Richard Wittbrodt is the Managing Partner of the firm. His primary emphasis is in construction and real estate litigation, including prosecuting and defending claims of delay, disruption, defective construction, mechanics lien and stop notice foreclosure actions, for both public and private projects. He is one of the few attorneys in California to be a LEED AP (U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional). In the commercial practice area, he has substantial experience in securing and defending preliminary remedies (including writs of attachment, possession, and injunctions) and secured transactions. He is also a frequent lecturer to many construction and commercial industry associations.
Mr. Wittbrodt is recognized as a leading construction lawyer in 2013 and 2014 by the Chambers USA Directory of Leading Lawyers. He is also recognized in 2013-2017 The Legal 500, U.S. Real estate and construction; Construction section of their publication and it was noted in 2015, he is "commended for his 'great knowledge of the law'". He is also a member of the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association's Forum on Construction Law, a national organization devoted entirely to members of the construction industry.
Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., cum laude
), Malibu, CA, 1988
Honors: Law Review: Pepperdine University Law Review, 1986-1988; Lead Articles Editor, 1987-1988
Golden Gate University (M.B.A., Tax), Los Angeles, CA, 1984
University of Michigan (B.B.A., with distinction, Accounting), Flint, MI, 1980
Governing Committee member of the ABA's Forum on Construction Law, 2017-present
Advisory Board Member, LEGUS, an International Network of Law Firms, 2008-Present
ABA, Forum on the Construction Industry Fall Program Co-Chair, 2014, Chicago IL.
ABA Division 12 Steering Committee Appointed Member, 2012-Present
ABA, Forum on the Construction Industry, Member, 2010 – Present
US Green Building Council (USGBC) Los Angeles Chapter, Member, 2009 – Present
Southern California Development Forum (SCDF), Member, 2009 – Present
Construction Finance Management Association (CFMA), Member 2007 - 2012;
Board Member and Co-President, Los Angeles Chapter 2009 - 2011
State Bar of California, Member, 1988 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member. 1988
Moderator and Speaker, Gibbs Giden Annual Review Preview Construction Law Seminar (February 2010-2018)
Speaker, Moss Adams LLP Construction Roundtable (December 2010)
Topic: Construction Law Discussion
Speaker, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Pre and Post Judgment Collection Remedies:Show me the money!
2010 Annual Meeting, Austin Texas (April 2010)
Speaker, Legislative and Case Law Update, Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), Los Angles and Orange County Chapter Meetings Los Angeles and Anaheim, CA (November, 2009)
Speaker, Mechanic's Liens and Bonded Stop Notices and Their Uses in Tough Economic Times, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Real Property Section, April 28, 2009.
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1988
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1988
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1988
U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1988
LEED AP, 2009
Certified Public Accountant, Michigan, 1983
Certified Public Accountant, California, 1983
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
R. Wittbrodt & K. Gibbs, Chapter 6, “Construction Claims,” California Construction Law, 17th Ed. Supplement (Wolters Kluwer Law and Business 2012-2014).
R. Wittbrodt & J. Acret, Co-Author and Update Author, Chapter Five, Private Works Contracts: Disputes, Remedies for Breach of Contract, CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS, DEFECTS AND LITIGATION (Cal. CEB 2009-2014)
R. Wittbrodt & B. Gragg, Construction Divorce: Protect Your Client’s Claim Before It Is Too Late (Parts 1 and 2), CEB (Continuing Education of the California Bar) Real Property Law Reporter, (Part 1) September 2011 and (Part 2) November 2011.
K. Gibbs & R. Wittbrodt, Chapter 12, “Bankruptcy in the Construction Industry,” California Construction Law, 17th Ed. (Aspen Publisher 2011)
R. Wittbrodt, Prejudgment Remedies and Collection For Owners or Contractors on a Construction Project, Written Materials, Digitally Published Program Materials, The Age of Turbulence: Managing Money Issues in Construction Presented in Cooperation with the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section and the ABA Construction Committee of the Section of Litigation, 2010 ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Meeting, April 24, 2010.
R. Wittbrodt & L. Eaton, Understanding Contractual Suspension Terms: A Risk Management Tool for Owners and Contractors CEB (Continuing Education of the California Bar) Real Property Law Reporter, September, 2010.
R. Wittbrodt & L. Eaton, Understanding Contractor Rights & Risks, CFMA Building Profits Magazine for Construction Financial Professionals, March-April 2010 by Richard J. Wittbrodt, Esq. and Lynsey M. Eaton, Esq.
R. Wittbrodt & L. Eaton, Project Suspension: What Owners And Contractors Need To Know- NOW!, Article/White Paper, CMAA Southern California Chapter Newsletter, Summer 2009 (www.cmaasc.org)
R. Wittbrodt, Chapter Eleven, Termination, and Chapter Twelve, Project Closeout, CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION LAW (HLK Global Communications, Inc., 2007).
HONORS AND AWARDS
Chambers USA, Key Individual, 2013, 2014
The US Legal 500, United States, 2013-2017
Richard J. Wittbrodt, interviewed and quoted by Ameera Butt and Stephanie Vatz, Daily Journal Staff Writers, Mechanics’ Lien law changes go into effect, Article, Los Angeles Daily Journal, June 29, 2012.
Richard J. Wittbrodt is recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2011 editorial under the U.S. Real Estate and Construction-Construction section (including Construction Litigation).
Richard J. Wittbrodt, interviewed and quoted by Jason W. Armstrong, Daily Journal Staff Writer, More California Lawyers Get Green Credentials, Article, Real Estate Supplement to Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, July 28, 2010.
2004 Southern California Super Lawyers (First Year Awarded)
Guest Speaker before Arizona House of Representatives, Subcommittee on proposed amendments to Arizona’s Statutory Remedies for the Construction Industry (December 4, 1997).
Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards in Corporations; Creditors Rights and Bankruptcy.
PUBLISHED OPINIONSLydig Construction, Inc. v. Martinez Steel Corporation
Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One
No. D066854, 2015 WL 798557 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 26, 2015)MW Erectors, Inc. v. Niederhauser Ornamental and Metal Works Company Inc., et al.
(2006) 36 Cal.4th 412, 30 Cal.Rptr.3d 755.
Schuff Steel Company
Layton Construction, Inc.
Mitsui & Co. (USA), Inc.
Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., Inc.
Turner Industries Group, LLC
Lydig Construction, Inc.
Climate Building technologies Group
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