Sara H. Kornblatt

Partner

1880 Century Park East, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90067-1621

Phone: (310) 552-3400
Fax: (310) 552-0805
Email: skornblatt@gibbsgiden.com
Professional Experience

Sara H. Kornblatt is a partner whose practice is concentrated in both the development and management of construction projects as well as handling claims and complex litigation matters.  Ms. Kornblatt is skilled in drafting and negotiating bid and contract documents for owners, contractors, and subcontractors, and handling bid protest and subcontractor substitution issues for both public entity owners and bidders.  Ms. Kornblatt represents clients in both litigation and arbitration, and has successfully advocated for her clients a number of times before the California Court of Appeal, including the published opinion Lydig Construction, Inc. v. Martinez Steel Corporation.  She currently serves as second chair trial counsel in two multi-million dollar construction disputes, representing a national construction firm and a public entity.

Ms. Kornblatt’s unique experience in both contract drafting and litigation is an advantage for clients at all stages of a project.  Ms. Kornblatt drafts and negotiates bidding documents, requests for proposals, prime contracts, design-build contracts, subcontracts, consultant agreements, and master supply agreements, advises clients regarding change orders and project close-out requirements, and handles claims both during projects and after completion.  She manages litigation matters from inception through disposition, including strategy development, drafting and responding to discovery, taking and defending depositions, preparing expert witnesses, drafting and arguing motions, negotiating settlements, and preparing for and participating in mediation, litigation, and arbitration.  Ms. Kornblatt is also experienced with writs of mandate and writs of attachment.  She has been recognized as a Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers® and Los Angeles Magazine in 2014 through 2017.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Kornblatt worked in real estate development and acquisitions, which provides additional depth and dimension to her understanding of the business and construction issues her clients face.  Ms. Kornblatt conducts seminars for clients regarding contract drafting and negotiation.

Practice Areas

Construction Claims and Litigation
Public and Private Contracts and Bidding
Business Litigation

Education

Loyola Law School (J.D.), Los Angeles, CA, 2008
• First Honors – Legal Drafting, Civil Discovery, and California Business Torts; Dean’s List 2006 – 2007
• Loyola Law Review: Staff Member 2006 – 2007, Note & Comment Editor for the Student Symposium 2007 – 2008
Wittenberg University (B.A. Art, Business), Springfield, OH, 1992

Professional Memberships

State Bar of California
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Associated General Contractors of California – Legal Advisory Committee
Construction Management Association of America

Bar Admissions

California Bar No. 259004, Admitted 2008
U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California, 2008
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2009
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2016

PUBLICATIONS

Richard J. Wittbrodt, Sara H. Kornblatt & Michele A. Ellison, “Applying Lydig to the Requirements for Requesting a Writ of Attachment,”Los Angeles Lawyer, April 2016

Key Construction Contract Provisions, "Construction Savvy", (July-August 2013 at p. 8) (Co-Author).

Los Angeles Unified School District v. Great American Insurance Company & Hayward Construction Company, Case: S165113, eInsight (Construction Law Update), April 15, 2010 (Co-Author).

New Caltrans Race Conscious DBE Program, eInsight: Construction Law Update Article, April 15, 2009 (Co-Author) (Also published in the CMAA Southern California Summer 2009 Newsletter.)

Are Emerging Technologies in Airport Passenger Screening Reasonable Under the Fourth Amendment? 41 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 385 (2007).

Update Author, California Public Contract Code Annotated 2009, 2010 editions.

Update Author, Acret’s California Public Contract Laws, 2011-2015 editions.

Honors and Awards

Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2014, 2015, 2016

Published Opinions

Lydig Construction, Inc. v. Martinez Steel Corporation
(2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 937, 184 Cal.Rptr.3d 329


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