• Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2014
  • Chambers USA 2015

Deborah S. Ballati

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Deborah S. Ballati has a broad civil and commercial litigation practice with an emphasis on construction and insurance coverage.

In her construction litigation practice, Ms. Ballati has represented companies involved in virtually all aspects of the construction industry, including owners, contractors, design professionals, subcontractors and sureties. Her cases have included delay and defect claims arising out of commercial, residential and heavy civil construction projects, contract drafting and negotiation and insurance matters related to construction. Her clients include the University of California, the Port of Oakland, CH2M HILL, BAE Systems, formerly Stewart & Stevenson Services, Inc. and Trane.

In her insurance coverage practice, Ms. Ballati has represented policyholders in pursuing coverage under all types of insurance policies, including primary and excess general liability policies, property policies, professional liability policies and employment practices liability policies.  She has also helped design, negotiate, place and implement environmental insurance for the Fleet Industrial Supply Center, Oakland (FISCO), a number of FOSET transfers from the U.S. military including the Oakland Army Base, and has assisted a client in designing the Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP) for a $1 billion capital improvement program.

She regularly lectures and provides client seminars on insurance and construction law issues throughout the United States.



  • Served as Judge Pro Tem, San Francisco Superior Court
  • Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association (Panel of Commercial and Construction Arbitrators)
  • President, American College of Construction Lawyers, 2011-2012 (Fellow since 1997) 
  • Chair, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, 2002-2003