THE FIRM This preeminent firm is considered an excellent one-stop shop for construction work. Its practice goes hand in hand with its project development, insurance, environmental and land use expertise. As such, the group is able to handle a broad range of claims on behalf of its developer and construction clients, aided by its excellent trial, dispute resolution and arbitration experience. Significant work highlights include advising Hokuli`a Community Association in relation to claims arising from the development of a master-planned community in Hawaii. Notable clients of the firm also include GE, the Port of Oakland and the County of Alameda.
Sources say: “Farella Braun + Martel is top-drawer, professional and responsive."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Deborah Ballati is both well known and highly respected. She is a favorite among peers, and clients note that she has a “broad and deep understanding of both insurance and construction law.” She wins particular acclaim for her work on behalf of the Port of Oakland.
Charles Sink has an extensive practice representing both private owners and public entities, including architects and contractors. He is recommended by sources for being an “expert of experts” and an “exceptional strategist.” Recent highlights include work for Wisconsin Energy relating to the development of a $2.3 billion coal-fired power plant.
Jeffrey Sykes is known to be particularly adept at representing public owner clients, advising them on developing project delivery systems, project management, bid protest matters and prosecuting bond surety claims. His highlights include advising the County of Alameda on the $460 million expansion of the Highland Hospital campus.
Carl Switzer is noted for his work on both public and private projects. He recently represented Thomas Morone, the receiver for the Ritz Carlton Hotel, in Lake Tahoe, in relation to alleged design defects and lien claims.
Alan Harris has a long-standing reputation in the legal construction industry. He has a vast body of knowledge and a significant workload involving arbitrations and mediations.