and sales, and with negotiating and establishing vineyard lease agreements. Due to the unique issues that arise in this field, individuals who are considering becoming a lessor or lessee of a vineyard property should consult an attorney who has expertise in this area of real estate law and is familiar with the industry.