Jose L. Padilla, Jr.

Senior Counsel


Mr. Padilla has thirty-five plus years of litigation experience with an emphasis on construction litigation in both construction claims and defect litigation, as well as a transactional construction practice, negotiating and drafting construction agreements. Over the years Mr. Padilla has represented large general contracting firms based in the western United States, developers of residential communities, municipalities, subtractors in practically every construction discipline and owners of custom built homes. He also has a commercial litigation and general business practice in which he has represented manufacturers and distributors of equipment, peer group security services, property management firms, and commercial and office building owners, providing legal advice with respect to their day-to-day business activities. Mr. Padilla is conversant in Spanish, has achieved Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating - AV, and has been named to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers from 2011 to 2019. Most recently he was selected as a Recommended Lawyer for Real Estate - Construction in the 2018 edition of  Legal 500 USA.


Represented general contractor, M.A. Mortenson, in a $50 million construction claim against owner arising from the construction of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Successfully prosecuted a construction claim by a general contractor against the developer of a high end condominium project in Aspen, Colorado while successfully defending against the developer's $98 billion claim for consequential damages due to delayed completion.

Represented the Port of Long Beach on various matters ranging from a multi-million dollar claim against a Chinese crane manufacturer who provided fourteen deficient container cranes to defending contractor's multi-million dollar construction claim relating to underground utilities.

Represented developer of apartment complex adjacent to Union Station in multi-million dollar construction claim case with general contractor.

Represented County of San Luis Obispo in two multi-million dollar actions brought by separate contractors arising from two phases of the construction of a major pipeline through the county.

Represented Curtainwall subcontractor in prosecution of claims arising from construction of the Aria Hotel, City Center Las Vegas.

Publications &
Speaking Engagements


J. Padilla, California Construction Law, 17th Edition, Gibbs/Hunt, Chapter 14 - Alternative Dispute Resolution
(Aspen Publisher 2011).
J. Padilla, California Construction Law – 2007 Edition, Chapter 7 Project Documentation
(HLK Global Communications, Inc. 2007).
J. Padilla, California Construction Law – 2007 Edition, Chapter 7 – Prompt Payment
(HLK Global Communications, Inc. 2007).

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, American Society of Professional Estimators - San Diego Chapter (Mar. 2014) Topic: Construction Law Update
Speaker, Gibbs Giden 20th Annual Review Preview Construction Law Seminar (Feb. 2014) Topic: Construction Law Update

Speaker, Gibbs Giden 19th Annual Review Preview Construction Law Seminar (Jan. 2013) Topics: Recent Developments in Arbitration and Construction Law Update

Speaker, City of Long Beach Public Works Contract Admin. & Procedures Training (Oct. 2012) Topics: Project Documentation, Avoiding and Resolving Contract Claims and Disputes, Prompt Payment, Project Closeout

Speaker, Gibbs Giden 18th Annual Review Preview Construction Law Seminar (Jan. 2012) Topics: Electronic Discovery Update

Moderator, Associated Owners and Developers 2008 National Conference West (May 2008) Topic: Building Information Modeling and 4D: A New Standard for Future Planning, Design and Construction

Awards &

Awards & Recognition

  • Recommended Attorney, Real Estate - Construction, Legal 500 USA, 2017-2018
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2011-2019
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Affiliations

  • Construction Managers Association of America (CMAA)


Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • J.D., Santa Clara Law School
  • B.S., University of California, Los Angeles