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Arthur G. Woodward, Partner

Arthur G. Woodward has represented a wide array of construction industry clients for more than two decades. Mr. Woodward also has extensive experience representing clients in complex business litigation matters, real property matters, and commercial real estate loan restructuring and workouts.

Art is a strong advocate for his clients, understanding the kinds of issues affecting them, and he brings a high degree of professionalism. Art held the position of co-chair of the litigation department of Sacramento’s largest law firm, Downey Brand LLP, and served as the practice group leader for the firm’s construction litigation group multiple times. He is an early neutral evaluator for the United States District Court for the Eastern District, a member of the American Arbitration Association Arbitrator Roster and a member of the Arbitrator Panel for the California Office of Administrative Hearings Public Works Arbitration Program. Art holds an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Art represents contractors, owners and suppliers throughout California on complex public works and private construction projects. His practice covers all aspects of construction, from the initial concept to project completion. Art is well versed in the nuances of construction contracts and public works bidding. He works with his clients to minimize the impact of disputes during construction and to posture the claims properly for post-completion disputes. In the event their project results in disputed claims, clients look to Art to bring his depth of understanding of construction law to outline a strategy for a winning claim or a successful defense. Art is equally at home in mediations, arbitrations and litigation in state and federal courts.

He provides a pragmatic approach and expertise representing clients in bid protests, mechanics liens and stop payment notice claims, contract disputes, payment and performance bond claims, Miller Act claims, scope of work and change order disputes, critical path delay claims, False Claims Act claims, prompt payment penalty claims, subcontractor listing issues, licensing issues, construction defect issues and public-works contractor termination matters.

  • Construction Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Real Property & Land Use Litigation
  • Commercial Loan Workouts
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • California, 1989
  • Colorado, 1993, Inactive
  • J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • Editor-in-Chief, Pacific Law Journal, (McGeorge Law Review) (1988-1989)
  • B.A., University of California at Irvine
  • California Office of Administrative Hearings Public Works Arbitration Program – Member, Arbitrator Panel
  • American Arbitration Association – Member, Roster of Arbitrators (Construction and Commercial)
  • State Director, Associated General Contractors of California 2016
  • Member, Associated General Contractors of California Legislative Committee (Present)
  • Past Chair, Associated General Contractors of California Legal Advisory Committee (2014)
  • Panel Member, CEB California Construction Disputes Program
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • President, Auburn Little League (2004)
  • Early Neutral Evaluator, United States District Court, Eastern District of California (Present)
  • Super Lawyers, Northern California Super Lawyer, Construction Litigation
  • Sacramento Magazine Top Lawyers List: Construction, Construction Litigation
  • Sacramento Business Journal, Best of the Best: Construction Attorney
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating
  • In re Eads, 135 B.R. 387 ( Bankr. E.D Cal. 1991) (regarding Federal supplemental jurisdiction)
  • Condon-Johnson & Associates, Inc. v. Sacramento Municipal Utility Dist., (2007) 149 Cal. App. 4th 1384 (regarding claims for differing subsurface conditions subject to Public Contract Code § 7104)