Arne B. Sandberg

Partner | Walnut Creek
Tel: 925.953.1620
Fax: 925.953.1625
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Arne B. Sandberg is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Walnut Creek office and co-chair of the firm's Facilities and Business Practice Group. Mr. Sandberg represents public agencies in construction disputes and complex property cases, and is a leader of the firm's Construction Advice and Litigation ("CAL") attorney team. He has litigated on behalf of public agencies since 1993, and he has specialized in public works construction and contract 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.

Professional Affiliations

He is a member of the California Bar Association and the American Public Works Association.


Mr. Sandberg speaks on construction topics at public agency and construction industry conferences, including CASBO, CASH, and APWA, as well as webinars and other venues.

Progressive Design-Build Authority Has Been Expanded for Local Public Agencies

By: Arne SandbergAmanda Savage-

SB 531 Amends Fingerprinting Requirements for Student Work Experience Contracts

By: Arne SandbergAndrea Olivarez-

Bid Thresholds Raised for 2024

By: Arne SandbergJunaid Halani-

Legislature Launches Pilot Program Allowing CMAS Contracts for Installation of Certain Materials SB 1422

By: Arne SandbergArielle Percival-

AB 185 Authorizes Alternative Design-Build Construction for K-12 School Districts

By: Arne SandbergKevin Serrano-

Piggyback Contracts for Modular Components Are Ineligible for State Funding

By: Arne SandbergAndrea Olivarez-

REMINDER: New Fingerprinting Requirements for All Contracts Became Effective January 1, 2022

By: Arne SandbergAndrea Olivarez-

California Supreme Court Rejects Expansion of the Prevailing Wages Requirement

By: Arne SandbergFabiola Rivera-

Office of Public School Construction Addresses Prohibition of Piggyback Contracting for Permanent Modular Buildings

By: Arne SandbergAlyse Nichols-

Appellate Court Rules That a Challenge to a Lease-Leaseback Contract Is Moot due to Completion of the Project

By: Arne SandbergAlyse Nichols-

Court Rules that Second Contract with the Same Vendor Did Not Create a Conflict of Interest

By: Arne Sandberg-

Appellate Court Concludes That Public Entities May Initiate Substitution Of A Subcontractor

By: Arne SandbergAlyse Nichols-

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;

Episode 50 Modular Buildings: A Primer for School Districts

By: Sloan SimmonsArne Sandberg-

Host Sloan Simmons joins partner Arne Sandberg to discuss modular buildings for California school districts, including the basics about modular buildings, procurement alternatives, and new legal developments impacting this area of school construction.