From airports and apartment buildings, to schools and solar farms, Wendel Rosen has paved the way for some of the most important and iconic projects shaping the skyline in California and beyond. Our construction practice group connects deep experience and insight to assist clients in legal issues from project inception to completion.

Who We Serve

We represent clients in nearly every aspect of design and construction, including owners, developers, architects, engineers, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, equipment lessors, sureties and insurers. Our diverse experience informs a thorough understanding of construction issues from a variety of perspectives.

Broad Project Experience

Our work spans a wide range of public and private projects, from mixed-use developments to high-tech manufacturing facilities. The projects we’ve assisted clients with include construction of airports, apartments, bridges, commercial buildings, highways, hospitals, military bases, ports, power plants, prisons, residential developments, retail buildings, schools, solar farms, universities and water projects.

Tailored Client Services

Our attorneys work closely with clients to understand their unique project needs. Wendel Rosen offers the resources to solve construction legal issues from project formation through project closeout, as well as related business, land use, real estate, employment and other issues. Frequent matters addressed include:

  • Contractor licensing
  • Pre-qualification
  • Local preferences
  • MBE/WBE/DVBE
  • Bid protests
  • Subcontractor substitutions
  • Prevailing wage issues
  • Contract drafting and negotiations
  • Green building
  • Performance and payment issues
  • Defect, delay and acceleration claims
  • Mechanics liens
  • Stop notice and bond claims
  • Abandonment and termination
  • False claims
  • Liquidated damages
  • Indemnity and insurance issues

 

 

Publications

Impacts of the Bay Area Shelter-In-Place Orders on Development and Related Litigation

Impacts of the Bay Area Shelter-In-Place Orders on Development and Related Litigation

03/19/2020 | Client Update

As of March 18, 2020, eleven Bay Area and neighboring counties have issued Shelter-in-Place orders, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and…

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The Wendel Report: Construction and Infrastructure Update, February 2018

The Wendel Report: Construction and Infrastructure Update, February 2018

02/28/2018 | Construction Practice Newsletter

2018 California Construction Law Update During the first year of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session, while much political attention was focused on several California laws that could be viewed as California’s…

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California Court Broadly Interprets Insurance Policy’s “Liability Arising Out of” Language

California Court Broadly Interprets Insurance Policy’s “Liability Arising Out of” Language

12/18/2017 | Gary A. Barrera

In McMillin Mgmt. Servs. v. Financial Pacific Ins. Co., Cal.Ct.App. (4th Dist.), Docket No. D069814 (filed 11/14/17), the California Court of Appeal held that the term “liability arising out of,” as used…

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Date Category Publication Title
09/11/2017 Blog Post Gary A. Barrera California Court of Appeal: Inserting The Phrase “Ongoing Operations” In An Additional Endorsement Is Not Enough to Preclude Coverage for Completed Operations
08/28/2017 Blog Post Gary A. Barrera What You Need to Know About Additional Insured Endorsements
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08/28/2017 Publication Gary Barrera What You Need to Know About Additional Insured Endorsements
07/25/2017 Publication Construction Practice Newsletter The Wendel Report: Construction and Infrastructure Update, July 2017
07/18/2017 Publication Garret D. Murai California’s New Public Works Claims Resolution Process
07/18/2017 Publication Garret D. Murai CSLB Releases New Forms and Announces New Fees
07/18/2017 Publication Garret D. Murai The Mechanics of Mechanics Liens
07/18/2017 Publication Garret D. Murai Trump, Infrastructure and the Construction Industry
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01/20/2017 Publication William C. Acevedo Cannabis Banking _ (Perhaps) There Is An App For That
01/18/2017 Publication Garret D. Murai 2017 California Construction Law Update
01/18/2017 Publication Construction Practice 2017 Construction Outlook: Slow, Mature Growth
01/18/2017 Publication Construction Practice An Owner’s Guide to Notices of Completion, Cessation and Non-Responsibility
01/18/2017 Publication Construction Practice It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. No, it’s a Drone. Long Awaited FAA Drone Regulations Finally Take Flight
08/24/2016 Publication Construction Practice Newsletter The Wendel Report: Construction and Infrastructure Update, August 2016
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08/17/2016 Publication Construction Practice “Do Change Orders Need to be In Writing?” and Other Things That Might Surprise You.
08/17/2016 Publication Construction Practice Is it the End of Lease-Leasebacks as We Know it?
08/17/2016 Publication Construction Practice Is it the Dawning of the Age of Strict Products Liability for California Contractors?
01/25/2016 Publication Wendel Rosen LLP California Supreme Court Shifts Gears on “Reverse CEQA”
10/01/2015 Publication Oakland Business Review Three Common Construction Contracts
03/26/2015 Publication Construction Practice Newsletter 2015 Construction Law Update
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03/26/2015 Publication Construction Practice Newsletter A Beacon for Homeowners and HOAs. Not So Much for Design Professionals
03/26/2015 Publication Construction Practice Newsletter Anatomy of an Indemnity Provision
03/26/2015 Publication Construction Practice Newsletter Art Dao, Executive Director of the ACTC, Speaks at the Wendel Rosen Breakfast Forum
03/26/2015 Publication Construction Practice Newsletter Broad-Based Expansion for the Construction Industry Expected in 2015
03/26/2015 Publication Construction Practice Newsletter Department of Industrial Relation’s New Registration Program for Public Works Projects
03/26/2015 Publication Construction Practice Newsletter Just for Fun: The Stuff of Novels
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03/26/2015 Publication Construction Practice Newsletter You’ve Just Become Your Brother’s Keeper
09/01/2014 Publication California Constructor Evolving Storm Water Requirements Emphasize Long-Term Benefits
01/17/2014 Publication California Constructor Just When You Thought You Knew The Rules

