Bob’s practice is limited to alternative dispute resolution services for construction disputes. 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.


As a full-time ADR provider, Bob now focuses exclusively on the mediation and arbitration of construction disputes. He 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.


Bob has been an active mediator and arbitrator of construction disputes for more than 25 years. He is a member of the panel of construction mediators of the American Arbitration Association and the AAA's Large Complex Case Panel. He has completed the Association of Attorney Mediators' mediator training program and various advanced arbitrator training programs sponsored by the American Arbitration Association.


Bob also is certified as an arbitrator for the Public Works Contract Arbitration Program.


  • 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 ADR Experience


Successfully  mediated  multi‐party  construction  claims  and  disputes  arising  from  construction  of  school projects, including disputed change orders, delay and disruption, extended overhead, and prompt payment penalty claims and defective work and liquidated damages counterclaims.


Successfully mediated differing site condition claim by contractor against city on a sewer pipeline project.


Successfully mediated disputes between design professional and school district.


Successfully mediated disputes between water district, prime contractor, design engineer, and subcontractors arising from a tunneling project.


Arbitrated disputes between owner, prime contractor and subcontractors arising from commercial building project.


Arbitrated disputes between prime contractor and subcontractor arising from Caltrans bridge project.


Arbitrated disputes between solar contractor and supplier of solar panel racking systems.


Arbitrated disputes between prime contractor and city arising from airport runway project.


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




  • Best Lawyers in America (2012-2020)

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

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

  • Northern California Super Lawyers (2004, 2008-2020)

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

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