F. Albert Ibrahim

Albert Partner

Mr. Ibrahim is a partner with the firm.

Education: Bowling Green State University (B.A. 1984); Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., 1987).

Practice: Mr. Ibrahim assists contractors, subcontractors, material, labor and equipment suppliers with projects issues and concerns, solving complex construction, engineering and design-related issues while striving to avoid litigation or other dispute resolution. Mr. Ibrahim also counsels clients on a variety of issues in the construction industry, including contract and document drafting, review and negotiation, bonding issues, risk management, insurance, sale of goods issues, corporate issues, and updates in construction and commercial law, etc.

Mr. Ibrahim has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts involving construction disputes, such as delay and impact claims, differing site conditions and extra work claims, mechanic’s liens/stop notices and contract claims; guarantee and indemnity agreements; real estate cases, and business disputes including partnership dissolutions and other business and construction matters. He has litigated cases successfully before arbitrators and other tribunals and has successfully represented clients in mediations and settlement conferences.

Representative Trials and Arbitrations:

San Benito Supply Co v. Frazier Masonry Corporation
Complete defense of a claim for money filed by concrete supplier in federal court against concrete subcontractor resulting in judgment for attorneys’ fees and costs in excess of $1,000,000.00.

Joe’s Paving Company, Inc. v. Ippolito

Complete defense of plaintiff’s claims for defective work. Recovery of amounts owed, plus interest, attorneys’ fees and costs of suit.

CS Legacy v. Long Beach Community College District
Complete defense of a $1,400,000.00 arbitration claim against General Contractor (and landscaping subcontractor) – and cross-claim against College District resulted in award of damages and attorneys’ fees in excess $1,000,000.00 to General Contractor.

Lewis Jorge Construction Management, Inc. v. Pomona Unified School District
Suit for wrongful termination of public works construction contract. Jury award for contract balance, lost profits and interest totaling $4.7M. Damage award affirmed on appeal. The California Supreme Court granted review and overturned the lost profits component of the damages.

Madison Paving v. Trustees of the California State Universities
Suit for collection of damages incurred due to the failure of the University to properly conduct its inspection services, and requiring additional and unnecessary work and causing delays and impacts. Full recovery plus attorneys’ fees.

Conrak Erectors, Inc. v. Hytrol, R.J. Lanthier, etc.
Plaintiff abandoned job for non-payment and disputed the percentage of completion shown by the defendant. Plaintiff was sued by the defendant also for cost to complete. Plaintiff prevailed at trial and recovered 95% of its claims and also received attorneys’ fees under Bus & Prof. Code plus 24% per annum interest.

DE/EN/CON Construction Company, Inc. v. Clark Steel Fabricators, Inc.
Defended suit by Clark against General Contractor for delays, disruption and attendant damages. Defense judgment with award of full attorneys’ fees and costs.

GMC Sales Corporation v. Jordan Ehrenkranz
Defense of suit on irrevocable personal guaranty. The defense judgment was appealed and argued before the Court of Appeal 2nd District, Division 7. Judgment affirmed.

Memberships: He is a member of the California Bar, as well as the United States District Court for the Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of California, and, through the firm, the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning National Association, Inc., Orange County/Long Beach Chapter.

Publications: Mr. Ibrahim also co-authored the 1996 publication: “Comprehensive Legal Guide For Contractors” for CAL-SMACNA

Appellate Publications:
Amelco Electric v. City of Thousand Oaks (2002) 27 Cal. 4th 228 (Filed a friend of the court brief) The city of Thousand Oaks solicited bids for electrical work to be performed in the construction of a civic arts plaza. During the two-year construction process, the city furnished 1,018 sketches changing original contract drawings, 248 affected the electrical cost. The lighting company requested 221 change orders. A civil suit followed. The lighting company submitted a $ 1.7 million total cost claim for costs allegedly resulting from the change orders. The jury found the contract was breached and abandoned, and awarded total cost damages. The court of appeal affirmed. The issue submitted for the Supreme Court review was whether the abandonment theory of liability applied against a public agency. The Supreme Court concluded the theory of abandonment did not apply against a public entity, and that the lighting company failed to adduce sufficient evidence to warrant instructing the jury on total cost damages for breach of contract.

Lewis Jorge Construction Management, Inc. v. Pomona Unified School District, et al. (2004) 34 Cal. 4th 960: Suit for wrongful termination of public works construction contract. Jury award for contract balance, lost profits and interest totaling $4.7M. Damage award affirmed on appeal. The California Supreme Court granted review and overturned the lost profits component of the damages.

BFGC Architects Planners, Inc., v. Forcum/Mackey Construction, Inc. et al. (2004) 119 Cal. App. 4th 848. Cross-complainant, an architecture firm, appealed from a judgment of the Superior Court of Orange County (California) in favor of cross-defendant general contractors after their demurrers were sustained without leave to amend. The superior court held that the architecture firm’s claims for implied indemnity required a predicate tort.

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