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Christopher L Mass

Construction and development Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

4.8   22 reviews
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  • Licensed for 32 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found

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About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Construction and development
    Construction Litigation involving general contractors, owners and subcontractors, including mechanic's lien law

    33 years, 350 cases

  2. Real estate
    Failure to disclose, boundary disputes and subsidence

    33 years, 175 cases

  3. Business
    Partnership and lease disputes

    33 years, 50 cases

  4. General practice
    Mediator and Arbitrator

    33 years, 350 cases


Mr. Mass is a construction and real estate trial attorney with 32 years’ experience. His primary focus is on representing property owners in high-end single family residence construction defect cases. He also has extensive experience handling real estate, business, joint venture, partnerships, insurance and general civil litigation matters in State and Federal courts.

Highly respected and well known by his peers in the construction litigation field, Mr. Mass has a proven track record in jury trials, arbitrations and negotiating mediated settlements. He specializes in high-end residential and commercial construction defect litigation and billing disputes against contractors, subcontractors, architects and engineers. He also represents property owners in neighbor disputes involving boundary lines, slope failures, nuisance, trespass, negligence, quiet title, lateral and subjacent support/subsidence and tree root damage cases.

Having worked as in-house counsel for a general contractor for nearly a decade, Mr. Mass combines first-hand knowledge of construction, construction management and project finance, with extensive experience in construction litigation, negotiation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. He also specializes in suing unlicensed contractors for disgorgement under Bus. & Prof. Code §7031(b) and for fraud in the inducement under Bus. & Prof. Code §7160. General contractors that hire unlicensed subcontractors are barred from recovering from an owner for work performed by an unlicensed subcontractor. Kim v. TWA Construction, Inc. (2022) 78 808. When contractors step out of line in this regard and in other respects, Mr. Mass has experience enforcing violations of Contractors State License Law under the Unfair Business Practices Act, Bus. & Prof. Code §17200, et. seq. and via civil lawsuits against contractors and surety bond companies and complaints with the Contractors State License Board.

Working with small and medium-sized construction companies and businesses is also a focus of Mr. Masses practice. He handles commercial transactions, prepares prime construction and subcontract agreements and records mechanic’s liens. He also formulates risk management strategies and assists in-house counsel with a myriad of issues, including employment matters. He represents uninsured general contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers and suppliers and in construction defect cases, delay and mismanagement claims, and billing, collection and mechanic’s lien disputes.

With his background in personal injury law, Mr. Mass utilizes his construction experience to handle serious and catastrophic construction injury cases. He understands the reach of the Privette Doctrine and the holding in Seabright and works to create third-party liability that avoids the exclusive remedy of workers’ compensation insurance in industrial accident cases.

Perhaps most importantly, Mr. Mass is a consummate litigator and zealous advocate on behalf of his clients. He is tenacious, ethical and laser focused on the client’s objectives and budget considerations. He listens attentively, actively collaborates with his clients, provides realistic assessments of the anticipated cost of litigation and likely results, and works diligently to achieve successful outcomes. He tailors his approach to litigation to the needs and expectations of his clients. He further works cooperatively with opposing counsel to amicably resolve disputes to avoid the cost and uncertainty of litigation.

Mr. Mass enjoys spending time with his family and raised twin boys with his wife, Martina, a commercial actress. He is a competitive tennis and pickle ball player and was a cheerleader at Boston College, which explains his enthusiastic approach to the law.


