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Publications

2013
Practical Construction Law
2013
"Contribution, Equitable Indemnity and Good Faith Settlement"
2009
California Construction Law

Events

10/17/2012 - 10/18/2012
Practical Construction Law
Los Angeles
725 South Figueroa Street
Suite 2800
Los Angeles, CA 90017-5406
Tel. +1.213.488.7504
Fax. +1.213.629.1033

San Francisco
Four Embarcadero Center
22nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111-5998
Tel. +1.415.983.1000
Fax. +1.415.983.1200
Admissions
State of California
Education
J.D., Cornell Law School, 1970
Editor, Cornell Law Review (1969-70)
A.B., Princeton University, 1967
cum laude

Professionals

Robert B. Thum

Robert B. Thum
Partner

Rob Thum is a partner in the law firm's Construction Counseling & Dispute Resolution practice and is located in the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices. He has practiced construction and engineering law since 1974, providing contract advice, troubled project counseling and dispute resolution services to owners (public and private), general contractors, and major trade subcontractors. He has worked on a wide variety major infrastructure projects (power plants, rail, airports, highways, bridges, and water treatment plants), as well as refineries, industrial plants, hospitals, schools, and high-rise buildings.  He negotiated the contract documents for the largest hospital project (using Lean project delivery) and has litigated the two of the largest hospital disputes in California history.  Mr. Thum is a member of the American Arbitration Association's National Construction Panel, and serves as an arbitrator on its Large Complex Disputes panel. For over 20 years he has participated in alternative dispute resolution of construction claims and litigation and has mediated many cases to settlement. Mr. Thum has published widely on construction law topics, including contract interpretation, scheduling, productivity and damage calculation. He has been invited to speak to numerous industry groups throughout the nation on subjects related to construction law and ADR, including the Project Management Institute, American Association of Airport Executives, Construction Litigation Superconference, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry and Practicing Law Institute.

Mr. Thum is a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers. He is also a member of the team awarded the 2008 and 2010 Chambers USA Awards in Excellence in Construction. This award recognizes the best construction firm in the US based on evaluation in several areas, including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients.

Representative Matters
  • LAX Bradley International Terminal West
  • Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
  • UCLA Santa Monica/Orthopaedic Hospital
  • SCVTA BART Berryessa Extension Project
  • Exposition Metro Line LRT Project Phase 2
  • Honolulu Rapid Transit System
  • Los Angeles MTA Gold Line
  • CPMC Cathedral Hill Hospital San Francisco
  • California Commerce Club Casino
  • Mountainview Power Plant
  • Kaiser Hospital San Francisco
  • Los Angeles Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • UC Davis Medical Center
  • Ennis Power Plant, Texas
  • Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Facility
  • Reid Gardner Power Plant, Las Vegas
  • California DWR Devil Canyon Power Plant
  • Exxon Corp. Santa Ynez Refinery
  • Caltrans China Basin highway and bridge
  • Caltrans Arcata highway
  •  Aguirre Power Station, Puerto Rico
  • Stanford University Hospitals
  • Mercy Hospital Bakersfield
  • California DWR Peripheral Canal
Courts
United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, United States Court of Federal Claims, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, United States District Court for the Central District of California, United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, United States District Court for the Southern District of California, United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, United States District Court for the District of Idaho, United States District Court for the District of Nevada, and United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.
Honors & Awards
  • Chambers USA, Construction—California (2005-2013)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction (2011-2014)
  • PLC Which Lawyer?, Construction—Los Angeles (2011)
  • Who's Who Legal, Construction—California (2013)
  • Guide to the World's Leading Construction Litigation Lawyers, Euromoney/Legal Media Group (2011)
  • Southern California’s Top Rated Lawyers (2013)
  • Super Lawyers (2005-2013)

Affiliations
  • American College of Construction Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Arbitration Association, Member, National Construction Panel and Complex Disputes Arbitrator
  • American Bar Association, Member, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, and Public Contract Law and Litigation Sections
  • California State Bar Association, Member, Construction, Real Estate and Litigation Sections
Community Service
  • Board of Directors, Town Hall Theater, 2000 - 2003
  • President, Board of Directors, Lafayette Arts & Science Foundation, 1997 - 1999
  • President, Board of Directors, Piedmont Children's Choirs, 1993 - 1996
  • Commissioner, City of Berkeley, Parks and Recreation, 1986 - 1992
  • President, Berkeley Rowing Club, 1976 - 1986

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