Kenneth C. Gibbs, Esq.

T: 213-620-1133
F: 213-620-0100

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

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Honors
    • Designated with the highest level ranking (Band 1) in Construction, Chambers USA, 2005-2017
    • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2011-2017
    • Selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2004-2017
    • 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: California, 2009-2017 
    • Recognized as a Top 40 California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2008 and 2011 
  • Memberships
    • 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
    • Author of numerous construction law publications, co-author of Construction Change Order Claims, 2nd Ed., Aspen Law and Business, 2005; co-author of California Construction Law, Aspen Law and Business, 2011; Board of Editors, California Construction Law Reporter, Shepards McGraw-Hill 
    • 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

Background and Education

  • 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


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