Performance bonds on a construction project can be a valuable asset to owners and contractors in dealing with defaulting contractors or subcontractors. However, the language of the bond is often filled with unfamiliar language and will require strict compliance in order to trigger the surety’s involvement. A misstep in complying with the terms of the performance bond can deprive the owner or contractor of the benefits the performance bond was meant to provide. Metcalf and Spitler have successfully assisted its owner and contractor clients in navigating the often treacherous waters of the performance bond process and have assisted performance bond sureties in addressing those issues from the other side. The experience of representing clients on both sides of these disputes gives Metcalf and Spitler a unique perspective that serves its clients well when performance bond claims become an issue.