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As part of the construction industry's leading edge, our Chambers USA Band 1 ranked Construction Group delivers tailored solutions to serve our clients' business goals. Whether negotiating a state-of-the-art project or resolving a contentious dispute, our attorneys draw from a deep base of experience and a genuine passion for the design and construction industry to pragmatically apply best practices while serving clients’ interests regionally, nationally, or internationally.

In this dynamic field, we understand that not every project ends well and aggressive advocacy is sometimes required. We have prosecuted and defended major construction claims, including delay, loss of efficiency, default termination, surety, licensing, mechanics' lien, and stop notice claims.

We also know how to leverage technology and AI to efficiently analyze and manage the vast quantities of digital information generated on a modern construction project. Further, we understand that insurance often plays a central role in construction disputes and we have considerable experience with construction insurance coverage and indemnity claims. These include general liability, errors and omissions, builders risk, OCIP/CCIP, subcontractor default, and environmental contamination claims. We also recognize that disputes are often best resolved without litigation, and have long used mediation and arbitration successfully, when appropriate.

Our Construction Group is complemented by attorneys in the firm’s related groups, including labor and employment, business, environmental, real estate, insurance recovery, general litigation, and public agency. This close collaboration allows the firm to provide a broad spectrum of specialized legal services tailored to the construction industry.


•    Highway and light rail
•    Tunnels and pipelines
•    Hospital and health care
•    Clean and waste water treatment
•    Educational and government
•    Coastal and marine
•    Geotechnical and environmental
•    Commercial and industrial
•    Sustainability practice with LEED®-accredited professionals
•    High-density residential

Our attorneys have also helped develop processes and standards for Building Information Modeling (BIM), Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), and Lean Construction. Along with sustainability, these are among the most significant developments in the AEC industry. We also have significant experience in other alternative project delivery systems such as design-build and public/private partnerships (P3).

Representative Clients

These include public and private owners, general contractors, architects, engineers, and specialty subcontractors, some of which are ENR Top 100 contractors and ENR Top 50 designers.

•    ABB, Inc
•    Airco Mechanical, Inc.
•    Auburn Constructors, Inc.
•    Autodesk, Inc.
•    Build Group, Inc.
•    California Department of General Services
•    Cook Children's Hospital
•    East Bay Municipal Water District
•    Fremont-Rideout Health Group
•    Frank M. Booth, Inc.
•    Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District
•    Haworth
•    HDR Architecture & Engineering
•    HOK
•    J.F. Shea Construction, Inc.
•    KCS West, Inc.
•    Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.
•    Kingston Construction
•    Knife River Corporation
•    Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
•    MaineGeneral Healthcare
•    Myers & Sons Construction
•    Otto Construction
•    Prologis
•    Roebbelen Contracting, Inc.
•    ROMA Design Group
•    Royal Electric Company
•    San Mateo County Transit District
•    S.D. Deacon Corp. of California
•    State of California, Department of Corrections
•    Sutter Health
•    Syblon Reid
•    Teichert Aggregates
•    Teichert Construction
•    Terra Insurance Company
•    Tsakopoulos Investments
•    UCSF Medical Center
•    URS Corporation 

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Michelle Akerman
San Francisco, CA

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