Arne B. Sandberg is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Walnut Creek office. Mr. Sandberg represents public agencies in construction disputes and complex property cases. He has litigated on behalf of public agencies since 1993, and he has specialized in public works construction disputes and litigation since 1997.
Mr. Sandberg has represented a wide variety of public works projects "from cradle to grave," with emphasis on proactive project management to minimize claims, as well as cost-effective resolution of disputes and litigation. He helps clients resolve as many disputes as possible during construction, while assisting clients in keeping the project on schedule and preparing clients for claims that may arise at the conclusion of the project. In addition to defending large claims, he has prosecuted many actions to recover damages for public agency clients based on design and construction defects, including seven-figure recoveries.
Mr. Sandberg also drafts construction agreements for public agencies with contractors, design professionals, and construction managers. While no agreement is "bullet proof," he relies on his experience in disputes to develop provisions that reasonably protect his clients' interests and minimize the potential for disputes.
Mr. Sandberg earned his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He earned a B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
He is a member of the California Bar Association and the American Public Works Association.
Mr. Sandberg speaks regularly on construction topics at public agency and construction industry conferences, including APWA, CASBO, SSDA and CASH, as well as webinars and other venues.
January 2020Number 6A recent California Appellate Court ruling has determined that a public entity's award of a second contract to a construction firm did not create a conflict of interest even though it related to an earlier contract between the parties. InCalifornia Taxpayers Action Network v. Taber Construction, Inc. (2019) A145078, the First Appellate District held that the contractor's second contract with a school district did not create a conflict of interest because both contracts we...
June 2019Number 25In Synergy Project Management, Inc. v. City and County of San Francisco, certified for publication on March 14, 2019, the California Court of Appeal concluded that awarding agencies, like prime contractors, have the power to request substitution of a subcontractor under Public Contract Code section 4107 (hereafter referred to as Section 4107).BackgroundThe City and County of San Francisco (City) had awarded a contract to Ghilotti Bros., Inc. (Ghilotti) for a major renovation...
Two decisions in the last three months have increased the potential for a public entity to be held liable for an injury suffered on one of its recreational trails. Appellate courts deciding Garcia v. American Golf Corporation (May 3, 2017, No. B267613) ___ Cal.App.5th ___ and Toeppe v. City of San Diego (July 27, 2017, No. D069662) ___ Cal.App.5th ___ held that a public entity cannot assert recreational trail immunity when an adjacent hazardous condition of the publi...
Notable Projects and Cases
Mr. Sandberg has successfully resolved many complex public agency disputes with contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, and construction managers. Notable projects and litigation include:
- City of Antioch – $16 million water treatment plant expansion;
- Coast Unified School District - $20 million elementary school construction;
- City of Clovis - $28 million surface water treatment plant construction;
- Napa Valley Community College District - $25 million library and learning center construction;
- Merced City School District - $5 million elementary school expansion;
- Lammersville Joint Unified School District - $25 million elementary school construction;
- Pajaro Valley Unified School District - $14 million Watsonville High School addition;
- City of Milpitas - $40 million City Hall construction;
- City of San Leandro - $15 million library expansion and retrofit;
- City of Dublin - $13 million library construction;
- Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District - administration building expansion;
- Town of Windsor - corporation yard construction;
- East Bay Regional Park District - Contra Loma Swim Lagoon construction;