Practice Expertise

  • Construction

Areas of Practice

  • Construction

WSG Practice Industries


Lisa has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she worked for several years in project management and engineering for Turner Construction Company holding various field and office positions. During that time, she completed millions of dollars worth of work-in-place for the core-and-shell and tenant improvement divisions in the following sectors: hospitals and other healthcare and senior care facilities, laboratories, retail space, office towers, high-rise residential, and light industrial.

Lisa's construction field experience provides her with a deeper perspective and understanding of the construction process making her invaluable in assisting our construction clients' legal and business needs. The primary focus of her transactional practice is advising owners, designers, contractors or project teams regarding multi-million dollar design and construction deal structures utilizing collaborative and integrated delivery processes. She also drafts bid documents, contracts, and BIM protocols for large private and public works, including contract documents for public-private partnerships (P3), Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC), and Design-Build. Lisa is experienced with public procurement processes, HUD and USDA guidelines and protocols, and has international contract experience. On the claims side, she has experience advising clients regarding resolution of a variety of legal issues including contract disputes, claims and delay analysis, termination, default, mechanic liens and stop payment notice claims, defects and alternative dispute resolution. Lisa has a reputation for successfully working with clients to resolve claims and conflicts as they arise, in an attempt to avoid litigation, through business and legal negotiations.

Lisa developed California Women in Design + Construction™ (CWDC), an organization of professional women in the design and construction industry that hosts forums to discuss relevant topics and to provide networking opportunities.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • California State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

J.D., Syracuse University College of Law (1996)
B.S., Construction Management, California State University, Chico (1986)

Areas of Practice

  • Construction

Professional Career

Professional Associations
  • ConsensusDocs Industry Advancement Working Group Member
  • AIA Center for Integrated Practice Leadership Group
  • American Institute of Architects, California Council, IPD Steering Committee
  • American Society for Healthcare Engineering
  • American Bar Association Forum on Construction, Division 4: Project Delivery
  • Design-Build Institute of America
  • Design-Build Institute of America, Western Pacific Region, IPD-Lean Subcommittee, former Education, Steering, Programs, Legislative Committees
  • Construction Financial Management Association, San Francisco Chapter, Former Board Member
  • California Bar Association
  • City of Tiburon, Design Review Board, Former Member
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Marin Bar Association

Professional Activities and Experience
  • ELEVATE Real Estate Industry Impact Award – Honorable Mention (2017)
  • Chico State 2016 Distinguished Alumna Award, School of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management (2016)
  • The Legal 500, Recommended Construction Attorney (2015-2016)
  • Chambers and Partners USA, Construction
  • Women Leaders in Law, The Recorder (2012)


"Lean Construction and Design Assist," co-author, Design Cost Data Magazine (May/June 2019)
"An Integrated Approach to Modular Building," Construction Today (August 2018)
"Moving from Design-Build to Integrated Project Delivery," co-author, Design Cost Data Magazine (May 2017)
"The Owners' Guide to Starting Integrated Building Projects," contributor, written by Oscia Wilson (2014)
"Moving Design-Build closer to IPD," co-author, Boiled Architecture Blog (August 2013)
"Integrated Project Delivery: The Game Changer," co-author, American Bar Association: Forum on the Construction Industry (April 2012)
"How IPD Can Help Your Project Succeed," co-author, Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce (June 2011)
"Every Marriage — and Project — Needs a Honeymoon," co-author, Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce (May 2011)
"California: New Mandatory Notice Requirements for Enforcement of Mechanic's Lien Rights," co-author, Aon Construction Services (March 2011)
"Design-Build is Gaining Traction in the Public Sector," co-author, Construction Alert (March 2011)
"Comparison of Integrated Project Delivery Agreements," co-author, The Integrated Project Delivery Seminar Series (April 2009)
"Legal Meets the Cutting Edge of Digital Projects in Construction," co-author, Modern Contractor Solutions Magazine (2008)

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