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


Kenneth C. Gibbs, Esq. is one of the leading construction neutrals in the United States with an expertise in mediating and arbitrating international construction, real estate, insurance, surety, and business disputes involving major commercial projects. He is well known for his ability to establish great rapport with clients and for his persistence in bringing parties together, which have included clients based in North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He gives his undivided attention to resolving each case, a requisite to resolving particularly complex, multi-party disputes.

Recognized by the legal publication Chambers USA as a "construction law guru" and “a leading figure in the field of mediation,” Ken Gibbs has been awarded with its highest level ranking of “Band 1” for construction. He understands the financial, political, and other pressures facing the parties in construction and infrastructure disputes, and quickly assesses the strengths, weaknesses, and nuances of a case.

Representative Matters

  • Breach of contract matter involving alleged defective construction work performed by British-based construction company for California public school district
  • Claims between British-based construction company and public transportation department involving lost productivity and road-lane closure penalties
  • Dispute between construction joint venture, consisting of global Japanese construction company and American mechanical firm, and United States-based public utility
  • Dispute involving cost overrun claims in construction of gold mine in Mexico 
  • Matter involving American contractor’s claims against Iraqi subcontractor over allegedly defective construction of police training barracks
  • Mediated $10 million (USD) builders’ risk insurance claim against several European insurance carriers 
  • Mediated dispute between American-Japanese joint construction venture and U.S.-based public utility company over utility’s withholding of $3.5 million (USD) for purported defective work and alleged liquidated damages
  • Mediated dispute between cruise line operator and Canadian marine architecture and engineering firm over whether design for cruise vessel structure met contractual obligations 
  • Mediated subcontractor claims against Japanese general contractor over failure to pay for materials and equipment supplied in construction project
  • Mediation and arbitration of cross claims between architect and global engineering firm arising out of project consulting services
  • Mediation involving delays and cost overruns regarding U.S.-based milk processing plant designed and constructed by European contractor
  • Mediator for dispute between California city and subsidiary of European civil engineering firm
  • Mediator for dispute between general contractor of major American power generating plant and Japanese turbine manufacturer

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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