Practical, real world experience.

Law Office of B. Scott Douglass
Recent projects include State Route 125, a 12.5-mile toll road public-private-partnership project in San Diego involving nearly $1 billion in claims; termination of a $157 million high school/junior high school campus project involving $32 million in claims; a levee cutoff wall project for the US Army Corps of Engineers involving $10 million in claims; a roadway project involving the “deobligation” of Caltrans and FHWA funding; cogeneration and chiller plants for an Indian casino involving $12 million in claims; the Bay Bridge’s new signature span and temporary by-pass structure; and the Carquinez Suspension Bridge – a first-of-its-kind suspension bridge in the U.S.  Other representative projects include airports, cogeneration and other power facilities, desalination plants, state-of-the-art laboratories, hospital facilities, earthen dams, ordnance disposal site closures, wastewater treatment plants, prisons, manufacturing plants, golf courses, commercial office buildings, high-rise hotels, and various residential projects involving multi-million dollar homes or multi-unit facilities.

Mr. Douglass’ representations on these types of projects primarily involve contract negotiation and drafting, bid protests, contract administration and performance (i.e., course-of-construction counseling), risk avoidance, and the resolution (through litigation, arbitration, dispute review boards, mediation or negotiation) of breach of contract claims, mechanics’ lien claims, stop notice claims, and claims for extra work, delay, disruption and loss of productivity oftentimes involving various damage-calculation methodologies and complex legal, scheduling and technical issues.  Mr. Douglass has practiced geotechnical engineering at a major international engineering and construction consulting firm.  He conducts client seminars and has taught classes on construction law in California.  He publishes articles in construction-related periodicals, such as Builder & Developer and the ABA Construction Forum’s Under Construction, and is a contributing author to LienLawOnLine, a website that details lien laws throughout the country.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Construction Law and is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell for professional excellence and very high ethical standards.

Reported Cases

Platte Anchor Bolt, Inc. v. IHI, Inc., 352 F.Supp.2d 1048 (N.D. Cal. 2004).

Arntz Builders v. Superior Court, 122 Cal.App.4th 1195 (Cal. App. Ct. 2004).

​Elling v. State Farm. Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 291 Ill.App.3d 311, 683 N.E.2d 929 (Ill. App. Ct. 1997).

Quinn v. Jewel Food Stores, Inc., 276 Ill. App.3d 861, 658 N.E.2d 1225 (Ill. App. Ct. 1995).

         Founding Chair, Bar Association of San Francisco’s Barrister Club Construction Law Committee

ABA Forum on the Construction Industry and Litigation Section

Associated General Contractors’ Legal Advisory Committee

American Road & Transportation Builders Association – P3 Taskforce Member Construction Owners Association of America

U.S. Green Building Council, Northern California Chapter