Richard J. Wittbrodt is an equity partner. He is recognized as a leading construction lawyer and is a prolific speaker and author, including co-author of the seminal construction law treatise, California Construction Law (19th ed. Wolters Kluwer Law and Business 2022). Mr. Wittbrodt was member of the Governing Committee for the ABA Forum on Construction Law, the largest organization of construction lawyers in the world. Mr. Wittbrodt has also been recognized by the Chambers USA Directory as a Leading Construction Lawyer in California.
His primary emphasis is in construction litigation, including prosecuting and defending claims of delay, design issues, breach of contract, warranty of plans and specifications, prompt payment requirements, contract interpretation issues, lost profits, disruption, defective construction, mechanics lien and stop notice foreclosure actions, for both public and private projects. Mr. Wittbrodt has experience representing owners, designers, general contractors and subcontractors on multi-million dollar complex cases involving hospitals, hotels, commercial structures, educational institutions, and transportation and other infrastructure projects. He is also a mediator and arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association.
Mr. Wittbrodt has practiced law for over 35 years, all of it with Gibbs Giden. During his tenure with the firm he was Managing Partner for 16 years, and is currently a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.