301 North Lake Ave.
7th Floor
Pasadena, CA 91101


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    Marwa Katbi



    Marwa Katbi is an associate with Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc.  She represents general contractors, subcontractors, and property owners on contract, change order, design, delay, defect, payment, mechanic’s lien, and a multitude of other construction-related claims.  Ms. Katbi’s legal work is carefully tailored to the needs of each particular dispute, and her practice is devoted to achieving the most favorable legal solutions for clients, whether those solutions are achieved through negotiated settlements, litigation, or dispute resolution.

    Prior to joining Hunt Ortmann, Ms. Katbi worked as an associate with two law firms representing clients in all areas of litigation relating to public and private construction projects.  Prior to law school, Marwa worked in the estimating department of a general contracting company where she gained extensive knowledge of contractor operations and industry practice.

    Ms. Katbi grew up in a construction family, and has over three decades of exposure to the world of public works and construction contracting.  She also has a depth of understanding about the challenges related to highly complex and sophisticated construction projects.

    Ms. Katbi obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California (USC), and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Irvine.


    • WCOE, Women Construction Owners & Executives
    • LACBA, LA County Bar Association


    • UCI Law, Pro Bono High Honors (2018)
    • USC, Cardinal & Gold Recognition (2011) from Division of Student Affairs for significant contributions in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service.


    • Defended general contractor against several lawsuits with millions of dollars of potential legal liability at stake. Diligently fought through each case, collected favorable evidence, and took witness depositions that led to settlements saving the contractor millions of dollars, and placed the client in a position to avoid bankruptcy.

    • Represented local general contractor against two adverse parties in a payment dispute originally brought by a national subcontractor seeking over half a million dollars of damages, inclusive of prompt payment penalties. The general contractor filed a cross-suit against a municipal City seeking millions of dollars of damages for potential change orders, unforeseen conditions, design defects, and delay claims related to lack of site access, a buried man-made object, and an undisclosed underground utility. The City filed a cross-suit against the general contractor seeking over $400,000.00 of liquidated damages. As part of a legal team, helped to move the disputes out of court and achieved a favorable result at the conclusion of a month-long arbitration.