About Nicole Robinson

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Nicole Robinson is a freelance journalist and editor with experience in both consumer and B2B publications. She completed her journalism degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and is currently working on a master’s degree in Sustainable Urbanism at University College London. With more than a decade of experience writing about the construction and engineering industries, she has expanded her beat to an extensive range of sectors including sustainability, law, architecture, development, finance and the environment.

Articles written by Nicole Robinson

Constructing a Solid Legal Foundation: Managing Risks in Construction Agreements

Legal tips for businesses looking to expand or remodel

Most people know very little about the potential dangers of the construction process until it’s too late. So when businesses look to expand or remodel their facilities, a seasoned construction law attorney can act as a safety net. “The level of quality between contractors can be astounding,” says Matt Herstein, an attorney with Deneweth, Dugan & Parfitt in Troy, Michigan. “Like anything else, you have some who are exceptionally good at it and some who you wouldn’t want doing [the …

'I Could Do This All Day'

After working construction, long legal days aren’t so tough for John Crawford

“My parents were proponents of, ‘If you’re going to work in this industry, you can’t tell somebody what to do unless you’ve done it yourself,’” says John Crawford, managing member of Kenison, Dudley & Crawford. His parents’ industry was construction, which meant spending a lot of time outdoors and a lot of hard work. “I was on a job site working before I had my driver’s license.” The family’s company built houses through a government program that supported home …

Letting the Witness Have It

Sam Outten had a plan for cross-examination, then gave it away

No trial goes perfectly no matter how well one prepares. Sam Outten learned this the hard way, but takes it in stride, “Sometimes a light-hearted moment during trial is a good thing.” In 2015, Outten was defending a legal malpractice client with now Assistant U.S. Attorney Everett McMillan. The team was huddled with their expert during lunch break on the second day of trial to strategize the cross examination of the plaintiff’s expert witness, University of South Carolina professor John …

Accountant or Tax Lawyer? When Your Illinois Business May Need Legal Expertise

The situations in which a tax attorney may benefit your business

Whenever there is a change to Illinois tax law, your business could be significantly affected. While the extent of the impact will vary on a case-by-case basis, new legislation highlights the importance of knowing when a certified public accountant (CPA) isn’t enough and when businesses should contact a tax lawyer. “Both accountants and tax attorneys could potentially solve and know your tax issues, but generally, a tax attorney may be better informed about proposed changes to …

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