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Hector H. Espinosa

Partner
+1.310.552.5094
Fax +1.310.552.5001

Hector Espinosa is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He focuses his practice in the construction industry, working with clients from the onset of a project and contract formation to the resolution of claims through settlement and litigation. Mr. Espinosa represents general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and owners in a broad range of private and public projects.

Claims Resolution and Litigation
His experience includes prosecuting and defending construction contract, delay, impact and defect claims across a variety of projects ranging from hotels, theaters, and condominiums to civil and infrastructure projects such as wastewater treatment plants, roads, and bridges. Mr. Espinosa also represents contractors in bid protest and licensing matters, among other areas.

Advice and Counsel
Mr. Espinosa advises clients during construction enabling them to avoid or minimize litigation, including disputes over the scope of work, late payment, delay, and inefficiency. He also has experience advising clients during contract negotiation and providing advice regarding compliance with contractual and statutory requirements, including the California Government Code, the Business and Professions Code, Public Contract Code, the Miller Act, and the False Claims Act.

Professional Background

Before graduating from law school, Mr. Espinosa externed for the Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall, United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Mr. Espinosa is currently the Pro Bono Coordinator for the Los Angeles office of K&L Gates.

Achievements

Mr. Espinosa has been recognized in Chambers 2017 and 2016 as “Up and Coming” for California Construction.

He has been recognized as a 2012 Southern California Rising Star for Construction Litigation, as noted in Los Angeles Magazine.

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Chair and Faculty Speaker at the California Construction Law Seminar, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. Mr. Espinosa has presented on topics ranging from late payments and false claims to “Effective Discovery for Construction Claims.”
  • Panel Speaker, "Hot Issues in Construction Law," California State Bar Annual Meeting, Long Beach, 2011
  • Taisei-T&K Joint Venture v. Inland Empire Utilities Agency et al. (2012). Obtained summary adjudication in favor of a general contractor to defeat all false claims allegations asserted by the public works owner.
  • LaVerne Wilson v. Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation et al. (2012). Successfully represented homeowner, removing a mechanic’s lien and obtaining settlement to repair a home.
  • Osmos / Myers G.P. v. Cal. Dept. of Trans. (2011). Obtained injunction against the California Department of Transportation in connection with a bid protest involving contractor licensing requirements.
  • City of Los Angeles v. Chicago Bridge & Iron (2010). Represented client in appeal that successfully defended a judgment in favor of the contractor against a claim by the City of Los Angeles under the California False Claims Act. The client was also awarded its attorneys’ fees on appeal.
  • Stronghold Engineering v. Western Steel (2009). Member of trial team that represented prime contractor in contract dispute with subcontractor on an AAFES project. The matter was tried to a jury in the Riverside County Superior Court, resulting in a verdict for the client on its affirmative claim and against the subcontractor on its cross-complaint. Client was awarded attorney’s fees and costs.
  • Matt Construction v. Century City Doctor’s Hospital (2008). Participated in arbitration representing general contractor in prosecution of claim for unpaid work on hospital renovation project. Client received an award of $5.3 million after a three-week hearing in a AAA-sanctioned arbitration, which was more than 90% of the claim amount.
  • Modern Continental v. Alstom Power (2005). Member of trial team that represented a contractor in claims against an EPC contractor on the La Paloma Power Plant Project in Bakersfield, California. Obtained a $37.1 million judgment after a 10-week jury trial, which was fully secured by bonds.
  • Theming Solutions v. Peck-Jones / OC America et al. (2003). Obtained judgment in favor of general contractor against subcontractor based on California contractor license requirements.
Representative Projects 
Bridges - Contractor License/Bidding Dispute
  • San Francisco Bay Bridge, San Francisco Bay Area, California
Commercial Buildings and Parking Structures
  • Concerto Parking Structure, Los Angeles, California
  • Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino, Indio, California
  • Palm Street Parking Structure, San Luis Obispo, California
  • Park Place Retail Project, Fresno, California
  • Sherman Oaks Galleria, Sherman Oaks, California
  • Vellano Country Club, Chino Hills, California
Condominiums and Apartments
  • Cielo Azul Senior Apartments, Palmdale, California
  • Laurel Crest Apartments, Lancaster, California
  • The FourOneSix Condominium Project, Glendale, California
Courthouses
  • Los Angeles County Superior Courthouse, Lancaster, California
  • United States Federal Courthouse, Fresno California
Federal Projects
  • Army and Air Force Exchange Service Shopping Center, El Segundo, California
  • Marine Corps Base Infrastructure Repair Project, Camp Pendleton, California
Hospitals
  • Century City Doctor’s Hospital, Los Angeles, California
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
Museums
  • Metropolitan Museum, Fresno, California
Power Plants - Civil Work
  • La Paloma Power Plant, Bakersfield, California
Wastewater Treatment and Dam Projects
  • Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Plant, Los Angeles, California
  • Inland Empire Wastewater Treatment Plant, Rancho Cucamonga, California
  • San Vicente Dam Raise, San Diego, California