Hunt Ortmann is one of the foremost authorities on California construction law, contracts, dispute resolution and litigation offering additional legal services in the areas of business and commercial law, employment matters and labor law compliance, real estate, insurance and suretyship.
Mr. Ortmann is a senior shareholder and co-founder of Hunt Ortmann, with more than 30 years’ experience in construction and real estate law. He works with construction industry clients from project inception, including contract preparation and negotiations, to project conclusion, including the resolution of construction claims and disputes in mediation, arbitration and litigation. His clients include public agencies, developers, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, design professionals, homeowners associations and sureties in such matters.
Representative projects include water/wastewater treatment plants, dams and reservoirs, tunnels, pipeline and utility projects, educational institutions, manufacturing facilities, hotels and resorts, hospitals and medical care facilities, commercial publishing facilities, convention centers, office low rise and high rise buildings, environmentally sensitive projects, historical projects, large tract and multiple residential construction, and custom single-family residential construction.
He has provided transactional services on projects exceeding $1 billion in value, and has litigated matters exceeding $50 million in controversy.
Mr. Ortmann has successfully represented clients in jury and court trials, arbitrations, mediations before Dispute Resolution Boards.
Mr. Ortmann has also served as mediator on numerous construction law disputes, with a high settlement success rate resolving difficult and complex construction disputes. Mr. Ortmann’s approach in mediation, as with representation of his own clients, is attention to detail and aggressive persistence until the matter is resolved.
Mr. Ortmann is also a frequent speaker before numerous construction industry organizations, with focus on current trends and recent developments in construction law.
Mr. Ortmann’s broad experience includes the following construction-related issues: alternative project delivery methods, integrated project delivery (IPD), building information modeling (BIM) and risk allocation, competitive bidding, bid protests, False Claims Act disputes, latent and patent construction defects, differing site and changed conditions claims, extra work claims, contract default and termination, surety take-overs, surety bond claims, delay and disruption claims, impaired productivity claims, design professional liability disputes, mechanic’s lien, stop notice and payment bond enforcement, LEED™ contract compliance, contract cost audits and insurance coverage disputes.
Mr. Ortmann is also a member of the Board of Directors of a large national mechanical contractor.