Candace L. Matson is a partner in Sheppard Mullin's Los Angeles office where she is a member of the Business Trials, Real Estate, and Finance & Bankruptcy Practice Groups and specializes in design and construction law, as well as title issues.
Advocacy, Advice & Transactional Services
Ms. Matson represents owners, lenders, investment funds, contractors, design professionals and others as an advocate in a wide range of private and public contexts relating to design and construction. The subject of such representation includes:
Preconstruction phase: assistance with requests for proposals and bid packages; prosecuting and defending against bid protests; negotiation, drafting and review of build-to-suit agreements, contracts for construction, architectural and engineering services, construction management, and procurement services; advice regarding construction loans, insurance (title and liability), surety issues and licensing.
Construction phase: advice regarding contract compliance, project documentation, and mechanics lien law; early dispute resolution.
Post-construction phase: mediation, arbitration and litigation of disputes, including extra and changed work claims; delay, disruption and acceleration claims; design professionals liens, mechanics liens and stop notice claims; construction defect claims (including water intrusion and mold issues); insurance and surety bond claims; assistance with title insurance issues, including obtaining defense, indemnity and clean title.
Service as Neutral
Ms. Matson serves as an arbitrator and mediator of construction disputes, both privately and through the auspices of various ADR providers.
•Leading Lawyer, Chambers USA, 2015
•Real Estate and Construction, Legal 500, 2013, 2015
•Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent
Publications & News
•Authored article entitled A Primer on Construction Surety Bonds, 29 CEB Cal Bus L Prac 53 (Spring 2014)
•Co-authored chapters pertaining to owners and lenders in CEB book entitled California Mechanics Liens and Related Construction Remedies (July 2012, 2013)
•Co-authored article entitled The Year 2010 in Review: Design and Construction Defects Litigation, Construction Defect Journal (Issue 242749 March 28, 2011)
•Authored article entitled The Disgorgement Penalty - Another Warning to Maintain Proper Licensure, California Constructor Journal of the Associated General Contractors of California (March 2010)
•Authored article entitled The Parameters of Mediation Confidentiality in California, published on CEB website (V. 25, March 2008)
•Authored article entitled New Legislation Affects Allocation of Risk in Residential Construction Contracts, published on CEB website (V. 17, April 2006)
•Co-authored article entitled The Year 2004 in Review: Construction Law Update, published in Real Property Section Review (LA County Bar) (Spring 2005)
•Co-authored article entitled The Year 2003 in Review: Construction Law Update, published in Real Property Section Review (LA County Bar) (Spring 2004)
•Co-Authored white paper entitled AB 544: Some Temporary Labor Service Agencies Now Qualify as Contractors, published by Associated General Contractors of California, Inc. (December 2003)
•Authored article entitled New Construction Defect Litigation, published by Associated General Contractors of California, Inc. (Legal Brief 03-01 2003)
•Co-authored article entitled The Year 2001 in Review: Annual Construction Law Update, published in Verdicts and Settlements, Daily Journal (Los Angeles and San Francisco, April 5, 2002)
•Co-authored article entitled The Year 2000 in Review: Annual Construction Law Update, published by Associated General Contractors of California, Inc. (Legal Brief 01-06 2001)
•Authored article on indemnity entitled Say What You Mean, published by Associated General Contractors of California, Inc. (Legal Brief 01-03 2001)
•Co-authored article entitled E-mail and Beyond: Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Benefits of Electronic Communication, published by Associated General Contractors of California, Inc. (Legal Brief 99-4 1999) and also by CMAA Southern California News (November 1999)
•Co-authored chapter pertaining to owners in CEB book entitled California Mechanics' Liens and Other Remedies (3d ed. 1998)
•Co-authored portion of 1995 California Litigation Review
•Updated Cambridge Institute publication entitled Mechanics Liens & Construction Claims Under California Law (1993 and 1995 editions)
•Co-authored article entitled High Court Puts End to California's Peculiar Twist on Peculiar Risk, published in California Construction Law Reporter (October 1993)