Robert Sturgeon

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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South Hope Street 333
Los Angeles 90071 CA US

Robert T. Sturgeon is an attorney in the Construction, Environmental, Real Estate and Land Use Litigation practice group in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Sturgeon specializes in construction law and business litigation.

His practice encompasses a wide variety of construction and litigation matters, including delay claims, claims for changed work, contract disputes, construction lending disputes, construction defect claims, surety bond claims, mechanics’ liens and stop notices, public works issues, bid protests, false claims, claims for design professional negligence, products liability claims, international arbitrations, as well as drafting and negotiation of construction and design contracts.

Mr. Sturgeon handles construction matters from initial drafting of construction and design contracts and subcontracts, to advising parties with respect to claims and disputes arising during the design and construction process and their resolution and avoidance, through all facets of the litigation process for claims that proceed to litigation or arbitration.


  • J.D., University of Southern California, 1995, Order of the Coif
  • B.A., University of Southern California, 1986


  • California
  • Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois


  • University of Southern California — represented owner and general contractor against claims by subcontractors for additional compensation arising out of construction of a tower addition to the University’s cancer institute; and representing the owner on its counterclaims against subcontractors and designers for damages arising from defects in the project.
  • County of Orange — represented owner through successful settlement during trial in connection with claims against contractor and performance bond surety for breach of contract and failure of the surety to perform its bond obligations.
  • City of American Canyon — represented owner in action defending against contractor’s claims for additional compensation and prosecuting cross-complaint against contractor for breach of contract.
  • Palos Verdes Library District — represented owner in the prosecution of indemnity action following on a prior defect claim by the owner against the contractor, architect and construction manager, and in the defense of the subcontractor’s claims for additional compensation.
  • Bank of America, N.A. – represented construction lender in multiple lien and stop notice actions arising from large-scale residential development project in San Diego.  Obtained summary judgment and award of attorney’s fees against stop payment notice claimant and successfully defended claimant’s appeal.
  • Fluor Corporation — represented design-builder in arbitration with owner concerning a nitrogen production facility in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Parsons Engineering Science, Inc. — represented contractor in prosecution of claims against laboratory subconsultant for breach of contract, negligence and fraud in connection with testing of environmental samples.
  • M.A. Mortenson Company — represented contractor in claims brought by various tenants of the Northridge Fashion Center for property damages allegedly suffered during earthquake-related reconstruction.
  • Parsons-Dillingham, A Joint Venture — advised construction manager regarding its claims against the owner for failure to make payment for services performed on the Metro Rail project.


  • Member, Construction Law Subsection, Real Property Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


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