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Kris Cox

kris-coxKris Cox provides advice and representation to the construction industry, serving owners, public entities, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and designers involved in public and private construction and development, from initial planning, drafting of contracting documents, assisting in and litigation of the bid and award process, assisting with project execution, planning for disputes, and representation in litigation and dispute resolution.

Kris has extensive experience litigating and resolving disputes, guiding clients through complex and troubled projects of many differing types, including single private and public works, hospitals, airports, light rail projects, schools, dams, jails, roadway construction and paving, and residential and commercial property. With over 30 years of experience in a wide variety of construction projects and disputes, Kris brings knowledge of the construction industry, complex projects, construction disputes and claims, and the realities of construction to achieve his clients’ goals, resolve disputes, and provide principled, creative, smart, and forthright advocacy for his clients.

Representative Matters

Emergency Water Contracts

Represented and provided advice to a municipality and its engineering staff during the completion of several emergency water facilities improvement projects and assisted in resolving performance and contract claims issues with the prime contractor.


Airport Programmatic Construction

Advised and represented a major airport in all aspects of a capital improvement program involving over $2.9 billion in new construction, including advice and consultation to the Airport, and served as primary day-to-day legal counsel for program staff and contract management teams.


Hospital Building Project and Litigation

Assisted in representation of a public entity the construction of a new critical care building and the renovation and refitting of the Hospital’s steam generation facility.  Provided day-to-day advice and coordination with public entity staff and construction managers, involving management and correction of project controls, expert investigations into non-conforming conditions, evaluation and investigation of claims of delay, disruption and loss of productivity, and litigation of disputes in State and Federal Courts.


Light Rail Accident and Contract Litigation

Lead litigation attorney representing a light rail owner in federal district court involving claims arising from a train accident during testing of a light rail system, and also including claims of late completion of the work, changed conditions claims by the contractor, and a coverage dispute with the insurer for the project.


Public Utility Representation

Advised and represented the a public utility on major construction projects, contract claims, and bid protests, including day-to-day consultation with engineering staff, presentations before the utility board, development of contract documents, litigation representation, and creating and presenting educational seminars to engineering staff.


Dam Construction Litigation

Assisted in representation of a water district in litigation against design professionals after significant cost growth in a project to replace an earthen embankment dam.


Junior College Contract Development

Prepared complete standard front-end construction project and bidding documents for use by a Junior College for major construction projects.


Jail Construction Litigation

Represented and advised a public entity owner and operator in disputes and litigation relating to the design and construction of a jail facility involving delay, loss of productivity, and breach of contract claims brought by prime contractor, and prosecution of defective construction and late completion claims against contractors.


Freeway (Public Private Partnership Toll Road) Litigation

Participated in multi-firm legal team representing a joint venture of two construction and engineering companies acting as prime contractor in complex, multi-forum disputes arising out of the design and construction of a toll road developed under a Public-Private Partnership between public entities and private developers and investors.


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D. 1988
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., Political Science, 1985



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