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Hector H. Espinosa

Partner
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Hector Espinosa is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He focuses his practice in the construction industry, working with clients from the onset of a project and contract formation to the resolution of claims through settlement and litigation. Mr. Espinosa represents general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and owners in a broad range of private and public projects, including commercial projects such as hotels, theaters, and condominiums to civil and infrastructure projects such as wastewater treatment plants, roads, and bridges.

His experience includes prosecuting and defending construction contract, delay, and defect claims. In addition, he assists contractors with resolving claims and disputes while projects are underway and represents contractors in a variety of bid protest matters, including the application of various bid credits, enforcement of contractor licensing requirements, disputes over the responsiveness of bids, and the scope of public agency discretion to waive irregularities. He has experience advising clients regarding compliance with contractual and statutory bidding, license, and claims prosecution requirements, including the California Government Code, the Business and Professions Code, Public Contract Code, the Miller Act, and the False Claims Act.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Espinosa practiced with a firm in Los Angeles, where he participated in four jury trials, prepared and examined witnesses, argued a broad range of motions, and represented clients in mediation.

Before graduating from law school, Mr. Espinosa externed for the Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall, United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Achievements

Mr. Espinosa has been recognized as a 2012 Southern California Rising Star for Construction Litigation, as noted in Los Angeles Magazine.

Speaking Engagements

  • Panel Speaker, "Hot Issues in Construction Law," California State Bar Annual Meeting, Long Beach, 2011
  • Taisei-T&K Joint Venture v. Inland Empire Utilities Agency et al. (2012). Obtained summary adjudication in favor of a general contractor to defeat all false claims allegations asserted by the public works owner.
  • LaVerne Wilson v. Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation et al. (2012). Successfully represented homeowner, removing a mechanic’s lien and obtaining settlement to repair a home.
  • Osmos / Myers G.P. v. Cal. Dept. of Trans. (2011). Obtained injunction against the California Department of Transportation in connection with a bid protest involving contractor licensing requirements.
  • City of Los Angeles v. Chicago Bridge & Iron (2010). Represented client in appeal that successfully defended a judgment in favor of the contractor against a claim by the City of Los Angeles under the California False Claims Act. The client was also awarded its attorneys’ fees on appeal.
  • Stronghold Engineering v. Western Steel (2009). Member of trial team that represented prime contractor in contract dispute with subcontractor on an AAFES project. The matter was tried to a jury in the Riverside County Superior Court, resulting in a verdict for the client on its affirmative claim and against the subcontractor on its cross-complaint. Client was awarded attorney’s fees and costs.
  • Matt Construction v. Century City Doctor’s Hospital (2008). Participated in arbitration representing general contractor in prosecution of claim for unpaid work on hospital renovation project. Client received an award of $5.3 million after a three-week hearing in a AAA-sanctioned arbitration, which was more than 90% of the claim amount.
  • Modern Continental v. Alstom Power (2005). Member of trial team that represented a contractor in claims against an EPC contractor on the La Paloma Power Plant Project in Bakersfield, California. Obtained a $37.1 million judgment after a 10-week jury trial, which was fully secured by bonds.
  • Theming Solutions v. Peck-Jones / OC America et al. (2003). Obtained judgment in favor of general contractor against subcontractor based on California contractor license requirements.

Representative Projects 

  • Army and Air Force Exchange Service Shopping Center, El Segundo, California
  • Century City Doctor’s Hospital, Los Angeles, California
  • Cielo Azul Senior Apartments, Palmdale, California
  • Concerto Parking Structure, Los Angeles, California
  • Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino, Indio, California
  • Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Plant, Los Angeles, California
  • Inland Empire Wastewater Treatment Plant, Rancho Cucamonga, California
  • La Paloma Power Plant, Bakersfield, California
  • Laurel Crest Apartments, Lancaster, California
  • Los Angeles County Superior Courthouse, Lancaster, California
  • Marine Corps Base Infrastructure Repair Project, Camp Pendleton, California
  • Metropolitan Museum, Fresno, California
  • Palm Street Parking Structure, San Luis Obispo, California
  • Park Place Retail Project, Fresno, California
  • River Road Replacement Bridge, Riverside, California
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
  • San Francisco Bay Bridge, San Francisco Bay Area, California
  • Sherman Oaks Galleria, Sherman Oaks, California
  • The FourOneSix Condominium Project, Glendale, California
  • United States Federal Courthouse, Fresno California
  • Vellano Country Club, Chino Hills, California