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"In my view, George Calkins is among the top construction mediators in the state. He knows the players, he knows the issues and he knows how to get it done. It is unlikely that you will raise a liability issue, a coverage issue or a technical issue that he has not previously dealt with. He takes the time necessary to bring the parties together, but doesn't waste time on irrelevant issues. George is the real deal, an excellent mediator."

Mark R. Hartney, Esq.
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Los Angeles, California

George Calkins has extensive experience in matters involving transactions and financing as to commercial and public real-estate projects, including purchase and sale transaction issues, partnership disputes involving real estate, landlord-tenant disputes, and finance, transactional, and documentation disputes involving real estate projects of all kinds; as well as disputes involving office buildings, commercial projects and retail projects throughout California and the West.

Representative real estate cases include the following:

  • Hughes Aircraft lease and construction dispute with Kilroy
  • Koreatown Night Club, Los Angeles (lease and purchase dispute)
  • Central High School, Los Angeles (closeouts – public/private development)
  • Saving and Loans, Los Angeles/Orange Counties (lending law and financing)
  • Bank / Developer issues in Los Angeles
  • Professional Office Building, Los Angeles (real estate partnership)
  • County Courthouse project, Los Angeles
  • Landlord/Tenant dispute as to lease terms on commercial property on Pacific Coast Highway ( Laguna Beach)
  • Shopping Center, Los Angeles (specific performance action by buyers against non-performing seller)

What other experts say…

"George resolved a complex construction case that, in the opinion of all of us, could never be settled. His determined approach and disarming demeanor were critical. My client, who rejected a prior mediator's efforts, ultimately praised George for being "like a bulldog that just won't let go or give up."

Michael Stewart, Esq.
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Los Angeles and Costa Mesa, California

"George is one of the best mediators that I have had the pleasure to work with over the years. I have learned much from George, which I have put to use as both a litigator and now as a mediator myself. I give George two thumbs up!"

Alexander Robertson, IV, Esq.
Robertson & Vick LLP

Calabasas, California

"George Calkins is, simply stated, one of the best mediators of construction disputes in Southern California. When I am need of a mediator for a challenging case, George is usually at the top of my list."

Jack W. Fleming, Esq.
Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP

Costa Mesa, California