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Blair Shahbazian is a partner with the Construction Law Team and Real Estate Law Team and served as managing partner of Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP from 2008 to 2012. He formerly was a partner of Diepenbrock, Wulff, Plant & Hannegan, LLP, with which he started his legal career in 1986. His practice area focuses on general civil litigation and transactions with emphasis in construction and real estate law, including negotiating and drafting contracts; public contract procurement, including bid protests; and real estate litigation. He has represented public and private property owners, developers, general contractors and subcontractors, design consultants, public entities, property management companies, receivers and suppliers of goods and services.

 

Blair is a member of the Sacramento County Bar Association’s Construction Law Section and the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Section and Forum on the Construction Industry. He has served as a Pro Tem Settlement Conference Judge and Arbitrator for the Sacramento County Superior Court, as well as an Early Neutral Evaluator for the United States District Court, Eastern District of California.

 

Blair has spoken on issues concerning public and private contracting and construction for the American Arbitration Association, the California Continuing Education of the Bar, Lorman Education Services, the Sacramento County Bar, the National Purchasing Managers Association and Sterling Education Services.

 

Blair is listed in the 2013 and 2014 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers, and is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in Political Science in1982 and earned his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in 1986.

 

Areas of Practice

Construction Law, Public Contracts, Real Estate Litigation, Business and Commercial Litigation

 

Representative Experience

Representation of public and private property owners, developers, general contractors and subcontractors, design consultants, public entities, property management companies, receivers and suppliers of goods and services.


Publications

“Legal Alert: New Legislation Signed By Governor Brown Affecting Prime Contractors, Subcontractors, Suppliers and Public and Private Owners,” Co-authored with Lisa D. Nicolls, (November 2011)


Speaking Engagements

"Public Works Construction Projects," Sacramento

(October 2009)

 

"Public Works Construction Projects," Stockton

(October 2009)

 

"Mechanics Liens and Related Remedies," Sacramento (September 2009)

 

"Perspectives on Legal Issues," Association of California Construction Managers 5th Annual Conference: Building Education Facilities Against the Odds, San Diego

(May 2009)

 

"Perspectives on Legal Issues," Association of California Construction Managers, San Diego
(February 2009)

 

Understanding Construction Contracts for Private Development, Sacramento County Bar Association, Real Property Section (March 2007)

 

California Public Works / Construction Contracts from Bidding to Completion, Lorman Education Services
(July 2009, July 2008 and July 2007).

 

 

Memberships

  • Sacramento County Bar, Construction Law Section
  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association Public Contract Law Section
  • American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Lions Club International, Fort Sutter Chapter (President 2007 – 2008)
  • Board of Directors, ALS Association of Greater Sacramento (2002-2007)
  • Board of Directors, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, U.C. Davis (President 1999-2002)

Awards & Recognition

Listed as a Super Lawyer in Northern California Super Lawyers, (2013 and 2014)

 

Education

Hastings College of Law
J.D., 1986

 

University of California, Davis
B.A., 1982

 

 


 

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