Kenneth Gibbs

Kenneth C. Gibbs, Esq.

JAMS Mediator and Neutral Evaluator

Case Manager
Erica Wu
T: 213-253-9793
F: 213-620-0100
555 W. 5th St., 32nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013


Mr. Gibbs has resolved numerous energy matters throughout his career, first as an attorney and now as an ADR specialist. Mr. Gibbs has been involved in the resolution of disputes regarding the construction and operation of nuclear, geothermal, coal, hydro and natural gas electrical generating plants and natural gas pipelines.

Mr. Gibbs is much attuned to the financial, political and other pressures facing parties in energy disputes and can quickly assess the strengths, weaknesses, and nuances of a case. He gives his undivided attention to resolving each case, a requisite to resolving particularly complex, multi-party disputes.

Representative Matters

  • Mediation and arbitration arising from construction of nuclear plants in Georgia and California
  • Mediation of disputes arising from oil rig explosions
  • Arbitration of issues arising from conversion of electric generating plant in Pennsylvania from coal to natural gas
  • Mediation of several cases involving fires and explosions in oil refineries
  • Mediation of disputes arising from construction of natural gas pipeline from Louisiana to Texas
  • Mediation of disputes arising from construction of 695mw coal burning electrical generating plant in West Virginia
  • Mediation of construction of hydroelectrical plant in Mexico
  • Arbitration of disputes arising from 600 mw petcoke (Petroleum coke) burning electrical generating plant in Louisiana
  • Dispute resolution relating to construction of major geothermal electrical generating plant in California
  • Mediation of disputes arising from wind farm construction in California
  • Mediation of dispute between utility and major refinery regarding fluctuations of amperage supplied by utility

Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.


  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Mediation Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2023
  • Included on "National Mediators" list, Chambers USA, 2021-2022
  • Designated with the highest level ranking in Construction, Chambers USA, 2005-2022
  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2011-2022
  • Selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2004-2022
  • Robert Flaig Award, Construction Subsection of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2009 
  • Recognized as a leading practitioner, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Who's Who Legal: Construction, 2009-2022 
  • Recognized as a Top 40 California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2008 and 2011 


  • Fellow, The American College of Construction Lawyers 
  • Member, State Bar of California, Real Property Section, Construction Law Subsection 
  • Member, State Board of Directors, Associated General Contractors of California, 1989-1991 
  • Member, American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section 
  • Member, American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry 
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Real Property Section and Construction Law Subsection 
  • Arbitrator, State of California Public Works Arbitration Panel 
  • Former member, Large and Complex Case Panel, American Arbitration Association 

Professional Activities

  • Co-author of California Construction Law, 19th Edition, Wolters Kluwer, 2021
  • Author of numerous construction law publications, co-author of Construction Change Order Claims, 2nd Ed., Aspen Law and Business, 2005 
  • Speaks nationally on various construction law topics at leading seminars and conferences, including Principal Speaker at:
    • West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar, 2004-2006
    • Construction Law Super Conference, 1991, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2017
    • Law Seminars, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1988-2001
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, 2000-2008 

ADR Profile

  • Founding Partner, Gibbs, Giden, Locher, & Turner LLP, 1988-2006
  • Partner, Wickwire, Gavin & Gibbs, 1978-1988
  • Partner, Most, Bertram & Gibbs, 1976-1978
  • Associate, Most & Bertram, 1974-1976
  • J.D., University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Law School
  • A.B., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, Berkeley

Counsel Comments

    • "The dean of construction dispute resolution."

      -Chambers USA, 2021
    • "When it comes to multi-party mediations, his name always comes up. He is someone that all sides will respect and take what he says in mind."

      -Chambers USA, 2021
    • "He is my go-to guy; he gets cases settled well and I like his mediation style."

      -Chambers USA, 2021
    • "He understands the issues and with almost every subject matter you come across, he's good at telling you the likely outcome."

      -Chambers USA, 2021
    • "...thank you again for your excellent help last week in getting this matter resolved. We really appreciate your approach and it was clear that our client trusted you enough to be very open and candid early in the day. I'm grateful that we selected you as the mediator."

      -Client, 2021
    • "Kenneth Gibbs of JAMS is renowned for his skills as a mediator and arbitrator on both a national and international level. He is hugely experienced in construction disputes with a particular focus on engineering issues."

      -Chambers USA, 2018
    • "As a mediator he cuts to the chase and pushes both sides to settlement by reason and logic."

      -Chambers USA, 2017
    • "Universally acclaimed as one of the best practitioners out there."

      - Chambers USA, 2016
    • “[A] go-to person for construction matters involving arbitration or mediation.” 

      - Chambers USA, 2015
    • "Did an absolutely fantastic job in extremely trying circumstances" 

      - Client, 2009




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