Construction Attorneys

Stephen V. O'Neal - Partner

Steve O'Neal has long been recognized as one of the leading construction attorneys in the United States by Chambers USA, Who's Who Legal, The Best Lawyers in America, and The Legal 500 US, which determined that he "tops the list of construction litigators in the country." Construction practices led by Steve have been recognized three times by Chambers USA as Law Firm of the Year — Construction.

In more than 30 years of practice he has been involved in projects including energy, building, industrial, process plant, pharmaceutical plant, bridge, railway, and highway construction. Steve has represented clients on private sector and government contract matters in the United States and around the world.

Steve has acted as litigation counsel in mediations, administrative proceedings, domestic and international arbitrations, bench, and jury trials. He has represented clients in state and federal courts throughout the United States as well as in the courts of other sovereign jurisdictions.

In addition to representing clients in dispute resolution proceedings, Steve has extensive experience advising domestic and multinational clients on structuring, drafting, and negotiating construction and infrastructure agreements. He also has substantial experience serving as project counsel, assisting clients in achieving successful completion of their projects.

Related Experience
Jones Day represented the owner in disputes with contractors regarding the $8.5 billion CityCenter development.
Represented client in disputes relating to defective work claims concerning miles of buried pipeline.
Jones Day represented Lennar Corporation in various claims by parties allegedly impacted by construction site work.
Pines Point Marina
Litigation of claims of defective manufacture, product liability, and breach of implied and express warranties. Contact: Stephen V. O'Neal.
Telecommunications Upgrade Project
Litigated disputes arising out of telecommunications upgrade at San Francisco State University. Contact: Stephen V. O'Neal.
Carquinez Bridge
Represented fabricator in dispute regarding delays and contract interpretation. Contact: Stephen V. O'Neal
MGM Grand's Cirque du Soleil KA Theater
Represented owner in claims for delayed completion of theater. Contact: Stephen V. O'Neal
MetroLink Light Rail
Represented member of joint venture hired to design and manage construction of an extension to the MetroLink light rail system in disputes arising from termination. Contact: Stephen V. O'Neal/Kent W. Lindsay
Bio-Pharmaceutical Plant
Resolution of delay and defective design claims. Contact: Stephen V. O'Neal
Monterey Bay Equity v. Risdel
Contract dispute arising out of $30 million custom residence in Monterey. Contact: Stephen V. O'Neal
Biological Sciences Building Rehabilitation at San Francisco State University
Represented owner against general contractor and surety in claims for breach of contract. Contact: Stephen V. O'Neal
The Village at Centennial Square, San Francisco State University
Represented owner in disputes involving design and construction of 700-bed student housing facility and retail project. Disputes involved delay, cost overruns and defective construction. Contact: Stephen V. O'Neal.
Stanford Hotel Corporation
Represented an owner of hotel properties against multiple, simultaneous lien suits on several properties in a variety of jurisdictions resulting from a general contractor's default. Contacts: Stephen V. O'Neal
San Francisco Metreon
Contract dispute over cost overruns and delay claims. Contact: Stephen V. O'Neal
Charles Schwab Student Housing Center at Stanford University
Represented contractor in disputes with subcontractor arising from construction of graduate student dormitory. Contact: Stephen V. O'Neal
Koror-Babeldaob Bridge
Representation of the Government of Palau, the owner, against contractor in suit arising out of the collapse of the bridge. Contact: Stephen V. O'Neal
Oil Refinery Personal Injury Claims
Represented refinery owner and design-build contractor against catastrophic personal injury claims brought by an injured worker at petroleum processing plant. Contact: Stephen V. O'Neal
Greenhills Golf Course and Residential Development
Partnership dispute over development of residential community and golf course. Contact: Stephen V. O'Neal
Fillmore Center
Representated electrical contractor in breach of contract and fraud case. Multimillion dollar jury trial verdict obtained. Contact: Stephen V. O'Neal
Cornnuts New Factory
Resolution of disputes arising from construction of new plant. Contact: Stephen V. O'Neal
Marin Waste Water Treatment Plant
Litigated claims related to construction and performance of the Marin Waste Water Treatment Plant. Contact: Stephen V. O'Neal
Contact
Office Phone +1.415.875.5780
Office Fax +1.415.875.5700
Education
  • University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D. 1980; Associate Editor, California Law Review); University of California, Los Angeles (A.B. 1975)
Bar Admissions
  • California and U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of California, Northern District of Georgia, and District of Guam
Honors & Distinctions
  • Recognized as one of the leading construction attorneys in the United States by:

    Chambers USA: Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers

    Who's Who Legal

    The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers

    The Best Lawyers in America

    The Legal 500 US