Marion T. Hack


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

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

Professional Experience

"Always knows what the facts are and always puts together a very practical solution. She is clearly going to be a star." 

Chambers USA rankings, 2013

Marion Hack is a top tier trial lawyer with a solid track record of favorable verdicts and settlements. Specifically, Ms. Hack obtained a $52,000,000 unanimous jury verdict in favor of the City of Victorville for the failed Foxborough Power Plant Project, one of the largest verdicts ever in Riverside County.

Ms. Hack is a partner in the firm's Los Angeles office with over 18 years of experience practicing in construction and business law. Ms. Hack specializes in handling multi-million dollar claim disputes involving high profile, complex construction projects achieving either favorable settlements on behalf of her clients or taking those cases to trial resulting in favorable verdicts or judgments.

Her practice also includes a wide array of construction industry matters such as Bidding Disputes, Contract Negotiations and Drafting, Scheduling and Delay Issues, Mechanics Lien and Claims Resolution. She also has extensive experience with Construction Licensing Issues and has been asked to be an expert witness in this field.

She has represented some of the largest general contractors and subcontractors regarding claims and issues arising from major construction projects, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Arizona Cardinals Stadium, Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters, UNLV Student Recreation Center, Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Plant, Pasadena School District Modernization projects, Lawndale Performing Arts Center, Ventura Community College Exotic Animal Center, U. C. Davis Medical Center, and St. John's Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Hack has also represented many public owners including the City of Victorville, City of Huntington Beach and the Southern California Public Power Authority.

Ms. Hack's experience also includes transactional matters which greatly assist her in her litigation practice. Ms. Hack was the lead attorney in several merger and acquisition transactions for clients in tech, real estate, and online advertising, involving multinational corporations. For her clients, she completed those transactions at significant less cost than her counterparts. She has experience in drafting Employment Agreements, Commercial Leases, and Stock Purchase Agreements. She also has drafted numerous Attorney Opinions For Real Estate Sales Purchases.

Gibbs, Giden, Locher, Turner, & Senet LLP

Partner (2004- present)
Associate (1998-2004)

Breidenbach, Buckley, Hutching, Halm and Hamblet LLP
Associate (1995-1998)

Concept Development Company
V.P. of Construction (1989-1992)


AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell (highest rating)

Chambers USA, Key Individual, 2013

Southern California Super Lawyers, 2012, 2013

Super Lawyers Business Edition - 2013

Top LA Women Lawyers, 2012

Los Angeles’ Women Leaders in the Law,  2013

Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2004 – 2007

The Legal 500 – “outstanding lawyer” who is “highly recommended”, 2012

State by State Review of Licensing Requirements Affecting Construction Managers, 2010 Review Update Contributing Author, Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), 2011 Edition.

Home Improvement Contracts, Chapter 13, co-author, California Construction Law 17th Ed., Gibbs/Hunt Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, Aspen Publisher 2011.

Starting in 2012, LLC’s Can Hold A Contractor’s License, California Constructor (Journal of the Associated General Contractors of California), March, 2011.

Contractors Licensing; Remedies for Unlicensed Work, chapter co-author, Chapter 1, CEB Construction Contracts, Defects, and Litigation Treatise. California Continuing Education of the Bar, California (“CEB”), 2010. CEB is the official publication of the 

California Bar Association. 

The California Court of Appeals Give Construction Managers Guidance, eInsight (Construction Law Update), April 15, 2009 (re-published in the CMAA Southern California Summer 2009 Newsletter).

New California Construction Law Case Alert - Sanders Const. Co. v. Cerda 2009 WL 1844280, eInsight (Construction Law Update), July 30, 2009.

California Construction Law – 2007 Edition, Editor (HLK Global Communications, Inc. 2007).
New Requirements for Home Improvement Contracts, Los Angeles Lawyer (the Los Angeles County Bar Association Magazine), February 2007.


City of Victorville:
Foxborough Power Plant Project 52,000,000 unanimous verdict in favor of the city.

Vrastsinas Construction Company:
Defended at trial a subcontractor claim of non-licensed and false claim which included an award of attorneys fees.

Los Angeles Police Headquarters:
Provided risk management of contentious project resulting in zero claims against client designer.

Walt Disney Concert Hall:
Mediated $43 million dispute on project in favor of general contractor.

Jefferson Elementary School Modernization: (F. H. Paschen/SN Nielsen)
Successfully arbitrated claim resulting in $1.2 million award to contractor including attorney fees.

Magnolia Power Plant:
Mediated dispute on project resulting in owner paying minimal amount on $14 million claim by contractor.

Other Representative Clients:
• AECOM Design
• Vratsinas Construction Company
• Valleycrest Companies
• FH Paschen/SN Neilsen Inc.
• Arizona Cardinals
• M.A. Mortenson
• City of Huntington Beach
• City of Victorville


Speaker, 53rd Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys: The Peril of Being Everything to An Owner: A Case Study in Fiduciary Obligation  (Scheduled May 2014)
Speaker, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Division 3 “Hot Topics”:  Fiduciary Liability of Design Professionals in the wake of the City of Victorville Case (February 2014)
Speaker, AGC Legal Advisory Committee: Brief Summary of Selected New Statues and Cases for 2014 (January 2014)
Speaker, AGC Fall Conference: Specialty Contracting Issues (October 2013)
Speaker, ABA Construction Forum Annual Meeting: Effective Mediation Techniques (March 2013)
Speaker, AGC Legal Retreat:  New Issues in licensing law (Sept 2012)
Speaker, CA State Bar, Real Property Section Retreat (May 2012)
Speaker, The City Engineers’ Association of Orange County Board (2012)
Panelist, E21 Risk Allocation: Construction SuperConference (Dec 2011)
Moderator, Infrastructure-Foundation for Economic Growth (2011) SCDF
Adjunct Professor, Loyola Law School:  Construction Law (2011)  
Guest Lecturer, Loyola Law School:  Construction Law (2005-2007)  
Lecturer, Lorman Seminars:  Nevada Change Orders (2008-2009) 
Speaker, GGLTS Annual Review Preview Construction Law Seminar (2004-2012) 

Practice Areas

Construction Litigation and Transactions;
Business Transactions


University of the Pacific– McGeorge School of Law – (J.D., Dean’s List), Sacramento, CA, 1995
University of Southern California – (B.S., Business Administration), Los Angeles, CA, 1989

Professional Memberships/Certifications

Past President , Southern California Development Forum
American Bar Association, Construction Industry Subsection
CMAA, Legal Committee
Association of General Contractors, Legal Committee, (President Elect for 2015)

Bar Admissions

California Bar No. 179216, 1995
U.S. District Courts of California (Northern, Central & Southern)

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