Theodore L. Senet

Senior Partner

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

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

Theodore L. Senet is a senior partner of the firm. Since joining the firm, Mr. Senet's areas of practice have been insurance, construction, environmental and real property law.  Mr. Senet has been involved in planning and construction of major projects, including high rise buildings, hospitals, airports, roadways, pipelines, power plants, refineries, and major commercial and residential developments. He currently represents private and public entities in project planning, insurance coverage disputes, complex construction defect and environmental litigation, construction delay claims, and class action litigation. Mr. Senet is a well-known educator and author. He has taught courses on insurance, construction and real property law, and has been a principal speaker at numerous seminars and industry conferences. He has published numerous articles and has been a contributing author on a number of books on construction and insurance law. Mr. Senet currently serves as an adjunct professor at Loyola School of Law, Los Angeles, where he teaches Construction Law and Sustainable Development.

Mr. Senet is a member of the American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, and a member of the ABA's Forum on the Construction Industry. Mr. Senet has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He is a former director of the Los Angeles Chapter of the United States Green Building Council and a LEED® Accredited Professional (Building Design and Construction). Mr. Senet is  AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Practice Areas

Construction and Public Contract Law;
Environmental Law;
Insurance Law;
Real Property; and
Major Tort Litigation

Education

Loyola Law School (J.D.), Los Angeles, CA, 1978
University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A., English), Santa Barbara, CA, 1975

Teaching

Adjunct Professor: Loyola School of Law, Los Angeles, Construction Law and Sustainable Development 2014

Professional Memberships

State of California Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
American Bar Association (Tort and Ins. Practice Section; Construction Industry Forum)
Los Angeles Business Counsel
City Attorney Association of Los Angeles County
Construction Managers Association of America, CMAA (Affiliate Member)
U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter (Member)

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Resolving Disputes with Other People's Money: An Update on Insurance Law and Risk Management for Public Entities, CAALAC Spring Retreat, Los Angeles, CA. (March 21, 2015)

Sustainability: How California Cities Are Leading the World, League of California Cities Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA. (September 3, 2014)

Green Building, Leasing and Sustainability, University of California, Continuing Education of the Bar, Westwood, CA. (May 23, 2014)

New California Energy Laws: Major Opportunities and Liabilities for Green Building and Renovation Projects, Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo, Downey, CA. (April 24, 2014)

New Developments in Public Works Contracting, City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County, Laguna Beach, CA. (March 30, 2014)

Principal Speaker, “New Laws on Green Building and Energy,” 20th Annual Review Preview Construction Law (January 2014)

Panel Speaker, “Construction Defects Litigation,” University of California, Continuing Education of the Bar (March 2013)

Joint Presentation, “Green Building – Legal Issues and Solutions,” 12 Annual Municipal Green Building Conference (April 2013)

Panel Speaker, “Green Building – Legal Issues and Solutions,” 2nd Annual Valley Green Building Education Conference and Expo (June 2012).

Moderator, “Constitutional Issues Relating to Buy Local and Local Hiring and Contractor Preferences,” League of Cities Conference (May 2012).

Speaker, “Future of the Built Environment,” Loyola Law School (March 2012).

Joint Presentation, “Green Building – Legal Issues and Solutions,” Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo (2012).

Panel Speaker, Continuing Education of the Bar (University of California and the State Bar of California): Construction Defect Litigation (2012 - 1998).

Speaker, “Green Building Liability,” Los Angeles Chapter of the Construction Specification Institute (February 2011).

Panel Speaker, “We Won’t Get Fooled Again: Lessons Learned from the Economic Downturn,” sponsored by the American Bar Association (September 2010).

Principal Speaker, CLE International Municipal Law Conference: “Green Design and Building – Legal Risks and Issues;” and “Public Works Projects – Claims Avoidance, Bid Protests and Dealing with Defaulting Developers and Sureties” (June 2010)

Moderator, Continuing Education of the California State Bar: Hot Topics in Property & Liability Insurance (May 2010).

Speaker, Tri-Counties Government Lawyers Association: “Advantages, Disadvantages and Implementation of Design Build Project Delivery Systems” (March 2010)

Principal Speaker, City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County (CAALAC): “So Your Contractor is Not Performing” (March 2010)

Panel Moderator, State Bar of California Real Property Section: Mediation and Arbitration of Construction Disputes (May 2008).

Bar Admissions

California, 1978
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1979
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1979

CERTIFICATION

LEED Accredited Professional, 2009

Publications

New California Sustainability Laws, The Public Law Journal, Vol. 38, No.1, Winter 2015

Architects & Engineers, California Construction Contracts, Defects and Litigation, Chapter Eight (Author), Continuing Education for the Bar (CEB 2009)

New California Law Will Require Major Changes in Construction Contracts (Co-Author), CMAA Southern California Chapter Newsletter, Legislative Section, Winter 2009

California Statewide "Green" Building Code New Challenges and Opportunities, CMAA Southern California Chapter newsletter, Legislative Section, Fall 2008.

Nuts & Bolts of Modern Wrap-Up Liability Insurance article, URS Claims Resource Fall 2008 Newsletter, by Theodore L. Senet, Esq.

For more see full print bio.

Honors and Awards

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (highest rating)

Representative Experience:

• Mr. Senet was lead counsel for the City of Moreno Valley in a lawsuit against two performance bond sureties. The lawsuit settled favorably for client with full recovery, including attorney’s fees. Issue/Complexity: Sureties claimed exoneration of the bonds after developer failed to complete park improvements. Value: City obtained agreement to construct public facilities which would have cost the City in excess of $8.5M to construct.
• Mr. Senet is currently counsel to the owner of a resort facility on a construction defect claim. The project involved the restoration and expansion of a historic building. Value: Settlement in excess of $10M.
• Mr. Senet represented the City of Riverside in a law suit which was settled favorably for client with full recovery, including attorney’s fees. Issue/Complexity: Obtained writ of attachment to secure payment under a performance bond. Value: City obtained full reimbursement from surety in excess of $1.5M.
• Mr. Senet recently settled a lawsuit on behalf of a developer related to the construction of a large apartment complex. Issue/Complexity: Responsibility for project delays and cost overruns. The settlement resulted in a substantial net recovery for the client. Value: The lawsuit involved claims and counterclaims in excess of $50M.
• Mr. Senet defended a public entity on a petition seeking to enjoin the award and performance of a design-build contract for the construction of a park and recreational facility. Issue/Complexity: Petitioner claimed irregularities in the proposal process. After a trial, a writ of mandate seeking the injunction was denied. Value: Contract award was approximately $14M.

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS

Crescent Heights
Equity Residential
Pulte Homes
City of Riverside
City of Glendale
City of Moreno Valley
City of Oxnard
County of San Luis Obispio
San Bernardino Associated Goverments

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