Biography

Alan E. Harris has practiced construction law for more than 30 years. His litigation experience includes the preparation and trial of complex construction cases involving defects and delay damages. He has reviewed hundreds of construction contracts for clients and has acted as their legal advisor to resolve construction issues before they became claims or disputes. Al's clients range from the State of California, municipalities and special districts to design professionals and contractors. His cases have covered a wide variety of projects including office buildings, roads, waste treatment plants, cogeneration facilities, dams, powerhouses, and apartment complexes.

Additionally, Al has mediated hundreds of disputes both for his clients and as the neutral party chosen by the claimants. He also has acted as an arbitrator, court-appointed special master, and expert in a large number of construction cases. 

He frequently has addressed the American Bar Association, the Construction Superconference, the Practicing Law Institute and other organizations on the subject of construction claims and defenses.

Distinctions

  • Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in construction law and as a top construction mediator in California
  • The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Construction Law and Litigation - Construction and is honored as the 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” in Construction Law in San Francisco

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Professor of Construction Law, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
  • Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers
  • American Bar Association's Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • Former Chair, Bar Association of San Francisco's Client Relations Committee
  • Arbitrator, International Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Arbitrator, United States Anti-Doping Agency
  • Member, AAA Panel of Arbitrators

Firm Highlights

Publication

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Insights and Resources

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing disruption throughout the US that we have not seen in generations. Governmental entities, academia, and the private sector are working diligently to contain COVID-19 while it...

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Community Reinvestment Groups Sue Trump Administration for Unlawfully Gutting Anti-Redlining Rules

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, OCC’s Rushed Rule Lessens Accountability for Banks, Silences Communities Impacted by Systemic Lending Discrimination National Community Reinvestment Coalition, California Reinvestment Coalition Seek to Halt Unlawful Rule, Protect Vulnerable Communities Federal Reserve...

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Engineering, Procurement and Construction Agreements for Utility-Scale Battery Projects

The negotiation of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement for a battery energy storage systems (BESS) project typically surfaces many of the same contractual risk allocation issues that one encounters in the negotiation...

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7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop

Brian Donnelly is presenting the case study session, "Managing Partner Performance" at Fairfax Associates' 7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop. Click here for more information.

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Reexamining Indirect Discharges and the Clean Water Act After County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund

Sarah Bell will be speaking on this Strafford live webinar, "Reexamining Indirect Discharges and the Clean Water Act After County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund ." This CLE webinar will discuss the...

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Farella Names New White Collar Defense & Internal Corporate Investigations Practice Co-Chairs

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel announces that Senior Associates Aviva J. Gilbert and Janice W. Reicher have been appointed co-chairs of its White Collar Defense and...

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Treatment of Commercial Leases in Tenant Bankruptcy - The Basics

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc with the nation’s economy, we have started to see bankruptcy filings by well-known companies such as GNC, J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, Modell’s, 24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s...

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7 Tips for Creating a COVID-19 Essential Business Travel Policy

As states are relaxing COVID-19-related restrictions, employers should remain cautious about business travel. California’s public health orders still limit travel to an “urgent matter” or that which is “essential to your permitted work.” Given...

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PDC 2020 PD Virtual Summer Camp

Sarah Good will be speaking at the Professional Development Consortium's live webinar, "Diversity Sponsorship Law Firm Programs." Details: Sponsorship is critical to the retention and advancement to partnership of associates at law firms. We will...

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Farella Braun + Martel Recognized in 2020 Chambers High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law in Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO, July 10, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel’s Private Client Industry Group earned recognition in the 2020 Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) guide as a leading firm in the Private Wealth Law category...

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