Theodore L. Senet


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

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

Theodore L. Senet is a named partner of the firm. Since joining the firm, Mr. Senet's areas of practice have been insurance, construction, environmental and real property law. Prior to joining Gibbs Giden, Mr. Senet was Regional Counsel for Lawyers Title Insurance Company, with responsibility for claims handling, insurance underwriting, regulatory and real property matters. Mr. Senet has been involved in planning, development, construction of major projects, including high rise buildings, hospitals, airports, roadways, pipelines, power and processing plants, refineries, manufacturing facilities and large commercial and residential developments. He currently represents private and public entities in project planning, risk management, insurance coverage litigation, complex construction defect and environmental litigation, construction delay claims, major tort and class action litigation. Mr. Senet is a well-known educator and author. He has taught courses on insurance, construction and real property law, and has been a principal speaker at numerous seminars and industry conferences. He has published numerous articles and has been a contributing author on a number of books on construction and insurance law.

Mr. Senet is a member of the American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, and a member of the ABA's Forum on the Construction Industry. Mr. Senet has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He is a former director of the Los Angeles Chapter of the United States Green Building Council and is also one of the few attorneys in California to be a LEED® Accredited Professional (Building Design and Construction).

May 23, 2014 - Green Building, Leasing and Sustainability, University of California, Continuing Education of the Bar, Westwood, CA.

April 24, 2014 - New California Energy Laws: Major Opportunities and Liabilities for Green Building and Renovation Projects, Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo, Downey, CA.

March 30, 2014 - New Developments in Public Works Contracting, City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County, Laguna Beach, CA.

Principal Speaker, “New Laws on Green Building and Energy,” 20th Annual Review Preview Construction Law (January 2014)

Panel Speaker, “Construction Defects Litigation,” University of California, Continuing Education of the Bar (March 2013)

Joint Presentation, “Green Building – Legal Issues and Solutions,” 12 Annual Municipal Green Building Conference (April 2013)

Panel Speaker, “Green Building – Legal Issues and Solutions,” 2nd Annual Valley Green Building Education Conference and Expo (June 2012).

Panel Speaker, “Constitutional Issues Relating to Buy Local and Local Hiring and Contractor Preferences,” League of Cities Conference (May 2012).

Speaker, “Future of the Built Environment,” Loyola Law School (March 2012).

Joint Presentation, “Green Building – Legal Issues and Solutions,” Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo (2012).

Panel Speaker, Continuing Education of the Bar (University of California and the State Bar of California):  Construction Defect Litigation (2012 - 1998).

Speaker, “Green Building Liability,” Los Angeles Chapter of the Construction Specification Institute (February 2011).

Panel Speaker, “We Won’t Get Fooled Again: Lessons Learned from the Economic Downturn,” sponsored by the American Bar Association (September 2010).

Principal Speaker, CLE International Municipal Law Conference:  “Green Design and Building – Legal Risks and Issues;” and “Public Works Projects – Claims Avoidance, Bid Protests and Dealing with Defaulting Developers and Sureties” (June 2010)
Moderator, Continuing Education of the California State Bar:    Hot Topics in Property & Liability Insurance (May 2010).

Speaker, Tri-Counties Government Lawyers Association:  “Advantages, Disadvantages and Implementation of Design Build Project Delivery Systems” (March 2010)

Principal Speaker, City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County (CAALAC): “So Your Contractor is Not Performing” (March 2010)

Speaker, New Developments in Public Works Construction,” sponsored by the City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County (February 2009).

Chairperson, The Association of Owners and Developers (AOD), National Conference West:  Planning, Design and Project Management for the 21st Century (2008).

Panel Moderator, State Bar of California   Real Property Section:  Mediation and Arbitration of Construction Disputes (May 2008).


LEED Accredited Professional, 2009

Architects & Engineers, California Construction Contracts, Defects and Litigation, Chapter Eight (Author), Continuing Education for the Bar (CEB 2009)

New California Law Will Require Major Changes in Construction Contracts  (Co-Author), CMAA Southern California Chapter Newsletter, Legislative Section, Winter 2009

California Statewide "Green" Building Code New Challenges and Opportunities, (Co-Author), CMAA Southern California Chapter newsletter, Legislative Section, Fall 2008.

Nuts & Bolts of Modern Wrap-Up Liability Insurance article, URS Claims Resource Fall 2008 Newsletter, by Theodore L. Senet, Esq.

Theodore L. Senet, Introduction to Green Building Construction:  An Overview of Sustainable Construction in Los Angeles and LEED Certification, Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (July 2007 Program Materials).

Theodore L. Senet, California Construction Law – 2007 Edition, Chapter 5   Surety Bonds (William D. Locher, ed., HLK Global Communications, Inc. 2007).

Theodore L. Senet, California Construction Law – 2007 Edition, Chapter 4   Insurance & Risk Management (William D. Locher, ed., HLK Global Communications, Inc. 2007).

Equity Residential City of Pasadena
Pulte Homes City of Oxnard
Crescent Heights
City of Riverside
City of Glendale
City of Moreno Valley

Practice Areas

Construction and Public Contract Law;
Environmental Law;
Insurance Law;
Real Property; and
Major Tort Litigation


Loyola Law School (J.D.), Los Angeles, CA, 1978
University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A., English), Santa Barbara, CA, 1975

Professional Memberships/Certifications

State of California Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
American Bar Association (Tort and Ins. Practice Section; Construction Industry Forum)
Construction Managers Association of America, CMAA (Affiliate Member)
U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter (Member)

Bar Admissions

California, 1978
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1979
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1979

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