If lawyers are being honest with themselves, they will acknowledge that contractors can often be successful without attorneys in their back pocket on every issue and project. These successful contractors have learned from bad experiences and from their attorneys, how to approach a contract and specification review like an attorney and without an attorney. This brief article is designed to outline a few tips and tricks that, if used correctly, will leave you looking like a wise old sage. Is there a role, then, for attorneys? Absolutely! We would no more pretend to know how to build every component of a building from the ground up, than you would profess to know several hundred years of legal precedent that must be considered when reviewing contract documents. So let us just start with some basics.