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Mr. Guirguis is a Shareholder with the Firm. He is also an engineer. He has been involved in the construction industry in various capacities for over 18 years. Prior to practicing law, he worked as a construction engineer with large general engineering contractors on multi-million dollar projects such as the MTA Gateway Center and the Ontario International Airport expansion. During that time, he coordinated and oversaw work of subcontractors. He also directed contractor forces performing concrete construction. His duties also included scheduling of the work and sequencing of construction activities. Mr. Guirguis also worked as an engineer and project manager with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. During his tenure there, he worked in the Water Resources Division where he oversaw 32 dams in the County under the jurisdiction of the Division of Safety of Dams ("DSOD"), within California's Department of Water Resources. Mr. Guirguis periodically inspected those dams and drafted engineering reports on their performance to the DSOD. Mr. Guirguis also worked with the General Projects Group in the Project Management Division where he managed several capital construction projects for the County. For the last 11 years at Hunt Ortmann, Mr. Guirguis has represented owners, general contractors, public entities, subcontractors, material suppliers, and engineers/architects in all aspects of private and public works. He has also advised clients during contract drafting and negotiations. He has also litigated real estate and general business disputes. He appeared and argued cases before the California Court of Appeal. Mr. Guirguis also regularly lectures and presents Seminars on various topics in construction law. Additionally, he currently serves on the "Greenbook" Committee for Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction. Mr. Guirguis' practice also focuses on business disputes, real estate disputes, and collection matters.


Languages spoken: French, Arabic, English

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  1. Construction: 75%
    4 years
  2. Business: 15%
  3. Arbitration: 10%
    4 years

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Hunt Ortmann

301 North Lake Avenue, 7th Floor
Pasadena, CA, 91101-5118


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Pasadena Top AttorneyPasadena Magazine2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderHunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc.2001 - Present
Senior Civil Engineer Assistant/Project ManagerLos Angeles County Department of Public Works1998 - 2001
Field EngineerCharles Pankow Builders1994 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Associated Builders and ContractorsMember2012 - Present
American Public Works Association, Greenbook Committee of Public Works Standards, Inc., Specifications SubcommitteeMember2011 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Representing Owner, Defeated Contract Termination Claims by Contractor exceeding $30 Million90% of the amount claimed was defended against. The contractor’s claim was further reduced by substantial costs and expert witness fees recovered by the agency as a result of a statutory settlement offer which the contractor failed to accept.
Defense of a Water District against claims exceeding $2 millionN/A
Representation of an engineering contractor against a public entity and private developerN/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
California State Polytechnic University, PomonaCivil EngineeringN/A1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lorman Education Services- SeminarPublic Contracts and Procurement Regulations in California2012
American Public Works Association National Congress - Anaheim, CARecent Court Decisions and Their Impact on California Public Works2012
Mediation, Arbitration, and TrialMediation, Arbitration, and Trial2011
Construction Management Association of America- Seminar Long Beach, CAMechanics Liens, Stop Notices and Bonds2010