Jacqueline S.DeCamara (Jackie)


Los Angeles +

Jackie DeCamara's practice focuses on complex business and construction law, as well as public works and regulatory compliance issues. She represents and advises owners, design professionals, and contactors in the successful resolution of large business and construction disputes in mediations, arbitrations, settlement negotiations, and all aspects of litigation.

Jackie regularly represents clients in the construction, design, engineering, energy, education, hospitality, transportation, health care, and entertainment industries. She also assists clients in contract drafting and claims analysis and resolution involving complex issues such as force majeure and delay claims, construction defects, contract disputes and termination, as well as public contracting and transactional issues.

Jackie's experience also includes advising entertainment venues in live performance transactions and facilities issues. Prior to practicing law, Jackie had a 20-year career in concert promotion and entertainment facility management, working for such notable venues as Caesar's Tahoe, Shoreline Amphitheatre, and The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, where she additionally oversaw numerous major capital improvement and renovation projects. As a former facilities and construction manager in the entertainment industry, Jackie has a deep understanding of clients' business goals and concerns.

Jackie is a member of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry and regularly speaks on topics of interest in the construction industry.


  • LA Metro defends ballot initiative generating $120 billion for transportation improvements in Los Angeles CountyJones Day won a trial for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority ("Metro") in response to a petition brought by seven cities in LA County, a registered voter and a joint powers authority challenging a measure adopted by the Metro Board and scheduled to be placed on the November 8, 2016 ballot.
  • SDG&E resolves construction disputes related to 117 mile long Sunrise Powerlink electrical transmission projectJones Day defended San Diego Gas & Electric, a division of Sempra Energy, against more than $200 million in claims asserted by the contractor responsible for constructing the Sunrise Powerlink, a 117 mile high voltage transmission line linking San Diego County and Imperial County.
  • LAUSD wins trial establishing notice sufficient to terminate contractor for causeJones Day won a five week trial for Los Angeles Unified School District involving termination for cause of a contractor responsible for constructing and two new schools.
  • Sempra Energy affiliate successfully completes new LNG facility and resolves all contractor claims under EPC contractJones Day represented a Sempra Energy affiliate, the owner of a liquefied natural gas regasification facility in Louisiana, in arbitration proceedings with the EPC contractor who sought to recover more than $200 million in alleged damages.
  • California Pizza Kitchen's defeat of class certification upheld by court of appeals in putative wage and hour class action alleging violations in CaliforniaOn December 30, 2013, the Second Court of Appeals upheld the order denying class certification for Jones Day client California Pizza Kitchen in four putative wage and hour class actions in which Plaintiffs allege multiple violations of the California Labor Code.
  • Avanex and its directors and officers defend securities actionJones Day represents Avanex Corporation, and certain of its directors, officers, and employees, in a shareholder action brought in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging that they made materially misleading statements regarding Avanex's business, prospects, and the departure of its chief executive officer.
  • 92 year-old man awarded title to his home and compensatory and punitive damages resulting from a real estate scamA team from Jones Day Los Angeles recently scored a significant victory for our 92-year-old pro bono client, Manual Jimenez.
  • Additional Publications

    • 2019
      The Use of Drones on Construction Projects: Legal and Contractual Considerations, 21 A.B.A. Under Constr. (Dec 2019).
    • 2017
      Public Records Acts and the Construction Industry, State and Local Construction Projects: An Attorney's Handbook (D. McMillan ed., ABA Publishing 2017)

    Speaking Engagements

    • January 28, 2021
      Hot Topics in Construction Law: Intentional Interference with Contract; Pay-When-Paid Clauses; New Legislation in Public Contracting; Job Order Contracting; and School Lease-leasebacks
    • January 30, 2020
      Hot Topics in Construction Law: Mechanic's Liens; New Legislation; Eminent Domain; and Inverse Condemnation
    • March 6, 2019
      Trends in California Construction Law
    • January 31, 2019
      Hot Topics in Construction Law: Design Immunity, Classification of Employees and Independent Contractors, Changes to Public Works Bidding and Procurement Laws
    • January 31, 2018
      Hot Topics in Construction Law: School Lease-Leaseback Transactions and Changes to California's Anti-Indemnity Statutes
    • January 25, 2017
      Hot Topics in Construction Law: AB 626 Dispute Resolution Procedures for State and Local Projects; and Competitive Bidding on Public Works Projects
    • January 27, 2016
      Hot Topics in Construction Law: Best Value Procurement and Job Order Contracting; Delay Damages Under AB 552; and Recent Litigation Regarding the Economic Loss Rule
    • January 22, 2015
      Hot Topics in Construction Law: Mechanics Liens and Payment Bonds; and Competitive Bidding on Public Contracts
    • January 22, 2014
      Hot Topics in Construction Law: Statutes of Limitation and Repose; and Recent Amendments to FRCP and California Civil Discovery Rules
    • January 24, 2013
      State and Federal Public Records Act Requests: What You Don't Know Might Hurt You
    • January 27, 2011
      California Green Building Code (CALGreen), Jones Day MCLE University
    • January 27, 2011
      Hot Topics in Construction Law, Jones Day MCLE University
    • September 23, 2010
      The Regulatory Environment of Green Construction: A Look at What's Leading Us to a More Sustainable Future, The Society of Healthcare Engineering and The Hospital Association of Southern California's Strategies for Sustainable Healthcare Conference
    • January 28, 2010
      Hot Topics in Construction Law: California's E-Discovery Act; and Green Building Update Jones Day MCLE University
    • January 29, 2009
      LEED, Jones Day MCLE University
    • January 29, 2009
      Hot Topics in Construction Law, Jones Day MCLE University
    • January 29, 2009
      Building Information Modeling, Jones Day MCLE University
    • 2008, 2009
      Loyola Law School Ethical Lawyering Course, guest speaker

    • USC and UCLA Music Business Business Courses, guest speakers