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December 11, 2017

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS — ELECTED AND APPOINTED

By Victoria Hudgins, The Legal Intelligencer

Horn Williamson senior counsel Sarah Hopkins was promoted to partner with the firm.

Hopkins wears two hats at Horn Williamson, she is co-chair of the Horn Williamson construction defect team and she handles employment matters for the firm’s commercial clients.

As a leader on the construction defect team, Hopkins manages several large homeowner client groups and supervises junior team members.

With more than 10 years’ experience managing human resources issues for commercial clients, Hopkins’ employment practice centers on proactive counseling, claim prevention, risk reduction and cost minimization.

Read the full article at the Legal Intelligencer

August 23, 2017

YOUR HOUSE, YOUR BIGGEST FINANCIAL INVESTMENT, COULD BE ROTTING FROM THE INSIDE OUT.

August 22, 2017

CHANGING LANDSCAPE IN RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION DEFECT CASES

By Jennifer M. Horn, Managing Member, Horn Williamson, LLC

It is no secret that building envelope construction defects are prominent throughout our region. This issue affects thousands of properties and multiple builders. These defects are truly latent, with no visual cues or outward manifestation of water infiltration. Homeowners often discover the defect when they see scaffolding at their neighbor’s home and wonder if their home is similarly impacted. When invasive tests are finally performed, they often reveal a costly problem that in most cases requires removal and replacement of the entire building envelope, microbial growth remediation, window and door replacement as well as interior work. Real estate transactional practitioners and construction attorneys are left to navigate scopes of repair and sort through the shifting causes of action on behalf of the builders, subcontractors and the homeowners who are impacted.

Read the full article at the Legal Intelligencer

June 16, 2017

WOMEN-OWNED FIRMS START SMALL TO CHALLENGE BIG LAW NORMS

By Lizzy McLellan, The Legal Intelligencer

Impatient with limited prospects for advancement at large law firms, more female attorneys are taking a new approach to parity—they’re starting from scratch and creating firms of their own.

These lawyers aren’t just changing their surroundings. Many of them are also making more money. And with the ability to market their firms as women-owned and the freedom to establish their own compensation systems, they’re looking to challenge entrenched gender imbalances in the legal profession . . .

(L)ooking to provide a niche practice, Jennifer Horn set out to start a construction law firm in October 2015 with partner Carter Williamson. Philadelphia-based Horn Williamson, which is 99 percent women-owned, has since grown to 15 lawyers and staff, Horn said, and recently brought on Peggy Underwood from Jacoby Donner, a local firm that closed its doors earlier this year.

Horn, who came from Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman, started Horn Williamson primarily because she wanted to start a residential construction practice focused on building envelope defects. But she’s seen benefits from marketing the firm as woman-owned, she said, and they’re now in the process of getting certified.

“Our clients are noticing that working with a woman-owned firm give them a leg up for winning business,” Horn said.

Read the full article at the Legal Intelligencer

June 16, 2017

BUCKINGHAM HOMEOWNERS’ BATTLE WITH TOLL SHINES LIGHT ON WIDESPREAD WATER DAMAGE PROBLEM

By Crissa Shoemaker DeBree, Bucks County Courier Times

When Kim Shaffer and Dave Wolk moved into their Buckingham home in August 2002, they felt they had achieved a lifelong dream. They said the estate home, built by Toll Brothers, signified their years of hard work had paid off. “It meant something,” said Shaffer. “I was excited when we learned we were going to move into a Toll home.”

Now, however, the couple and some neighbors in their Buckingham Forest development are battling Toll Brothers over what they say is water damage beneath the stucco and brick facades of their homes — damage they and the housing inspectors they hired attribute to improper building practices. Some homeowners say they face repair bills of $100,000 or more to homes that are rotting from the inside out. . .

“We’re seeing these failures because builders universally failed to build and construct these houses in accordance with the building codes that were in place at the time,” said attorney Jennifer Horn. Her firm, Horn Williamson LLC, represents 250 families in the region in construction defect cases, including some Buckingham Forest homeowners.

