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    OVERVIEW

    We are a group of dedicated lawyers with decades of collective expertise in construction law, employment law, and other matters related to California businesses. Our attorneys are proud of their construction law expertise and record of success in developing effective solutions for a variety of business clients. Although our legal practice started with a significant focus on construction work, we have a proven track record in meeting the goals of our clients across all industries. We have a consistent record of providing top-notch service to the businesses we serve.

    ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    Hunt Ortmann Victorious For Client In Multi-Million Dollar Project Bid Protest And Appeal

    April 30, 2024

    Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc. is pleased to announce the Firm’s recent victory in defense of a contract awarded to a long standing client.

    This April, a very aggressive union filed a bid protest against the Firm’s client who was to be awarded a public works contract valued at almost $150 million. Eventually the union’s bid protest and subsequent appeal were rejected after an evidentiary bid protest appeal hearing.

    Special recognition and thanks for this significant victory goes to Hunt Ortmann shareholder, Emily Kromke, who superbly led in defending the client’s contract award which resulted in the rejected bid protest and appeal. Thanks also goes to shareholder, Dustin Lozano, for his contributions in this victory.

    Congratulations to our client and Hunt Ortmann!


    Seven Hunt Ortmann Attorneys Selected As 2024 Southern California Super Lawyers

    January 22, 2024

    Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah is proud to announce that seven of its attorneys have been selected as 2024 Southern California Super Lawyers.

    Founder Dale Ortmann (Construction Litigation), Shareholders Omel Nieves (Construction Litigation), John Darling (Construction Litigation), Richard Mah (Construction Litigation), JoLynn Scharrer (Employment & Labor), Kevin Brody (Real Estate), and Senior Counsel Laurence Lubka (Construction Litigation) were all announced in the 2024 edition of Southern California Super Lawyers released last week.

    The Super Lawyers selections are a diverse list of the top attorneys who are nominated by their own peers. The Super Lawyers evaluation process involves third-party research of the nominated attorneys across 12 key categories including ethical standards and a demonstration of achievement in their field.

    Congratulations to our selected attorneys on this well deserved recognition!


    Hunt Ortmann Wins Significant Arbitration Award For Its Client

    November 21, 2023

    Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah is pleased to announce a big victory for one of its client's after an arbitration award was handed down last week after a two week hearing held in August.

    A contractor brought over two dozen claims in an arbitration against our client, a home developer. Our client had a delay claim against the contractor. The arbitrator gave an interim award to Hunt Ortmann's client for over $4.3 million. The contractor recovered nothing on any of its claims.

    The outcome was achieved through a true team effort by Hunt Ortmann attorneys, paralegals, and staff, led by Senior Counsel, Laurence Lubka, supported by Senior Counsel, Emily Kromke, and by the paralegal team of John Andrusko and Paul Pollard.

    Congratulations to everyone involved in achieving this major victory for our client!


    Seven Hunt Ortmann Attorneys Selected As 2023 Southern California Super Lawyers®

    February 8, 2023

    Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah is proud to announce that seven of its attorneys have been selected as 2023 Southern California Super Lawyers®.

    Shareholders Dale Ortmann, Omel Nieves, John Darling, Richard Mah, JoLynn Scharrer, Kevin Brody, and Senior Counsel Laurence "Larry" Lubka were recently announced in the 2023 Southern California Super Lawyers® 20th Anniversary issue. The selected Hunt Ortmann attorneys were recognized for their work in the practice areas of Construction Litigation, Employment & Labor, and Real Estate.

    The Super Lawyers® selections are based on peer recognition, research of candidates meeting ethical standards, and a demonstration of achievement in their field.

    Congratulations to all on this proud achievement!


    Seven Hunt Ortmann Attorneys Selected As Pasadena Top Attorneys For 2023

    January 23, 2023

    Hunt Ortmann is proud to announce that seven of the Firm's attorneys have been selected by a vote of their peers to be included once again in Pasadena Magazine's list of 2023 Top Lawyers in the Pasadena area. The list will be appearing in the March 2023 issue of Pasadena Magazine.

    Below are the Hunt Ortmann attorneys selected and law practice areas recognized.

    Dale Ortmann (Construction Law)

    Omel Nieves (Construction Law & Real Estate Law)

    John Darling (Construction Law & Civil Litigation)

    Richard Mah (Construction Law)

    JoLynn Scharrer (Labor and Employment Law & Insurance Law)

    Kevin Brody (Corporate Law & Real Estate Law)

    Laurence "Larry" Lubka (Business Litigation & Civil Litigation)

    Congratulations to all on being honored!


    Three Hunt Ortmann Attorneys Recognized In The 2023 Edition Of The Best Lawyers in America®

    August 25, 2022

    Hunt Ortmann is proud to announce that three of the Firm's attorneys, Shareholders Dale Ortmann and John Darling, and Senior Counsel Laurence "Larry" Lubka have been recognized in the 29th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® released this month.

