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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.

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Emily A. Kromke

Senior Counsel



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Emily Kromke is an accomplished construction litigator. For more than a decade Ms. Kromke has dedicated her practice to handling the broad needs of contractors, from navigating public bidding rules to filing mechanic’s lien claims.

She represents a variety of contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in wide-ranging construction and business disputes including public works, scheduling claims, bid disputes, contract claims, change orders, mechanic’s liens and stop notices, bond claims, labor claims, licensing issues and construction defect matters. Ms. Kromke has represented contractors in disputes against public entities and private developers alike. Ms. Kromke has considerable trial experience including jury and bench trials in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. She also advises public works contractor clients as general counsel in a variety of business, litigation, labor and construction matters.

Ms. Kromke also handles employment claims including prevailing wage claims, apprenticeship issues, labor claims, and wage and hour litigation. She has successfully represented employers in myriad civil litigation labor claims as well as administrative hearings with the State of California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. She is particularly knowledgeable with regard to the intersection of employment and public works law.

Ms. Kromke has represented homeowners in a wide range of real property and construction related issues including adverse possession, hillside lateral support claims, construction defect claims and mold-related claims.

She is past secretary of the National Association of Women in Construction Los Angeles (NAWIC).


Whittier Law School
J.D., Summa Cum Laude
Moot Court Honors Board
Law Review Member, Notes and Comments Editor

Brigham Young University
B.A., Political Science
B.A., History


United States District Court of California, Central


CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Constitutional Law I, Natural Resources Law, Environmental Law, International Law

News + Publications

A Trifecta of Confusion: What Will the Legislature Do with Prevailing Wage Law After Kaanaana, Mendoza, and Busker?

In the Penalty Box: Court of Appeals Confirms One-Year Statute of Limitations for Disgorgement Claims

Hunt Ortmann Wins Significant Prevailing Wage Claim Reduction for Pasadena Contractor

“The California Legislature’s Response to Merrill v Navegar: An Analysis”, Whittier Law Review, Spring 2003

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