ROBERT W. O'CONNOR

 

As an advocate, Bob represented owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, and design professionals in connection with a wide variety of public works and private construction projects.  He also has been a speaker on various construction law and alternative dispute resolution topics for the California Continuing Education of the Bar, the American Arbitration Association, and the Associated General Contractors of California.

As a full-time alternative dispute resolution provider, Bob now focuses exclusively on the arbitration of construction disputes.  He has been an active arbitrator of construction disputes for more than 25 years.

 

Bob is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Large Complex Case Panel.  He also is certified as an arbitrator for the California Public Works Contract Arbitration Program.

Education

  • J.D., Order of the Coif, University of Oregon School of Law (1975)

  • B.A., with highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa, University of California,
    Santa Barbara (1972)

Bar / Court Admissions

  • Oregon State Bar 1975 (inactive 2016)

  • California State Bar 1980

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

  • U.S. District for the District Court of Oregon

Representative Arbitration Experience

 

Arbitrated disputes between prime contractor and subcontractor arising from Caltrans bridge project.  (Sole arbitrator)

 

Arbitrated disputes between solar contractor and supplier of solar panel racking systems. (Member, Panel of 3 AAA Arbitrators)

 

Arbitrated disputes between prime contractor and city arising from airport runway project. (OAH Arbitrator)

 

Arbitrated disputes between prime contractor and county arising from road realignment project, including differing site condition and delay claims. 
(OAH Arbitrator)

 

Arbitrated disputes between prime contractor and CIDH pile subcontractor arising from complex Caltrans project in an urban setting.  (Member, Panel of 3 AAA Arbitrators)

 

Arbitrated disputes between developer and geotechnical engineering firm arising from large subdivision project in Arizona.  (Member, Panel of 3 AAA Arbitrators)

 

Arbitrated disputes between prime contractor and owner arising from the construction of a major new exhibit at a large ZOO.  (Member, Panel of 3 AAA Arbitrators)

 

Arbitrated disputes between prime contractor and owner arising from large expansion project at Native American casino complex.  (Chair, Panel of 3 AAA Arbitrators)

 

Arbitrated disputes between two joint venture partners arising from four separate projects at Los Angeles International Airport.  (Chair, Panel of 3 AAA Arbitrators)

 

Honors

 

  • Best Lawyers in America (2012-2021)

  • Best Lawyers' 2014 Sacramento Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year"

  • Best Lawyers' 2018 Sacramento Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year"

  • Best Lawyers' 2021 Sacramento Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year"

  • Northern California Super Lawyers (2004, 2008-2021)

  • Top Rated Lawyers in Construction Law, The American Lawyer (2012)

  • San Francisco’s Top-Rated Lawyers (2012)