George D. Calkins II, Esq.

T: 310-392-3044
F: 310-396-7576
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George D. Calkins II, Esq. is recognized for his ability to resolve multi-party disputes involving the engineering of infrastructures such as utilities, freeways and roadways, bridges, water and sewage system facilities, and drainage systems. He is highly sought after settlement officer for closing complex multi-million dollar construction projects that present complicated delay, disruption, extra work, and work quality issues. Such cases often involve complex overlapping and interrelated accounting, technical, construction, management, and design issues. George Calkins has been a leader in effectively concluding closeouts of public works and commercial projects.

George Calkins is an expert in assisting parties and lawyers in their development of construction claims avoidance and risk management techniques. He has a reputation for assisting sophisticated public agencies, hotel entities, and developers in implementing construction claims avoidance techniques involving a mixture of maximizing insurance, customer service and quality control measures. He has resolved hundreds of disputes involving construction means and methods, construction defect claims, and real estate development as well as cases involving complex structural, mechanical, geotechnical, and engineering issues. He has creatively resolved disputes involving major real estate developments, condominiums, hotels, shopping centers, office complexes, single- and multi-family residential projects, school and university buildings, industrial facilities, and other commercial and public buildings.

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Representative Matters
George Calkins has successfully mediated and arbitrated construction cases including the following.

  • Airports
    • John Wayne Airport (SNA), Orange County (runway projects)
    • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Los Angeles County (building construction)
  • Bridge Construction
    • Orange County
  • Building Projects
    • Fresno, California (federal and public housing project closeout)
    • Japantown Peace Plaze, San Francisco (massive leakage)
    • Construction contract closeout, delay, and extra work disputes on commercial and public projects
    • Sophisticated HVAC systems
    • Plumbing methods, techniques and applications in hotels, shopping centers, condominiums, and office buildings
    • Electrical distribution system
  • Engineering
    • Structural; electrical; mechanical; and civil engineering disputes over grading balance, and grading quantity and quality
  • Highways/Roads
    • Toll road/freeway project, Orange County
    • Interstate 5 and 110 Freeway (substantial welding defects)
    • Yolo County, Northern California (road resurfacing)
    • Roadway projects of all kinds, including paving and substrate issues and road structures
    • Seismic and structural claims, such as sizing of beams, adequacy of connections
  • Industrial Projects
    • Water District, Orange County (closeout dispute regarding system performance)
    • Refuge transfer station closeout (Los Angeles)
    • Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura Counties (infrastructure issues, including sewer, storm drain, and water systems)
    • Freeze shoring technology as to sewer replacement project under Los Angeles Harbor
  • Schools
    • Central High School, Los Angeles (construction project)
    • Public school renovation projects, Orange, Los Angeles, and Ventura Counties

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Honors
    • Chambers USA, Califoria Construction Mediator List, 2017
    • Recognized as a leading practitioner, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Who's Who Legal: California, 2016
    • Designated with the highest-level ranking (Band 1) in Construction, Chambers USA, 2015-2016
    • Robert B. Flaig Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement in Construction Law, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2012
    • Recognized as an "excellent mediator," Chambers USA, 2012
    • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2011
    • Selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2010-11
    • Jerrold S. Oliver Award of Excellence, presented at West Coast Casualty Construction Conference for outstanding contribution to the construction community, 2011
  • Memberships
    • Member, Defense Research Institute, the Financial Lawyers Conference
    • Member, Southern California Association of Defense Counsel
    • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
    • Member, Forum Committee of the American Bar Association concerning construction issues
    • Member, AGC Legal Advisory Committee
    • Former member, American Arbitration Association Construction and Specialty Mediation Panels
    • Former member, American Arbitration Association Large Complex Case Panels for Construction and Commercial Arbitration
    • Member, California Public Works Arbitration Program
  • Professional Activities
    • Lecturer on construction law and alternative dispute resolution at UCLA, USC, and the Straus Institute at Pepperdine University School of Law
    • Presenter at regional and national conferences and is widely published on business and construction law, including such topics as design/build contracts, evolving construction liability and damages theories, and creative settlement techniques
    • Participated in drafting legislation on arbitration procedures and has been a leader in developing sophisticated ADR procedures for the construction and business communities
  • ADR Profile
    • "Making Waves," ADR Profile, Daily Journal, November 26, 2010

Background and Education

  • Partner, Cox, Castle & Nicholson, 1980-2008
    • Full-Time Mediator/Arbitrator, 2000-2008
    • Attorney and Part-Time Mediator/Arbitrator, 1994-2000
    • Attorney, 1980-1994
  • Attorney, Spray, Gould & Bowers, 1973-1976
  • J.D., Loyola University School of Law, 1973
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1968


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