"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)
High School, Los Angeles (closeouts – public/private
- 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
- Shopping Center, Los Angeles
(specific performance action by buyers against non-performing
"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
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
Calkins is, simply stated, one of the best mediators of construction
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