Barbara R. Gadbois, is a senior partner at the Gibbs Giden law firm in Los Angeles, with over 35 years of experience in public and private construction law. She concentrates her practice in the development and management of construction projects, including drafting and negotiation of bid and contract documents, procurement issues, public works, competitive bidding requirements, bid protest issues, pre-qualification, project delivery methods, design-build projects, risk allocation in contracts, claims avoidance, and project closeout. She represents municipal clients, private developers, and general contractors in all aspects of major multi-million dollar projects. Barbara’s clients value her experience, insight, and practical advice, in design and construction contract negotiation, administration, and dispute resolution. Over the past year, her practice focused on transactional and project administration matters for residential development, hospitals, and school construction as well as dispute resolution in the hospitality sector.
She has published numerous articles and has been a contributing author on a number of books on construction law. Ms. Gadbois has been as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where she taught legal writing. During her career, she has presented scores of construction law seminars to professional organizations as well as in-house training to her clients.
Ms. Gadbois is a member of the American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Real Property Section and Construction Subsection, and is active with the City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County. She is a LEED® Accredited Professional.
In 2022, Ms. Gadbois was recognized by the Chambers USA Directory of Leading Lawyers for the fifteenth consecutive year. Ms. Gadbois is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell ®. She was selected for inclusion in the “Southern California Super Lawyers” listing by Los Angeles Magazine in 2004, and 2008 through 2023. Ms. Gadbois was included in LABJ’s 2021 Women of Influence: Attorney. Ms. Gadbois was included in the list of 2013 Los Angeles’ Women Leaders in the Law and she is also recognized by Best Lawyers®, and in the Legal 500, U.S. Real estate and Construction section of their publication.
Raised in Illinois, Barbara graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Psychology before attending the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctor degree.