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.
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.
- Chambers USA, Construction—California (2005-2014)
- Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction (2011-2015)
- 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)
- 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
- 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
Editor, Cornell Law Review (1969-70)