Distinguished Construction Attorney Eric Phillips Joins Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP as a Partner

OAKLAND, Calif., April 24, 2012 – Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP has further reinforced its Construction Group with the addition of Eric Phillips as a partner. Phillips is the second high-profile construction lawyer with a nationwide practice to join the firm in the past two months; the firm recently added veteran construction attorney Roger Hughes.

“Eric’s experience resolving high-stakes disputes on large-scale projects across the country, along with his in-depth knowledge of ancillary legal issues, makes him a superb addition to Wendel Rosen’s rapidly growing construction practice,” said the firm’s Managing Partner, Daniel Rapaport. “We are extremely proud to be in the position to attract such major talent, and we welcome Eric wholeheartedly as the latest senior-level addition to the Wendel Rosen construction team.”

Phillips advises some of the nation’s largest contractors and project owners on highly technical, multi-million dollar infrastructure projects involving hospitals, railways, airports, joint intermodal terminals, bridges, highways and power plants, to name a few. He has served as lead counsel on a number of the largest construction projects and related disputes in the country, including a foreign and local subsidiary on a transportation project with more than $700 million at risk. His hospital experience includes resolving high-stakes litigation and ADR matters for hospital owners that rank among the largest in the United States.

Phillips has extensive experience representing public and private owners on a variety of disputes, including cost overruns, differing site conditions, defective design and construction of air quality control systems in power plants, electrical and chemical engineering disputes, material science and related structural failures, workplace environmental hazards, water intrusion, economic loss resulting from substandard construction and resulting human factors in the workplace, marine dredging and related geotechnical defects, and a variety of designer negligence disputes, among others.

Other areas of Phillips’ expertise include the review and analysis of CPM (“critical path method”) schedules and delay claims, change order claims, differing site conditions and force majeure claims, bid disputes, and the assessment of damage claims, including lost productivity, acceleration, idle labor and equipment, changes in character of work, and the effects of unbalanced bids.

Phillips is a member of the American Bar Association’s Construction Industry Forum and the Associated General Contractors of California’s Legal Advisory Committee. He also serves as Chief Legal Counsel to the Project Management Institute – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. Phillips received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law (1995) and obtained his B.A. (1991) and B.S. (1992) from Loyola University Chicago.

About Wendel Rosen
Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP serve a diverse clientele of business, public and individual clients located throughout California and the United States. With offices in Oakland and the Central Valley, the 103-year-old firm and its varied practice groups also advise a broad-spectrum of clients on construction-related issues, including transactional matters, civil litigation and resolution of disputes involving real estate; business/corporate; bankruptcy, restructuring and creditor rights; eminent domain; employment; environmental matters; green building; insurance; intellectual property; and land use. In 2003, the firm became the first law firm in the country to gain third-party certification as a green business and has won numerous recognitions for its leadership in the green economy. Additional information about the firm and its attorneys may be found at www.wendel.com.

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