Jose L. Padilla Jr.


1880 Century Park East, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90067-1621

Phone: (310) 552-3400
Fax: (310) 552-0805

Professional Experience

Jose L. Padilla is a partner at the firm. He was formerly a senior partner in the law firm of  Gansinger, Hinshaw & Padilla LLP before joining Gibbs, Giden, Locher, Turner & Senet LLP in early 1998, Mr. Padilla has thirty plus years of litigation experience with an emphasis on construction litigation in both construction defect and claims litigation. Over the years Mr. Padilla has represented large general contractors based in the western United States, many subcontracting firms in practically every construction discipline and several owners of custom built homes. He also has a commercial litigation and general business practice in which he represents manufacturers and distributors of equipment peer group security services, property management firms, and commercial and office building owners, providing legal advise with respect to their day-to-day business activities. Mr. Padilla is conversant in Spanish, has achieved Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating - AV, and has been selected for inclusion by Southern California Super Lawyers, 2011 -2014


J. Padilla, California Construction Law, 17th Edition, Gibbs/Hunt, Chapter 14 - Alternative Dispute Resolution
(Aspen Publisher 2011).

J. Padilla, California Construction Law – 2007 Edition, Chapter 7 Project Documentation
(HLK Global Communications, Inc. 2007).

J. Padilla, California Construction Law – 2007 Edition, Chapter 7 – Prompt Payment
(HLK Global Communications, Inc. 2007).

Representative Clients:

M.A. Mortenson Company
Enclos Corporation
Vulcan Materials Company
Port of Long Beach
City of Huntington Beach
County of San Luis Obispo
City of Oceanside
Torres Construction

Speaking Engagements:

Speaker, Gibbs Giden 20th Annual Review Preview Construction Law Seminar (Feb. 2014) Topic:  Construction Law Update
Speaker, Gibbs Giden 19th Annual Review Preview Construction Law Seminar (Jan. 2013) Topics: Recent Developments in Arbitration and Construction Law Update
Speaker, City of Long Beach Public Works Contract Admin. & Procedures Training (Oct. 2012) Topics: Project Documentation, Avoiding and Resolving Contract Claims and Disputes, Prompt Payment, Project Closeout
Speaker, Gibbs Giden 18th Annual Review Preview Construction Law Seminar (Jan. 2012) Topics: Electronic Discovery Update
Speaker, Gibbs Giden 16th Annual Review Preview Construction Law Seminar (Jan. 2010). Topics: Construction Defect Settlement Agreements; Electronic Discovery Act
Moderator, Associated Owners and Developers 2008 National Conference West (May 2008) Topic: Building Information Modeling and 4D: A New Standard for Future Planning, Design and Construction

Honors and Awards:

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Southern California Super Lawyers, 2011-2014

Practice Areas

Construction Litigation
Construction Defect
Claims Litigation
Commercial Litigation
General Business Practice


Santa Clara University School of Law (J.D., cum laude), Santa Clara, CA, 1982
University of California at Los Angeles (B.S., Mathematics), Los Angeles, CA, 1979

Professional Memberships/Certifications

State Bar of California
Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)

Bar Admissions

California, 1982
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1983
U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1983
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1983
U.S. Tax Court, 1983

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