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4.8 / 5.0
  22 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
All around great lawyer!
I wanted a high powered lawyer that looked and fit the part; Chris was exactly that! He is always prepared, well dressed, and very professional. Chris was a great lawyer that was always there for me. He always took my calls or would call me back within a couple of hours. Chris represented me (the homeowner) in a construction defect, fraud case that involved multiple parties to include the developer, realtor, and appraiser. Chris does his research, wrote very impressive briefs, and answered my many questions every step of the way for approximately a year and a half. Chris secured a settlement that I was good with. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Anne | December 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
We hired Chris Mass to represent us in two unrelated, difficult matters, which he did, simultaneously and diligently, and the outcome of both cases exceeded our expectations. He is very knowledgeable about construction issues, litigation and real estate matters—and truly cares about his clients. Even his response time to our questions/emails impressed us!
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Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2020
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Intelligent, Efficient, and Cost Effective
Hired Chris Mass to represent us in a construction type dispute. He is diligent, intelligent, efficient, and keeps costs down. He is very knowledgeable about construction issues, litigation, and truly cares about his clients. To boot, his response time to our emails was impressive!
Posted by David | April 11, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
I have used Chris’ services over the past 20 years for my small business and highly recommend him for anyone needing legal representation or advice. I have always found him to be upstanding, knowledgeable and responsive. At times I’ve needed him to take legal action on my behalf. On such occasions Chris has provided me with effective representation. He was efficient, timely, thorough and helped me achieve positive outcomes. Numerous other times l’ve sought his legal advice and expertise. What I‘ve really appreciated about Chris on those occasions is that he would make himself available for consultation, walking me through situations where I just needed some guidance, not necessarily legal representation or action. He’s always been mindful about my desire to contain costs for my small business. Overall, in my long-standing relationship with Chris I feel like I have someone who is looking out for my best interests. Additionally, I’ve had the pleasure to get to know Chris personally over the years and I can say that he is a good, honest person and a true family man. David
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Posted by Richard | April 10, 2020
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honesty and integrity
Mr.Chris Mass is a great attorney,he took my case that by all others was unwinnable.Great presence in court and knew what he was doing and got right to it.Very knowledgeable, understanding,and honest.
Posted by Greg | April 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chris gave us piece of mind!
My wife and I just finished a major second story remodel and having Chris there to support us made us feel protected throughout the whole process. Before we started we decided to have Chris review our contractors contract. He was very thorough and highlighted all the necessary details. He also did a full check of our contractor which came out very positive. We had a good feel for our contractor but to have an experienced lawyer like Chris verify the quality of the contract and the contractor made it any easy decision for us to move forward. Our contractor turned out to be wonderful and our house was finished with zero problems whatsoever. I’m glad we didn’t have to use Chris’s services to help us solve any problems with construction but it was a great piece of mind to us that we had him throughout our construction! I highly recommend Chris before embarking on any major construction project!
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Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2019
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Contractor dispute
Christopher was immediately responsive to our request for counsel related to workmanship issues with a contractor. He provided clear guidance on the law and our options ultimately resulting in a satisfactory outcome with out escalating the situation to court. I appreciated that Christopher focussed on the most economically appropriate outcome and kept us from going into a rabbit hole to prove a point.
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Posted by JC GUILBAUD | September 25, 2019
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Fantastic lawyer !
Christopher helped us a lot during a complex real estate issue. He was efficient, clear and always available. Without him, we would not have had the success we had.
Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Ecstatic to have found such a great lawyer!
We are just so fortunate to have found Chris to represent our case. Chris was there for us every step of the way, answered questions promptly, returned all calls, emails, text, messages - and all almost instantaneously. We highly valued and appreciated his advice and are very happy with the outcome of our case. We just cant recommend Chris enough. He is fair, honest and very good at what he does. Place your trust in him. You wont be disappointed.
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Posted by Valerie | October 18, 2015
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Chris Mass is a damn good attorney.
He is as shrewd as he is compassionate, as generous with his time and attention with clients as he is quick to bore holes through the arguments of his opponents, and as adept with discerning and proffering legalese with council as he is able to explain such in clear and concise terms with clients. Chris has been my legal counsel on two cases. He is comprehensive, tenacious and effective. He’ll ask you a million questions then ask you a million more. And you’re all the better for it. His investigation, while first exhaustive and all encompassing, quickly sharpens and turns incisive and strategic. He truly is masterful at culling the key information from, and honing the winning facts for, your case. And, bearing witness during arbitration, he wields his skill with grace and certainty. Legal matters can be daunting and unnerving to many and I am no exception. That is until bringing Chris on board. Through his knowledge and guidance, I was well taken care of and informed, I understood the intricacies of the case as clearly as I understood my options and consequent plan of action, and as a result, rather than fear and overwhelm, I felt calm, empowered and confident. If ever I again need legal representation, without doubt, Chris Mass is who I will turn to. I'm grateful for his integrity, expertise and graciousness. And I wholeheartedly recommend him!
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Posted by Jonathon | May 28, 2015
Some of the best real estate advice. I owe a lot to Chris Mass.
Chris Mass provided me with clear, concise and spot on advice with regards to a problematic real estate matter that I fell into, as a result of an untrustworthy manager of mine. Law is not my strength and interpretation of legalese is even more of a weak spot for me, but Chris was able to identify areas of strength and weaknesses of the case, enabling me to make the right decision. I would have been lost without his guidance and integrity, rare qualities for current times. Many, many thanks!
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Posted by Henry | May 28, 2015
On Top of My Entire Case
I've hired many lawyers over the past 40 years of business and must say that Chris is one of the best, most knowable, responsive professionals I have come across. he always calls back..which is a big one for d knows his SH*T As a plaintiff in a Construction Defect lawsuit against the General Contractor that built my home, I hired Chris Mass for a few reasons: 1. He was always well informed and did the necessary research to confirm a legal position and our assertions. 2. He was cordial, respectful to all parties involved. 3. He stayed the course and eventually brought a subcontractor into the picture and secured a settlement from the Sub. 4. Obtained a $650k + judgement agains the General Contractor I have referred Chris to many associates and friends and would rehire him in a heartbeat if a situation warranted legal representation.
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Posted by Patrick | May 27, 2015
Helped with Personal and Professional matters
My family and my business has had the 'pleasure' of working with Chris. He was very professional, informative and diligent when working and representing us on both personal and professional matters. For the personal matter he assisted us mitigate a financial matter. For my office he developed our contracts and assisted us in pursuing non-paying construction clients. I highly recommend Chris and his firm.
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Posted by Neal Hribar | May 21, 2015
Small Office Matter
Retained Chris for a small conflict in the office that escalated into a potential legal problem. Chris responded quickly and it was resolved peacefully. I also know Chris as my landlord. He is very fair, easy to work with and his style is win/win. Neal
Posted by Karen | October 12, 2014
Outstanding Job by Chris Mass!
Chris represented me in a construction fraud litigation case with the utmost professionalism and tenacity. He not only had a default judgement against me dismissed but through his experience, knowledge and effectiveness he had me dismissed out of the entire case - something my prior attorney couldn't do and/or figure out. Chris was also always responsive and listened to me and explained different options he could take to obtain our goal which was to make the litigation go away as quickly and painless as possible. Goal Achieved! I highly recommend Chris Mass.
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2014
Thank you Christopher Mass!
Christopher provided the support I needed to succeed during a difficult situation. He was available when I called and kept me apprised throughout the entire process. The odds weren't in our favor, but Christopher reassured me of my rights and ultimately facilitated a successful outcome. I'm not a person that often writes reviews or suggests referrals. However, Christopher impacted my life in a vast way, so I'll continuously go out if my way to suggest him to my close friend and family.
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Posted by David | June 2, 2014
Great legal advice and representation for small business owner
Chris has been a tremendous help with lien, construction/development, and employee matters for my small business. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Henry | May 30, 2014
Christopher Mass Lands Settlement in Construction Defect Lawsuit
Mr. Mass represented us in a construction defect lawsuit (we are the homeowner). His work was impeccable,. He was generous with his time and energy. We pursued a subcontractor, when the general contractor bankrupted themselves to avoid liability. Through his diligence and and knowledge of construction law were were able to secure a judgment through from the subcontractor's insurance company. I HIGHLY recommend Mr. Mass
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Posted by Stephen | May 30, 2014
My experience dealing with Christopher Mass was a good as it gets. He went over and above the call of duty, and keep me fully informed of every aspect of our business. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking legal advise or action. Stephen Pavlick President DWA (2010) Ltd. Canada
Posted by Billy | May 30, 2014
A Great Attorney
Chris represented me in a civil suit I filed against my former employer for wages and expenses owed me. I could not have received better representation! He did his homework and was well prepared in court . Due to his efforts on my part I was awarded the wages and expenses owed me. A plus is Chris is a really nice guy and takes a genuine interest in his clients welfare! I would highly recommend Chris as a great attorney!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 550-700 per hour
  • Contingency 30%-50%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Gibbs Gidden
  • 2020 - Present
  • Partner
  • Mass | Montes LLP
  • 2006 - 2020
  • General Counsel
  • Houck Incorporated
  • 2001 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Ford Walker Haggerty & Behar
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Grace, Genson Cosgrove & Schirm
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Associate
  • Bienstock & Clark
  • 1994 - 1997
  • Associate
  • Tuverson & Hillyard
  • 1991 - 1994
  • Judicial Clerk
  • California Court of Appeal, Second District, Justice Johnson
  • 1990 - 1990
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  • Whittier College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Boston College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987


