Mr Harold Hamersmith > Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP > Los Angeles, United States > Lawyer Profile

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
United States

Work Department

Construction & Infrastructure


Harold E. (Hal) Hamersmith is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office specializing in design and construction contracts, claims, litigation, domestic and international arbitration, construction defects, and public contract law. He is the Co-Team Leader of the firm’s Construction & Infrastructure group.


Mr. Hamersmith represents public and private owners, contractors, architects, and engineers, in a wide range of contexts. He regularly negotiates, drafts, and advises on contracts (design-build, EPC, construction, architectural and engineering services, construction management services, project control services, procurement of materials and systems, construction manager at risk, program management, etc.) for commercial, industrial, residential, hospital, school, highway/bridge, airport, railway, transit, hospitality and leisure, including hotels and casinos, power plant and other projects, including Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects. He advises on public contract bidding laws and disputes, including issues of bidder responsiveness, and on stop payment notice and lien laws, contract obligations and remedies, performance and payment bonds, issues concerning termination of contracts, etc., as well as on Contractors’ State License Law issues. His areas of expertise include litigation, arbitration, and mediation of disputes on public and private works involving construction defects, professional liability of architects and engineers, latent and patent defects in real property, strict products liability, extra work claims, changed conditions claims, delay, acceleration and disruption claims, defective work claims, mechanic’s liens and stop payment notice claims, prompt payment penalties, surety bond claims, bid protests, equipment failures, Uniform Commercial Code rights and remedies, and issues regarding state and federal false claim laws.


Member, Litigation Section, Committee on Construction Litigation; Member, Construction Industry Forum Committee, American Bar Association; Member, Litigation Section and Real Property Law Section, State Bar of California; Member, Steering Committee of the Construction Law Subsection of the Real Property Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association; Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers


J.D., University of Michigan, cum laude; B.A., University of Illinois, Phi Beta Kappa

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation)

West Coast-based firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has offices across California, and primarily handles disputes related to public and private projects. Co-chair of the construction group Candace Matson, supported by Robert Sturgeon, defended Parsons Corporation against claims amounting to $136m relating to an accident on a cell tower site. San Diego-based partners John Yacovelle and Marisa Miller successfully secured a $152m settlement for long-term client San Diego Gas and Electric Company against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries relating to the premature shutdown of a nuclear facility. The pair were supported by Neil Popović and associate Shanna Pearce, based in the San Francisco and San Diego offices respectively. Matson worked alongside Harold Hamersmith to defend Jacobs Project Management Company in a bid protest lodged by a competitor for major works in Los Angeles. Washington DC-based Hwan Kim is also noted. Unless otherwise stated, named attorneys are based in Los Angeles.