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Construction Law

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Services & Industries >> Construction Law

Whether viewed from a business or a legal perspective, a major construction project is one of the most complex endeavors a company or individual can undertake.

Allen Matkins construction law attorneys have vast experience handling transactional aspects of major private and public construction projects, as well as resolving disputes arising from the construction process. Allen Matkins is honored to be recognized as one of the top construction law practices in California by Chambers USA.

We serve clients in the construction industry on projects with budgets ranging from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of millions of dollars. We work on design and construction of public works projects, publicly financed projects, and private development projects.

Allen Matkins has extensive experience handling all aspects of major public and private construction projects, from initial bidding and contracting through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation of disputes.

Our primary areas of focus include:

We have worked with clients on all major steps of the construction process, including:
  • Development (early stages)
  • Construction finance agreements
  • Consulting agreements
  • Design agreements
  • Requests for proposals
  • Bid documents
  • Construction
  • Construction agreements
  • General contractor and subcontractor agreements
  • Construction-related dispute resolution (during or post-construction)
  • Negotiation
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Litigation


Chambers USA 2018 has ranked Allen Matkins as the number one real estate law firm in California for the 17th consecutive year. Our Construction Group, Labor & Employment Group and Environmental Group were ranked again this year in California.

Jeffrey A. Chine acts as General Counsel for the Building Industry Association of San Diego County and chairs its Legal Action Committee.

The 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America recognized 32 Allen Matkins attorneys. In addition to the individual acknowledgements, Allen Matkins received Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings in the 2019 edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers' "Best Law Firms" for Litigation-Construction in San Diego; and Litigation-Tax
and Real Estate Law in Los Angeles.

The Building Industry Association of San Diego recognized Heather S. Riley as the Best Builder Associate of the Year in 2011.

  • Market commentators noted the group's 'high intellect and sound business instincts'"
    - Chambers USA 2013
  • The type of firm that works harder than most on relationships."
    - Chambers USA 2012


Hartney Mark R

Mark R. Hartney


Los Angeles

(213) 955-5588