Robert Pearman, Robinson & Pearman: Attorney & Arbitrator


Provided assistance to LAHD in connection with prevailing wage questions. I have had to analyze the impacts of recent Senate Bills 972, 975 and 966 and analyze Department of Industrial Relations determinations, and work with DIR representatives in providing advice in this ever-developing field to the City.

Advised the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on a variety of environmental matters including liability issues concerning leaking underground storage tanks, and handling, transporting, storage and disposal of hazardous waste on the Metro Rail Project. I have advised private clients (e.g. Bank of America) on the environmental impact of real property purchases, sales and leases. Construction cases for LAHD have involved, inter alia, lead and asbestos abatement services.

Represented MTA in construction claims dispute involving demolition work and asbestos removal of the Metro Rail Project, advised the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles on construction claims disputes involving a public works project, assist the LA City Attorney's Office in construction disputes, stop notice questions, bonding issues and the like with respect to construction loans, handle various lien, claim, and construction contract litigation matters for Penhall Company and other construction companies.

Represents a multi-bilion dollar conglomerate, negotiating and documentation of construction contracts for a variety of commercial facilities throughout the United States, including California. The asignments include working with owner-architect agreements, owner-contractor and construction manager agreements, design-build projects, and revising and adapting company forms and working with AIA forms and Consensus Documents. Issues run the gamut of payent and performance, bonding, risk management, prompt pay laws, retention, etc.

Case Studies

The Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles

Mr. Pearman represented the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles with respect to a transaction involving the Colburn School of Performig Arts, and its expansion of their downtown performing arts campus in the Bunker Hill Redevelopment Project on a site adjacent to their original facility. The expansion included new construction of approximately 207,800 gross square feet of floor area, including four levels of subterranean parking, four levels of academic facilities, and one five-story and two seven-story residential towers above the academic performance auditorium, offices, a cafeteria open to the pubic and 54 residential units for approximately 149 students. Mr. Pearman negotiated and documented on behalf of the agency the documents to allow the construction of this $80-million-plus expansion. Documents included right-to-enter permit, option extension, disposition and development agreement, long-term ground lease, amendment to existing reciprocal easement agrement, and incorporation of Grand Avenue and Second Street improvements and development.