Nate Budde

Chief Legal Officer at Levelset

Location:

Louisiana

About Nate Budde
Nate Budde is Chief Legal Officer at Levelset in New Orleans, LA. Along with being a husband and father, Nate is a licensed attorney in Louisiana and Texas. Nate began his legal career assisting with disputes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and now helps contractors and suppliers get payment documents under control, facilitate smooth payments, and work out successful projects. Nate helps construction participants get paid faster through promoting visibility and collaboration.

Nate has written for many publications, and is a member of CFMA's Publications Advisory Group. Nate earned a BA from Stanford University and JD from Tulane Law School, and has been honored as a Top General Counsel in the U.S.
Recent articles by Nate Budde

4 Steps to Manage GC Liability for Subs’ Employee Wages and Benefits

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  Having confidence in Human Resource (“HR”) processes is important for any business, and this is especially true in construction where there is GC liability for wages all the way... Read more


How to File A California Mechanics Lien – Step By Step Guide To Get You Paid

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How to file a Mechanics Lien in California. Read this step-by-step guide that goes through all of the steps required to file a mechanics lien in the state of California. Read more


Georgia Notice of Commencement – What Information Is Essential?

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When a Notice of Commencement filing is required, these documents can have a significant impact on both parties throughout the payment chain, and the property itself. Notices of commencement are... Read more


Arizona Lien Waiver Through Date: Mistakes Can Result In Lost Lien Rights

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Arizona has statutory lien waiver forms, but they are still complex. Making a mistake with the lien waiver “through date” can lead to lost lien rights. Read more


Filing a Lien on a Project with Multiple Properties

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Mechanics liens can be the last line of defense standing between a construction participant and nonpayment. But with all of the specific, technical, and confusing rules and requirements that potential... Read more


Defending a Payment Bond Claim – Mistakes to Avoid

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Just like for bond claimants, bond defenders should also make it routine practice to retain information that would be beneficial in the event a claim is made. Just like the... Read more


Improper Lien Filed on Your Property? Here’s What to Do

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Pennsylvania mechanics lien law (along with that of many other states) provides for a procedure for contesting a lien claim that does not comply with the mechanics lien act. In... Read more


How to Get Paid If You Didn’t Send Preliminary Notice

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Mechanics liens provide construction participants with some of the strongest protection available to ensure payment on every project. But in order to qualify for a valid and enforceable lien, certain... Read more


Will Filing a Mechanics Lien Stop Foreclosure?

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Parties sometimes turn to a mechanics lien filing in an attempt to stop or slow down a sale or mortgage foreclosure (on their or a family member’s property) – even... Read more


If Mechanics Lien Rights are Lost, Can a Subcontractor File a Lawsuit Against the Owner for Payment?

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One of the mechanics lien’s powers is the ability to provide the claimant with multiple avenues to recovery – it gets more skin in the game. Usually, if a party... Read more


Wait, I Need to ‘Perfect’ My Lien? What’s That?

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The documents surrounding construction payment – and construction payment disputes – pay-apps, notices, waivers, liens, and more, must meet complicated and complex requirements and deadlines. Navigating this complexity can be even... Read more


Lien Rights for Material Suppliers: First Furnishing Date Delivery Date or Shipping Date? Does it Matter for Lien Deadlines?

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Deadlines are of critical importance for potential mechanics lien claimants. Missing a deadline can mean the difference between being able to file an enforceable mechanics lien, and not being able... Read more


Where to Send Preliminary Notice if the Property Owner has Multiple Addresses

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Preliminary notice requirements were developed to benefit project owners by providing them with important information, such as the identities of all the companies working on the project. This information was... Read more


Confusing Dates: What’s the Difference Between Date of Last Furnishing and Date of Substantial Completion?

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The right to encumber and ultimately force the sale of somebody else’s property – mechanics lien rights in a nutshell – is a hugely powerful right. Since this right was... Read more


What’s the ‘Date Labor or Materials Last Delivered’ and How Can I Prove It?

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One of the specific rules the must be followed is that mechanics liens need to be filed within a certain time-period in order to be valid and enforceable. These deadlines are... Read more


Do Pay-When-Paid Clauses or Payment Terms Influence Construction Notice or Mechanics Lien Deadlines?

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Deadlines change from project to project depending on location, role, change orders, and more. Even things like determining what actually qualifies as the first or last furnishing date, or the... Read more


Can the GC or Property Owner Limit My Mechanics Lien Rights by Contract?

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In some cases, the property owner or GC will attempt to limit the availability of mechanics liens by including “no lien” clauses, or pre-emptive waivers of lien rights in their... Read more


A Public Entity Hired Me on a Construction Project – What Happens If I Don’t Get Paid?

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Generally, the parties protected by the bond are the “remote” or downstream project participants. But this protection only extends so far – for example, suppliers to suppliers are usually not... Read more


What Do I Do If I Miss a Preliminary Notice Deadline?

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Mechanics liens are one of the construction industry’s most powerful tools to get paid. But in order to remain in a position to file a valid mechanics lien, there can... Read more


I’m on a Construction Project and the Property Was Sold. What Happens to my Lien Rights?

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The complex web of participants means that payment issues arise more often than it seems like they should, and companies all look to best position themselves to get paid on... Read more

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