- Construction and Infrastructure
|University ||Carleton College, B.A., cum laude, 1981|
|Law School||Northwestern University, J.D., 1985|
|Admitted||1985, California; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals|
•Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
•Former Chair, Construction Law Subsection, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1996, 1997
•Member, Construction Law Subsection Steering Committee, 1989-Present
•Board of Directors, South Pasadena Educational Foundation, 2007-2013; Vice President, Fund Development, 2009-2012
•Board of Directors, Westminster Child Center, 1997-1999
•Board of Directors, Carleton College Alumni Association, 1990-1993
•Co-Chair, Carleton Club of Los Angeles, 1989-1993
Helen J. Lauderdale is a special counsel in the Real Estate, Environmental and Construction Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office.
Areas of Practice
Construction and Government Contracts
Ms. Lauderdale has advised local public agencies regarding competitive bidding and competitive negotiation procedures. She has negotiated, drafted, and reviewed engineering, design, design-build, construction, and material procurement contracts on behalf of public agencies, private owners, and contractors. She has represented public agencies, private owners, contractors, and engineers in mediations, arbitrations, and litigations involving issues of professional negligence, extra work, delay, changed conditions, mechanic's liens, stop notices and surety bonds.
Ms. Lauderdale has litigated disputes on behalf of clients in a wide variety of industries, including telecommunications, health care, chemicals, art, mortgage lending, and construction. She has defended manufacturers of plastic pellets, window film, and transit buses against breach of warranty claims. She has represented telecommunications and computer equipment companies in payment disputes with their commercial customers and vendors. And she has represented a mortgage lender in claims against originating lenders, borrowers, and appraisers for breach of contract, negligence, and fraud.
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