is one of the most knowledgeable, creative and tenacious mediators
I have encountered. I highly
recommend him for even the most difficult and complex multi-party
Greg Dillion, Esq.
Newmeyer & Dillion
Newport Beach, California
George Calkins is an expert in assisting
parties, and lawyers in their development of construction claims
avoidance and risk management techniques. He has a reputation for
assisting sophisticated public agencies, hotel entities and developers
in implementing construction claims avoidance techniques involving
a mixture of maximizing insurance, customer service and quality
control measures. He has resolved hundreds of disputes involving
construction means and methods, construction defect claims, and
real estate development as well as cases involving complex structural,
mechanical, geotechnical and electrical engineering issues. He
has creatively resolved disputes involving major real estate developments,
condominiums, hotels, shopping centers, office complexes, single
and multi-family residential projects, school and university buildings,
industrial facilities, and other commercial and public buildings.
George Calkins is recognized for his ability to resolve multi-party
disputes involving the engineering of infrastructures such as utilities,
freeways and roadways, bridges, water and sewage system facilities
and drainage systems. He is a highly sought settlement officer
for closing complex multi-million dollar construction projects
that present complicated delay, disruption and work quality issues.
Such cases often involve complex overlapping and interrelated,
accounting, technical, construction, management and design issues.
George Calkins has been a leader in effectively concluding closeouts
of public works and commercial projects.
George Calkins has successfully mediated and arbitrated construction
- Structural engineering
- Electrical engineering
- Soil and geology issues
- Mechanical engineering
- Seismic and structural claims,
such as sizing of beams, adequacy of connections
of pre-engineered and manufactured items incorporated into
projects, as well as adequacy of wood and metal framing,
and the quality of structural connections among beams, columns
- Landscaping and erosion control systems
at residential and commercial projects
and delay claims
- \Infrastructure projects
- Freeze shoring technology
as to sewer replacement project under Los Angeles Harbor
- Roadway projects of all kinds, including paving and substrate
issues and road structures
- Ceramic tile, cabinets,
patio areas, foundations, concrete hardscape structures
- Plumbing methods, techniques and applications in hotels, shopping
centers, condominiums, office buildings
- Construction accounting, record keeping and project management
- Project abandonment, termination
- Window/wall systems
- Sophisticated HVAC systems
- Electrical distribution
- Mechanical systems
- Mass grading/infrastructure
and utility related systems
- Civil engineering disputes
over grading balance, and grading quantity and quality
- Construction contract closeout, delay, and extra work disputes
on commercial and public projects
- Construction and design of sewer, storm drain and water distribution
- Roof systems
- Subterranean leaks
- Mold and asbestos cases, including
property damage and bodily injury issues
Experience as Counsel:
- San Bernardino Hilton Hotel
- Rancho Cucamonga Medical Center
- Irvine Company, MacArthur
- Numerous roadway and freeway structural projects
Patrol Weigh Station project (Saugus)
- L.A. Union Station
- Senior Living facility
What other experts say…
"George is terrific at
softening the hard edges of a multi-faceted complex construction
into a settlement. His extensive factual and legal knowledge
of construction issues, combined with his insightful probing
of litigants, enables him to bring the parties to common ground
and settle cases where others have failed. Many talk the talk,
but George actually delivers results. A true master of the craft."
Joe Potocki, Esq.
Balestreri, Pendleton & Potocki
San Diego, California
“George has a wealth of
knowledge of the construction industry from his many years
of experience as a lawyer practicing
in the field. Combine this background with a sense of humor and
an ability to see alternative paths to resolution, and you have
a recipe for a successful mediation."
Craig A. Ramseyer, Esq.
Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP
San Diego, California
"One of only a few really
skilled mediators, George is committed to going the extra mile
to reaching a practical settlement."
John Darling, Esq.
Hunt, Ortmann, Palffy, Nieves, Lubka, Darling & Mah, Inc.
"George and I butted heads
many times over the years, always on opposite sides, so I had
my doubts when I was brought
into a matter shortly before a mediation in which George had
already been selected as mediator. He did a terrific job, however,
in settling that case and several others since then. He is
creative, is comfortable in complex cases and has a great ability
people talking to one another. He is most definitely on my
list of top construction mediators."
Douglas C. Purdy, Esq.
Morris, Polich & Purdy LLP
Los Angeles, California