Construction

As a natural complement to our real estate development practice, our construction attorneys represent the owners and developers of some of San Francisco's most high-profile real estate projects.

When working on matters such as the award-winning California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park and the highly anticipated expansion of the iconic San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, our attorneys bring a unique understanding of design and construction in the context of the entire real estate development process, from conceptual project planning to entitlement to construction financing, and ultimately through project completion.

When projects don't proceed as planned, our seasoned construction lawyers and litigators have extensive experience in resolving construction-related disputes; in fact, prior to coming to the practice of law, Coblentz name partner, Richard Patch, worked as a journeyman carpenter and oversaw construction sites, experience which informs his work at our firm to this day.

Transactional

Coblentz construction law practice has represented clients in the procurement of hundreds of millions of dollars of construction and design services over the last several years.

In addition to our large-scale public projects, our construction attorneys routinely counsel clients in connection with design and construction contracts for office tenant improvement projects, mixed-use and multi-family housing, and unique residential projects in the Bay Area and throughout California.

Litigation

We currently represent public and private owners and developers in construction litigation, but because we’ve also handled litigation for construction companies, we understand both sides of the matters our clients present. We use this depth of knowledge to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively guiding our clients to successful outcomes in matters involving construction defects, liens, contract remedies, structural failures, project management, billing disputes and disruption to adjacent properties. We have particular insight into the problems our clients face with the rise in disputes involving delay and scheduling conflicts, disputes that can threaten to derail multimillion-dollar projects.

Because these disputes are factually intensive and involve multiple parties, they often lend themselves to resolution through mediation, arbitration, and other alternative dispute mechanisms, all of which our attorneys are highly skilled in performing. For example, in some cases, all that is required to resolve a dispute is to convene the parties' expert consultants, inspect the site, and develop a plan of repair. In others, intervention by a third party neutral mediator can lead to a compromise solution.

Compromise, however, is not always possible or preferable, and our construction attorneys have developed substantial experience in the trial of construction disputes, working closely with recognized experts in the fields of geotechnical, mechanical, structural and civil engineering, architecture, and project management.

Case Studies

California Academy of Sciences...

The California Academy of Sciences is the oldest natural history museum on the West Coast, a world-class research institution and cultural icon in the City and County of San Francisco. When the Academy decided to rebuild its historic headquarters in Golden Gate Park,...

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art...

Coblentz attorneys recently negotiated an agreement with the Norway-based architecture firm, Snohetta, for the design of the highly anticipated expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Our attorneys are also representing the Museum in connection with the...

Dinwiddie Construction Company v. Blue...

Coblentz represented the owner and developer of the Levi Plaza in a dispute with the general contractor involving a claim for approximately $2.3 million dollars based primarily on alleged changed conditions at the construction site. The dispute was resolved before the...

Rafael Town Center Investors v. The...

Coblentz attorneys represented the owner and developer of a mixed-use retail, commercial, and residential development in the center of the City of San Rafael in connection with disputes with the general contractor and multiple subcontractors regarding construction defects,...

Citicorp Real Estate v. 1776 West...

Coblentz represented Citicorp, the owner/developer in the prosecution of an action against the general contractor (Webcor) for massive water infiltration due to defects in the installation of the exterior skin on a mixed-use (commercial/retail) project. The contractor,...