Events

Emerging Owner Roadblocks to Getting to a Decision on the Merits

Emerging Owner Roadblocks to Getting to a Decision on the Merits

09/06/2019 | Associated General Contractors of California

Construction attorney Quinlan Tom will speak at the “Emerging Owner Roadblocks to Getting to a Decision on the Merits” on September 6, 2019 at the Legal Advisory Committee –Associated General…

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Construction Defect

Construction Defect

04/26/2018 | Alameda County Bar Association

Wendel Rosen Construction attorney Gary Barrera will present, “Construction Defect,” on Thursday, April 26th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at Alameda County Bar Association’s office. Location  Alameda County Bar…

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Top Ten Construction and Design Provisions Every Owner, Tenant, Contractor and Design Professional Should Understand

Top Ten Construction and Design Provisions Every Owner, Tenant, Contractor and Design Professional Should Understand

04/17/2018 | Wendel Rosen Client Seminar

Wendel Rosen attorney Gary Barrera co-presented at the client seminar, “Top Ten Construction and Design Provisions Every Owner, Tenant, Contractor and Design Professional Should Understand” on Tuesday, April 17, 2018,…

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Date Category Host Title
10/05/2017 Sponsorship Bisnow The Future of Oakland
11/10/2016 Sponsorship Bisnow Oakland Construction & Development: The Boom Continues!
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09/27/2016 Seminar Wendel Rosen Client Seminar Infrastructure Forum: What Would $3.5 Billion Do for BART’s Infrastructure?
05/12/2015 Seminar Wendel Rosen Client Seminar Wrap Traps: Wrap Insurance for Construction Projects
03/12/2015 Seminar Wendel Rosen Seminar 8 Billion – What Will It Do for Alameda County and the Region?
10/30/2014 Seminar Wendel Rosen Seminar The Next Decade of Transportation in the East Bay and Beyond
09/05/2012 Seminar Green California Community College Summit Practical Necessities and Preparation Requirements for Successful Solar Projects

News

Zack Wasserman Discusses Impacts of Sea Level Rise

Zack Wasserman Discusses Impacts of Sea Level Rise

02/20/2020 | NBC Bay Area

Wendel attorney Zack Wasserman offers expert analysis in an NBC Bay Area piece on the threat that rising sea level poses to neighborhoods and major construction projects in the Bay…

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Gary Barrera Reviews Insurance Basics for Construction Startups

Gary Barrera Reviews Insurance Basics for Construction Startups

11/11/2019 | Construction Executive

Wendel Rosen Partner Gary A. Barrera breaks down the different types of insurance available to new construction businesses in his Construction Executive article titled “Insurance for Construction Startups.” Gary explains…

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Wendel Rosen Scores Seven “Tier 1” Rankings on Best Lawyers 2020 Best Law Firms List

Wendel Rosen Scores Seven “Tier 1” Rankings on Best Lawyers 2020 Best Law Firms List

11/01/2019 | Wendel Rosen LLP

Wendel Rosen LLP has been named to the list of 2020 Best Law Firms by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. The firm is recognized in the categories of…

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Date Category Publication Title
08/19/2019 Press Release Wendel Rosen  Wendel Rosen Lands 12 in 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
11/20/2017 Press Release   Wendel Rosen Receives Five “Tier 1” on Best Lawyers 2018 Best Law Firms List
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07/06/2017 Press Release   Gary Barrera Joins Wendel Rosen’s Insurance Practice Group
12/15/2015 Press Release   Wendel Rosen Bolsters Trusts and Estates and Construction Practices with Trio of New Attorneys