    The Best Lawyers in America® recognitions are based on a rigorous peer-review survey using more than 12.2 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys.

    Best Lawyers has recognized Dale Ortmann since 2008, John Darling since 2010, and Laurence "Larry" Lubka since 2012.

    Congrats to Dale, John, and Larry on this tremendous achievement!


    Hunt Ortmann Scores Major Victory In Debarment Case On Behalf Of General Engineering Contractor

    June 27, 2022

    On June 23, 2022, Hunt Ortmann, led by senior partner John Darling and associate Patricia J. Wolfe, successfully obtained a writ of mandate related to a 5 year debarment at the hands of a Central Coast municipality. In November 2020, the contractor was debarred and declared a non-responsible bidder receiving only 5 days-notice. This debarment meant that the contractor could not bid on the city's projects for a period of 5 years.

    The city claimed that the resolution adopting the debarment of the contractor was necessary after a project that the contractor handled took extra time and money to complete. In its petition to set aside the debarment, the contractor argued that the municipality acted outside of its authority in passing its resolution, which was arguably approved without any supporting evidence, legal basis, or most critically due process.

    The Superior Court agreed that the municipality violated the general engineering contractor's due process rights, and ordered that the debarment be set aside. The municipality was ordered to hold a new hearing date within 180 days that complied with the due process requirements, namely having adequate notice of the charges and upcoming hearing and including the opportunity for discovery including depositions to investigate the municipality's allegations against the contractor.


    JoLynn Scharrer Recognized By The Los Angeles Business Journal, Women Of Influence: Attorneys

    April 4, 2022

    Hunt Ortmann is honored and proud to announce that Shareholder JoLynn Scharrer has been recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal in the Women of Influence: Attorneys publication to be released on April 18th. Among hundreds of nominations the Los Angeles Business Journal received, Ms. Scharrer was selected among those who were worthy of being distinguished in the list of very impressive women as Women of Influence: Attorneys. Ms. Scharrer has also been named a Pasadena Top Labor and Employment attorney for the past three years in Pasadena Magazine.


    Six Hunt Ortmann Attorneys Selected As 2022 Southern California Super Lawyers®

    January 25, 2022

    Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc. is proud to announce that six of its attorneys have been selected as 2022 Southern California Super Lawyers®. Shareholders Kevin Brody, John Darling, Richard Mah, Omel Nieves, and Dale Ortmann, along with Senior Counsel Larry Lubka were announced in the 2022 Super Lawyers® 20th Anniversary issue and recognized for their work in the practice areas of Construction Litigation and Real Estate.


    Hunt Ortmann Selected As 2022 Pasadena Best Employment Lawyers

    January 18, 2022

    Hunt Ortmann is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Expertise.com to their 2022 Best Employment Lawyers in Pasadena. Shareholder JoLynn Scharrer was also highlighted as leader of Hunt Ortmann's Employment Law Practice Group. Expertise.com selects experts in their field based on more than 25 variables across five categories, availability, qualifications, reputation, experience, and professionalism.


    Hunt Ortmann Attorneys Selected As 2022 Pasadena Top Attorneys

    January 18, 2022

    Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc. is proud to announce that eight of its attorneys comprising of Shareholders Kevin Brody, John Darling, Richard Mah, Omel Nieves, Dale Ortmann, Thomas Palffy, and JoLynn Scharrer, along with Senior Counsel, Larry Lubka, have been selected as Pasadena Top Attorneys for 2022 by Pasadena Magazine. Pasadena Magazine's 2022 Top Attorneys list and Attorneys of Distinction issue, which will be released in March, highlights Pasadena's best attorneys who were voted by their peers.


    Dale Ortmann and John Darling Selected As 2020 Leaders Of Influence: Top Litigators And Trial Lawyers By The Los Angeles Business Journal

    July 23, 2020

    Shareholders Dale Ortmann and John Darling have been selected as Leaders Of Influence: Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers this year! With over 300 nominations submitted this year, we are proud to salute their selection in recognition of their work, dedication to their clients and of course to the success of Hunt Ortmann. They are recognized in the July 13th issue of the Los Angeles Business Journal.


    Hunt Ortmann Celebrates 30 Years of Legal Excellence

    March 1, 2020

    On March 1, 1990, Hunt Ortmann first opened its doors in Pasadena, California. The Firm is pleased to have built a thriving and diverse practice since that date. We look forward to celebrating this special anniversary with the Hunt Ortmann family of clients and friends next year.


    Eight Hunt Ortmann Attorneys Named 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers®

    January 15, 2020

    Eight Hunt Ortmann attorneys were selected as 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers®: Kevin Brody, John Darling, Gordon Hunt, Richard Mah, Omel Nieves, Dale Ortmann, Thomas Palffy, and Kathlynn Smith