Steve O'Neal has long been recognized as one of the leading construction attorneys in the United States by Chambers USA, Who's Who Legal, The Best Lawyers in America, and The Legal 500 US, which determined that he "tops the list of construction litigators in the country." Construction practices led by Steve have been recognized three times by Chambers USA as Law Firm of the Year — Construction.
In more than 30 years of practice he has been involved in projects including energy, building, industrial, process plant, pharmaceutical plant, bridge, railway, and highway construction. Steve has represented clients on private sector and government contract matters in the United States and around the world.
Steve has acted as litigation counsel in mediations, administrative proceedings, domestic and international arbitrations, bench, and jury trials. He has represented clients in state and federal courts throughout the United States as well as in the courts of other sovereign jurisdictions.
In addition to representing clients in dispute resolution proceedings, Steve has extensive experience advising domestic and multinational clients on structuring, drafting, and negotiating construction and infrastructure agreements. He also has substantial experience serving as project counsel, assisting clients in achieving successful completion of their projects.
CityCenter disputes claims by contractors on multi-billion dollar Las Vegas development
Jones Day represented the owner in disputes with contractors regarding the $8.5 billion CityCenter development.
Engineering and construction company disputes defective work claims involving buried pipeline
Jones Day represented a construction manager in disputes relating to defective work claims concerning miles of buried pipeline.
Lennar defends against various construction site claims
Jones Day represented Lennar Corporation in various claims by parties allegedly impacted by construction site work.
The following represents experience prior to joining Jones Day:
Telecommunications Upgrade Project
Litigated disputes arising out of telecommunications upgrade at major university.
Represented fabricator in dispute regarding delays and contract interpretation stemming from construction of major bridge.
State of the Art Theater, Las Vegas
Represented owner in claims for delayed completion of theater.
Urban Light Rail Project
Represented member of joint venture hired to design and manage construction of an extension to existing urban light rail system in disputes arising from termination.
Represented contractor in resolution of delay and defective design claims.
Biological Sciences Building Rehabilitation
Represented owner against general contractor and surety in claims for breach of contract.
Student Housing/Retail Project
Represented owner in disputes involving design and construction of 700-bed student housing facility and retail project. Disputes involved delay, cost overruns, and defective construction.
National Hotel Chain
Represented owner against multiple lien suits on multiple properties resulting from general contractor default.
Mixed Use Retail Project
Contract dispute over cost overruns and delay claims.
Student Housing Project
Represented contractor in disputes with subcontractor arising from construction of graduate student dormitory.
Represented the Government of Palau, the owner, against contractor in suit arising out of a bridge collapse.
Oil Refinery Personal Injury Claims
Represented refinery owner and design-build contractor against catastrophic personal injury claims brought by an injured worker at a petroleum processing plant.
Golf Course and Residential Development
Represented development partner in partnership dispute over development of residential community and golf course.
Food Processing Plant
Resolved disputes arising from construction of new plant.
Residential High-rise and Retail Project
Represented electrical contractor in breach of contract and fraud case.
Waste Water Treatment Plant
Litigated claims related to construction and performance of waste water treatment plant.
Arbitration for One is Not Arbitration for All: Sixth Circuit Allows Lawsuit Against Indirect Parties Following Consolidated Arbitration
- 2012Ch. 123, Construction in 11 Business & Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Third Ed.
- 2008Engineering Evidence, coauthor, Thomson West
- 2005; 2008-2009Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Thomson West; Second Edition and Supplement
- University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D. 1980; Associate Editor, California Law Review); University of California, Los Angeles (A.B. 1975)
- California and U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of California, Northern District of Georgia, and District of Guam
Recognized as one of the leading construction attorneys in the United States by:
Chambers USA: Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers
Who's Who Legal
The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
The Best Lawyers in America
The Legal 500 US