Arne B. Sandberg is Senior Counsel 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.
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 Clovis $28 million new surface water treatment plant construction;
- Napa Valley Community College District $25 million new library and learning center construction;
- Merced City School District $5 million elementary school expansion;
- Lammersville Joint Unified School District $25 million new elementary school;
- Pajaro Valley Unified School District $14 Million Watsonville High School addition project;
- City of Milpitas $40 Million new City Hall construction;
- City of San Leandro $15 Million library expansion and retrofit;
- City of Dublin $13 Million new library construction;
- Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District administration building expansion;
- Town of Windsor new corporation yard;
- East Bay Regional Park District new Contra Loma Swim Lagoon;
- City of South San Francisco wastewater treatment plant expansion.
Mr. Sandberg has also represented public agencies in disputes and litigation with sureties in connection with completion of a defaulting contractor's work. Notable cases include the City of Galt's $5 Million new police facility, the City of Dixon's $4.5 Million new sewer trunk project, and the Napa Sanitation District's Kennedy Park pipeline project.
On numerous occasions, Mr. Sandberg has resolved serious mid-project disputes through mediation and settlement conferences, thereby assuring expeditious project completion and mitigation of damages and potential claims.
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.