• Construction and Public Works

    Construction Dispute Resolution

    When disputes arise between contractors, subcontractors and public and private property owners regarding construction, public works, infrastructure and transportation projects, Manatt litigators know how to resolve them. We also understand the importance of precisely documenting contract modifications and change orders during contract performance. We have resolved claims involving:

    • Breach of contract
    • Defective design
    • Defective workmanship and equipment
    • Termination for convenience or default
    • Acceleration, delay, disruption and interference
    • Loss of efficiency
    • Extended labor/equipment/overhead pricing
    • Differing site conditions

    Public Private Partnerships

    With the public pushing for investment in innovative transportation solutions, there are big opportunities in lucrative public-private partnerships, but also myriad legal issues to address. We have been intimately involved in some of the most significant construction projects of the past several years, including hospitals, rail systems, bridges and skyscrapers, called upon for our decades of experience and extensive contacts in government and the real estate sector. Our attorneys can help you make the most of the coming P3 opportunities, as well as help you turn around existing projects that have encountered roadblocks.


    Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA). PHS/SPCA needed to build a new home for its animal adoption services; however, the project was at a virtual standstill due to eight lawsuits that were filed by well-funded, neighboring property owners trying to stop it. Manatt attorneys had coordinated the successful defense of those lawsuits, including on appeal, and the sale of the property in question closed within 14 months of our being retained. PHS/SPCA broke ground on construction of its facility in 2009.

    Union Pacific Corp. We represented Union Pacific in five related lawsuits connected to the proposed reconstruction of a section of the I-880 freeway in Oakland, Calif., following structural damage caused by the Loma Prieta earthquake. The cases included three condemnation suits, a quiet title action and a breach of contract suit.

    Anthony Forest Products Co. We are special counsel to Anthony Forest Products Co., a leader in the engineered wood products sector, in a construction defect action brought by LPC Union Apartments, the developer of an apartment project in downtown Los Angeles, against our client and dozens of other defendants.

    Local Historical Trust and Prominent Recording Artist. On behalf of a local historical trust and a prominent recording artist, we filed an action in a California state court against an out-of-state property developer that we claimed violated a restrictive covenant in its construction of a large commercial complex. The case went to mediation, where we convinced the developer to make all nine of the construction/design changes required by the covenant.

    Turkish Construction Company. Our lawyers successfully resolved a criminal investigation of a Turkish construction company in connection with a very high-profile project—a new park in Manhattan—that the company is building.

    Attorneys & Professionals

    Feinrider, Nancy K. New York 212.830.7194
    Gordon, Michael New York 212.790.4603
    Grodzinski, Ron New York 212.830.7160
    Lee, Barry W. San Francisco 415.291.7450
    Osaki, Keli N. Orange County 714.371.2539
    Polan, Steven M. New York 212.830.7292
    Rochman, Harvey L. Los Angeles 310.312.4104

    Construction and Public Works

    Selected Clients

    • AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc.
    • Kajima U.S.A., Inc.
    • Lowe Enterprises, Inc.
    • Tetra Tech