- J.D., University of Southern California, 1995, Order of the Coif
- B.A., University of Southern California, 1986
- Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
Robert Sturgeon is an attorney in the Construction, Environmental, Real Estate and Land Use Litigation practice group in the firm's Los Angeles office.
Areas of Practice
Mr. Sturgeon specializes in construction law and business litigation. His practice encompasses a wide variety of construction and litigation matters, including delay claims, claims for changed work, contract disputes, construction lending disputes, construction defect claims, surety bond claims, mechanics' liens and stop notices, public works issues, bid protests, false claims, claims for design professional negligence, products liability claims, international arbitrations, as well as drafting and negotiation of construction and design contracts. Mr. Sturgeon handles construction matters from initial drafting of construction and design contracts and subcontracts, to advising parties with respect to claims and disputes arising during the design and construction process and their resolution and avoidance, through all facets of the litigation process for claims that proceed to litigation or arbitration.
Representative Construction Matters
County of Orange — represented owner in action against surety for recovery under contractor's performance bond and labor and materials payment bond.
University of Southern California — represented owner and general contractor against claims by subcontractors for additional compensation arising out of construction of a tower addition to the University's cancer institute; and representing the owner on its counterclaims against subcontractors and designers for damages arising from defects in the project.
County of Orange — represented owner in connection with claims for delay and changed work arising from county flood control project, including cross-complaint for false claims.
Bank of America, N.A. – represented lender/owner in connection with claims against design professionals for deficiencies in design of resort hotel project.
County of Orange — represented owner through successful settlement during trial in connection with claims against contractor and performance bond surety for breach of contract and failure of the surety to perform its bond obligations.
City of American Canyon — represented owner in action defending against contractor's claims for additional compensation and prosecuting cross-complaint against contractor for breach of contract.
County of Orange — represented owner against claims by contractor and subcontractor for delay and changed work arising from County jail project, including cross-action against subcontractor for false claims.
Palos Verdes Library District — represented owner in the prosecution of indemnity action following on a prior defect claim by the owner against the contractor, architect and construction manager, and in the defense of the subcontractor's claims for additional compensation.
Parsons Transportation Group Inc. – represented contractor in multiple actions against and/or by subcontractors in connection with claims for delays and/or deficient performance of train control system upgrades on public transit railway projects.
Bank of America, N.A. – represented construction lender in multiple lien and stop notice actions arising from large-scale residential development project in San Diego. Obtained summary judgment and award of attorney’s fees against stop payment notice claimant and successfully defended claimant’s appeal.
Bank of America, N.A. – represented construction lender in consolidated mechanics lien and stop notice actions involving residential development project in the Inland Empire.
Indymac Bank – represented construction lender in stop notice and mechanics lien actions arising from development project in Northern California.
Fluor Corporation — represented design-builder in arbitration with owner concerning a nitrogen production facility in the Gulf of Mexico.
URS Corporation — represented contractor in connection with claims for personal injury arising from project for disposal of ordnance at military sites.
Parsons Engineering Science, Inc. — represented contractor in prosecution of claims against laboratory subconsultant for breach of contract, negligence and fraud in connection with testing of environmental samples.
ARB, Inc. — represented contractor in litigation involving a landfill gas recovery project, including breach of contract, delay and defect claims.
M.A. Mortenson Company — represented contractor in claims brought by various tenants of the Northridge Fashion Center for property damages allegedly suffered during earthquake-related reconstruction.
M.A. Mortenson Company — assisted in defending arbitration claim brought by steel erection subcontractor for Southern California water filtration plant and prosecuted counterclaim; arbitrator's award was to contractor only for all damages sought in counterclaim.
Orangeburg Plastics Company — represented manufacturer in multiple litigations brought by various entities regarding polybutylene pipe in water systems.
Parsons Engineering Science, Inc. — represented contractor in successful defense of bid protest on public contract for design and operation of statewide network of automobile smog testing stations.
Parsons-Dillingham, A Joint Venture — assisted in the defense of the construction manager in numerous actions by property owners and tenants in connection with the construction of the Metro Rail.
Parsons-Dillingham, A Joint Venture — advised construction manager regarding its claims against the owner for failure to make payment for services performed on the Metro Rail project.
Fuji Bank — represented construction lender in defending action by prime contractor arising out of high-rise development in Honolulu.
Greenville Dallas Delaware Inc. — representing owner in connection with defect and delay claims arising out of construction of office project.
Exxon/Mobil Corporation — assisted in litigation of claims by various entities in multi-district MTBE litigation.
Hoffman Video Systems — defended against and successfully settled contractor's claims arising out of construction of a broadcast studio in Korea.
- "New Prevailing-Wage Risks For Calif. Public Works Projects," Law360, January 24, 2014
- "Parsing Arbitration Provisions In Construction Contracts," Law360, January 20, 2012
- "What's Happening in the Arena of Architect/Engineer Liability?" Construction Law Subsection of the Real Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, seminar materials
- "The Death of 'Pay-if-Paid'? – William R. Clarke v. Safeco Insurance Co." Construction Law Subsection of the Real Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, seminar materials
Construction & Infrastructure Law Blog Posts
- "AB 1793 Amends Requirements for Contractors to Establish Substantial Compliance With State Contractor Licensing Requirements," September 7, 2016
- "New California Statutes Potentially Increase Contractors’ and Subcontractors’ Liability Exposure Under the Prevailing Wage Law," December 16, 2013
- "Knowingly Underbidding For Government Contract May Lead to False Claims Liability," December 27, 2012
- Member, Construction Law Subsection, Real Property Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association
- American Bar Association