  • Arbitrator
  • 2006 - Present
  • California State Bar Association, Committee on Administration of Justice
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2012 - 2014

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • California Lawyer Magazine
  • Litigation Breeds Litigation
  • 2000
  • Whittier Law Review
  • Notes & Comments Editor
  • 1991
  • Whittier Law Review
  • Proposition 103: Too Good To Be True
  • 1990

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (3)
Endorse Christopher
Litigation Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Christopher is an excellent attorney and fights hard for his clients. Highly recommend."
Personal injury Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Chris Mass. Chris' knowledge of personal injury law, wealth of experience, and commitment to his clients makes him one of the top personal injury attorneys in Southern California. He's a first class attorney."
Arbitration Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Chris. I’d hate to be his opponent in a jury trial or arbitration. Honest, sharp as a knife, and a highly personable communicator."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is an exceptional litigation attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. We have worked together on matters and I have always found him to be highly competent, ethical, and diligent. He places a high value on client service and has also been a great mentor."
Construction and development Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known this lawyer for a number of years. I have litigated with him and against him. He is an honest and intelligent lawyer"
Construction and development Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In addition to being a friend, Chris is a terrific lawyer. I regularly refer personal injury and construction-related matters to him."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very competent and hard working."
Litigation Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Los Angeles Construction and development Lawyer Christopher L Mass
Christopher L Mass
Construction and development Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 32 years
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