Construction Expertise

Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience

    Handled cases involving:
  • Breach of construction contracts
  • Construction defect
  • Delay claims
  • change orders
  • Defective material and workmanship
  • Industry standards
  • Insurance
  • Land use and development
  • Licensing
  • Mechanic's liens
  • Contractors State License Board complaints

Professional Experience

Northrop Corp.: Senior Counsel and Senior Staff Counsel, 1988-1994

Lear Sieglar, Inc.: Senior Counsel and Assistant Secretary, 1981-1987

H.J. Heinz Company, Star-Kist Foods, Inc.: Staff Attorney, 1979-1981

    Handled litigation and transactional matters involving:
  • The drafting, reviewing and negotiating of all types of construction contracts
  • Environmental clean-up and liability
  • Insurance and risk management
  • Construction management, both commercial and residential
  • personal injury and property damage claims
  • delay claims
  • over charging and accounting irregularities

Professional Associations/ Publications/ Speaker/ Trainer

American Institute of Architects, University of Washington (speaker for continuing education)

Construction Specifications Institute, Webinar: "Maintaining Profitability in Construction Operations"

Association for Conflict Resolution

California Center for Construction Eduction, College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (Past Chair, Advisory Panel)

Century City Bar Association (Board of Governors, 1994-Present; Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 1994-Present)

"Reading Architectural Drawings" Trainer- Construction Education Century City Bar Association Program

Contractors State License Boards of California and Nevada (featured speaker on alternative dispute resolution, construction law, contracts drafting, and risk management)

Southern California Mediation Association

"Residential Contractors Guide to Effective Contracts" Course Book, Co-author (California ed. 2004, Nevada ed. 2005)


State Bar of California, 1979

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1979

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1979


California Western School of Law: Juris Doctor, 1979

Loyola Marymount University: Bachelor of Science in Economics, 1976