Read the full story at the Bucks County Courier Times

June 14, 2017

PEGGY UNDERWOOD JOINS HORN WILLIAMSON

Cementing Philadelphia’s Largest Women-Owned Construction Law Practice

PHILADELPHIA, PA, Horn Williamson confirmed today that Peggy Underwood has joined the Firm.  The addition of Ms. Underwood closely followed the firm’s move to its new Center City office in 2 Penn Center.  These moves are part of Horn Williamson’s strategic growth initiative that added additional staff and attorneys over the first half of 2017, bringing the firm total to fifteen.

Ms. Underwood’s connections to both Managing Member Jennifer Horn and Carter Williamson run deep.  Peggy first met Jennifer in 2004 while servings as President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). Jennifer soon followed, taking over that same role.  Since then, the two have remained close colleagues and friendly competitors.  Similarly, Carter met Peggy through his many years representing several large construction industry clients.

“I joined Horn Williamson partly because of the impressive bench of talent,” said Peggy Underwood. “The comradery and dedication of the attorneys in this practice sealed the deal.  Over my career, I’ve never seen a thriving, dynamic, construction practice where the majority of attorneys were women.”

For more than 20 years, Peggy has represented clients from all aspects of the construction industry.  She has been involved in many of the Philadelphia area’s largest and most prestigious projects.  In addition to her extensive litigation experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge in contract drafting and negotiation. Peggy’s OSHA and ERISA practice adds depth to Horn Williamson’s robust construction service offerings.  Peggy has been named in Best Lawyers of America® for the years 2016 and 2017 in the field of Construction Law, and has consistently been selected as a Pennsylvania SuperLawyer.

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May 18, 2017

TROUBLESHOOTERS: ACTION NEWS TROUBLESHOOTERS INVESTIGATES GROWING CONSTRUCTION CRISIS

Nydia Han’s report featuring Jennifer Horn, Esquire (from Horn Williamson LLC).

Action News has been covering the problem for three years, and even after the issues are uncovered some builders have denied homeowners’ desperate pleas to make the appropriate repairs.

The Action News Troubleshooters have warned our viewers about the issue as it related to stucco houses, but now we’ve learned other homes are impacted including those built with vinyl, cultured stone and fiber cement siding.

“It’s a result of the defective construction and the application of those products,” said attorney Jennifer Horn. “I believe homes that were built during the wave of residential construction and the building boom are especially vulnerable.” That wave includes the years 2003, 2004, and 2005.

November 17, 2016

TROUBLESHOOTERS: INVESTIGATING HOME BUILDERS

Read Full Article at 6ABC

November 17, 2016

TROUBLESHOOTERS: UNCOVERING CONSTRUCTION NIGHTMARE

Nydia Han’s report featuring Jennifer Horn, Esquire (from Horn Williamson LLC).

Hundreds of homeowners claim a construction problem of epidemic proportions is tearing through homes in the Delaware Valley, leaving them with repairs costing into the six figures. (WPVI)

 

Monday, November 14, 2016 08:42PM
Construction attorney Jennifer Horn of Horn Williamson, LLC represents 128 families dealing with what she calls defective stucco.

“We are just scratching the surface, and we are seeing family after family facing this issue,” said Horn.

And Horn said stucco is not the only problem. She said homes with siding and faux stone can have the same flaws.

So what do you do if you believe your home has a problem? Horn said it is critical homeowners contact a construction attorney immediately. Many firms offer an initial consultation for free, “This is a major life investment. It is critical that families get outside consults from professionals, experts and attorneys outside of the builder so that their rights are protected.”

You have 12 years, in some cases 14 years, in Pennsylvania to file a claim.

But there are other important legal deadlines that are critical not to miss.

Read Full Article at 6ABC

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The Attorney General’s law enforcement action was brought on behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, not individual homeowners. It is important that homeowners protect their individual rights by pursuing separate, individual actions against their builder. If you have stucco, cultured stone, or fiber cement siding on your home or condominium, please contact our office at 215-987-3800 for a free consultation.

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