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Public Entities

The special legal needs of public entities require a law firm which understands the unique landscape in which they operate, the obligations they have to their constituents, and the powers and constraints imposed by the law. Gibbs Giden provides a wide range of legal services to public entities throughout California and Nevada, marshalling the resources and insights of a team of committed and talented lawyers with decades of experience in the public sphere.

Representing Public Entities Across California and Nevada

Our clients include all types of public entities, including:

  • Joint powers authorities
  • State agencies
  • City and county governments
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Air and water quality districts
  • School districts
  • Community colleges
  • Public service districts

We advise our public entity clients on the legal and financial matters that directly impact the communities they serve, such as risk management, insurance, pooling, regulatory and statutory compliance, contracts, litigation and non-litigation matters. Representative issues we handle include:

  • Contract negotiation and drafting
  • Contract compliance
  • Contract administration, including change orders, performance and payment bonds issues, insurance claims and coverage, and warranties
  • Labor and employment issues
  • Wage and hours compliance
  • Disqualification and disbarment
  • Bid protests
  • Performance disputes
  • Claims for additional payment
  • False claims allegations
  • Government audits and investigations
  • Subcontractor listing law disputes
  • Administrative proceedings
  • Litigation in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Claims

Assisting With Projects and Disputes

We work closely with public entities in planning and managing their public works and infrastructure projects to ensure that they are delivered on time and within budget. Such projects include the Diamond Valley Lake constructed by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the Alameda Corridor project running between the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and downtown Los Angeles, and the expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center.

We bring both advocacy skills and business savvy to all public contract disputes, including large delay and disruption cases such as those involving including the construction of various Metro Rail Transit projects, the Port of Long Beach, San Francisco International Airport, John Wayne Airport in Orange County, the Los Angeles County Central Jail Expansion Project, the Space Shuttle launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base and the Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Plant in Los Angeles.

Schedule a Consultation With Gibbs Giden Today

Please contact us to learn more about how Gibbs Giden can be a valuable partner to public entities, helping them efficiently and effectively serve the public, protect taxpayer dollars and improve their communities. Call our Los Angeles office at 310-552-3400, our Irvine office at 949-287-8044 or our Las Vegas office at 702-836-9800, or contact us online. We look forward to assisting you.