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Experience. Respect. Results.


We have the knowledge and experience to meet and exceed your expectations and offer a variety of

services customized to fit your specific needs. Learn more about what we offer below.

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  • Bid Protests

  • Terminations

  • Requests for Equitable Adjustments

  • Claims

  • Miller Act

  • Contract Disputes

  • Bid Protests - Federal bid protests require very specific procedures that must be followed. The process frequently requires detailed legal justifications for protest as well as an intimate knowledge of FAR and other federal regulations. We are here to help. 

  • Terminations - The federal government has wide discretion to terminate its contractors. However, contractors are often entitled to recover additional sums as a result. The forms and process is specific and must be done in a timely manner. Let us help you put together a complete and defensible settlement proposal. 

  • Requests for Equitable Adjustments - Equitable Adjustments for federal contracts require a lot of detail and clearly argued justification. Far more than most change orders, the government will need proper documentation and arguments to justify these additional sums and time. 

  • Claims - When no one will listen to reason, you may need to pursue a claim. We are here to go into the battle and fight for what is right. 

  • Miller Act - When a lawsuit becomes necessary, the Miller Act provides an excellent remedy to allow a contractor to recover in federal courts. The process is specific and requires proper notice. Don’t miss your deadlines, give us a call. 

  • Contract Disputes - You don’t always need to go to court. Whether the dispute involves a termination, outstanding change orders, or collections, TLC can help you resolve the dispute, or even avoid it altogether.  Mediation, arbitration and litigation are extremely expensive options. There is often a better way. We are DEDICATED to helping contractors resolve disputes in the most efficient and cost effective way possible. 

California Public Works

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  • Bid Protests

  • Terminations

  • Change Orders

  • Claims

  • Stop Payment Notice

  • Bond Claims

  • Bid Protests - California public procedures for bid protests require a knowledge of both state and local requirements. The timeline for protest is extremely short, rarely more than three days. Proper formatting, argumentation, and documentation are essential for a successful bid protest. Let us help you put together the best possible protest. 

  • Terminations - Whether it needs to be done or has been done to you, terminations are messy affairs. We can help you navigate through this challenging process and recover what you are rightly entitled to. 

  • Change Orders - Unlike most private projects, change order requests for public works require much more justification. Often times contractors are missing out on their true costs for the work performed because the agency continues to scrutinize every item. TLC’s attorney has extensive experience in developing change orders and defending them to CA agencies. 

  • Claims - California has very specific claims rules and regulations. Oftentimes each local district has their own set of rules as well. We can help you navigate through the process. 

  • Stop Payment Notice - This is a powerful tool for collections and is rarely used. There's a right and a wrong way to do it and a lot of how you do it depends on your relationship with the general contractor. 

  • Bond Claims - Bonds are there to protect you. Sureties also provide valuable resources to help make sure you get paid. 

Federal Claims

Construction Business Consultation

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  • CSLB Contract Compliance

  • Mechanics Liens

  • Collections

  • CSLB Contract Compliance - We provide contract review for both your contracts as well as the contracts you're receiving. If you're doing residential California has some very specific rules regarding what must be included in your contracts. We can make sure your contracts are not only compliant but simple and easy to use.

  • Mechanics Liens - It's not enough to just record a mechanic's lien you have to file a lawsuit in order to protect your rights. We can help work through the process. 

  • Collections - It isn't always easy to recover especially on small contracts. We can help you to collect on even the smallest of jobs.

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  • Change Order Development and Training

  • Business Strategy and Development

  • Change Order Development and Training - Sometimes your business is running smoothly but your project managers and field leaders aren't prepared to help you navigate more difficult change orders related to delays and inefficiencies, especially on public works projects. We can help train your staff for more effective change order management.

  • Business Strategy and Development - Moving from a small shop to a mid-size shop or from private to public works requires a significant change in both mental leadership, company systems, and your company culture. There is a path forward and we can provide an objective review and concrete advice and how to move to the next level.

Construction Law

Our Legal Team

Our Legal Team



Luke E. Thompson, Esq. has deep roots in the San Diego East County area. He went to El Capitan in Lakeside for High School, graduated from San Diego Christian College and attended the University of San Diego for law school. Working for and with San Diego contractors and subcontractors as a project manager, in operations, and as an attorney, he has a wide network of clients he assists with navigating the waters for private, public, and federal contracts. His passion is to help contractors succeed in bid protests, change order negotiations, mechanic’s liens actions, stop payment notices, claims, REAs, and more —getting paid a fair price for a fair day of work.

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9757 Marilla Dr #248 - Lakeside, CA 92040



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