"George Calkins most recent
mediation for us resolved a very complex dispute with a public
owner. Mr. Calkins is knowledgeable
about construction and construction law and treats all parties
with respect. He is capable of effective persuasion and enlightens
all parties to their strengths and weaknesses. It is my experience
that he gets the job done."
Luke Argilla, Esq.
Senior VP & General Counsel
San Francisco, California
George Calkins is a premier mediator/arbitrator of complex public
works projects involving diverse public agencies, as well as general
contractors and subcontractors, their sureties, and design professionals
and contractors who design and build public works projects. He
is an expert in resolving conflicts regarding closeout, delay,
disruption and extra work issues among public project participants.
Representative public works cases include the following complex
- Toll road/freeway project, Orange County
Peace Plaza, San Francisco ( massive leakage)
5 and 110 Freeway (substantial welding defects)
High School, Los Angeles (construction project)
school renovation projects, Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties
- Refuge transfer station closeout (Los Angeles)
Wayne International Airport, Orange County (runway projects)
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Los Angeles County
- Water District, Orange County (closeout
dispute regarding system performance)
- Yolo County,
Northern California (road resurfacing)
- Bridge construction,
- Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties
(infrastructure issues, including sewer, storm drain and water
- Freeze shoring technology as to sewer replacement
project under Los Angeles Harbor
- Fresno, California
(federal and public housing project closeout)
What other experts say…
“It is nearly impossible
to successfully mediate construction disputes without a detailed
knowledge of the construction process
and the practices of the construction industry. George Calkins
has penetrating insight into both. He also has the crucial skill
of educating and empowering the client to make rational decisions
without making the client feel insulted or dismissed by the mediator.”
David M. Robinson, Esq.
Office of the General Counsel
"George Calkins is simply
the most effective construction dispute mediator I have ever
encountered. Whether the claims
are sophisticated delay analysis involving critical path
schedules or homeowner complaints over defective tile, he brings
same intensity and understanding to both the issues involved
into account the practical, financial and sometimes emotional
investment of each side to the dispute. He also brings a
refreshing sense of humor and wit to the proceedings so the
are more relaxed and less prone to gladiator behavior. George's
side is effective because the clients can relax knowing that
George is genuinely concerned about their case and reaching
a fair resolution yet he still can laser down on recalcitrant
unreasonable counsel or clients when the situation requires
such action. We have selected George as mediator in dozens
and in every matter he is fully prepared, completely focused
and extremely effective."
David M. Orbach, Esq.
Orbach, Huff & Suarez LLP
Los Angeles, California
cases settled. I knew George as a litigator, and consequently,
am glad he is now a mediator.
it is George's substantial skill as a litigator which lends to his
ability to first determine where the common ground should be and
then assist the parties with getting there."
David M. Huff, Esq.
Orbach, Huff & Suarez LLP,
Los Angeles, California