Biography

Jeff Sykes assists clients nationally including public and private owners, public utilities, a state commerce commission,  designers, construction managers, developers, and major contractors including EPC contractors. He is both a transactional lawyer and a litigator.

As a transactional lawyer, clients benefit from his construction litigation experience. His understanding of the construction industry and how disputes arise allow clients to avoid or economically resolve disputes through appropriate contract provisions. He has drafted and negotiated many types of design and construction contracts. His contracts are scaled to project size, fairly allocate risk, provide for dispute avoidance and early dispute resolution, and align the interests of project stakeholders to promote project success. Project values have ranged from several million dollars to several billion dollars.

As a litigator, clients benefit from his cost-effective strategies. He focuses on his clients’ goals, develops an early and thorough understanding of the issues, and proactively manages case staffing, activities and budget. He also pursues innovative approaches to early resolution when possible. Claim amounts have ranged from several million dollars to over $500 million.

Jeff has litigated disputes concerning terminations for convenience and for default, design errors and omissions, deficient construction, differing site conditions, delay, disruption, acceleration, loss of productivity, cumulative impact, and cardinal change. Other matters have included bid protests, warranty rights, liens and stop notices, claims against sureties and insurance carriers, and the prosecution of claims under both the California and federal Civil False Claims Acts.

His project experience includes power plants (nuclear, coal, gas, biomass, and renewable), process plants, wastewater and water treatment plants, manufacturing facilities, an international airport, hospitals, detention and court facilities, telecommunication systems, university and public housing, high rise buildings, a convention center, sports complexes, and other special purpose buildings.

Jeff has lectured throughout the country and abroad on topics relevant to the construction industry and has provided in-house claims and project management training for public and private clients.   

Distinctions

  • Chambers USA: Construction - California (2009-2019)
  • The Legal 500 United States - Recommended Attorney: Construction (2016)
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Construction Law (2009-2020); Best Lawyers 2017 Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year" in San Francisco
  • Northern California Super Lawyers (2011-2018)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • ABA Forum on the Construction Industry and Dispute Resolutions, Litigation and Public Contract Law Sections

Firm Highlights

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