Jeffrey B.Kirzner (Jeff)

Of Counsel

Irvine + 1.949.553.7533

Jeff Kirzner leads the construction practice in Irvine, which is fully integrated into Jones Day's multidisciplinary national and international construction team. Jeff advises clients on public contracting issues for local, state, and federal procurements and in drafting, negotiating, and administrating contracts for public and private projects, including design-build agreements and EPC contracts. He has extensive experience with mediations, arbitrations, and specialized forms of ADR used in the construction industry, as well as all aspects of construction litigation and other forms of complex litigation. Jeff's experience also includes energy matters, including solar projects, transmission lines, pipelines, deep water facilities, power plants, and LNG facilities.

Jeff has drafted a number of contracts for large hospital, school, and infrastructure projects and recently represented San Diego Gas & Electric Company in resolving more than $200 million in claims related to the Sunrise Powerlink transmission line project. He previously represented the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) in resolving a number of disputes arising from the first design-build freeway project in California. Where disputes could not be resolved, Jeff has won significant victories for clients in arbitrations, trials, and appeals. Over the past 20 years, he has worked with owners, contractors, and engineers on major projects in Southern California and around the world, including AECOM, Chevron, Chevron Energy Solutions, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Los Angeles Unified School District, OCTA, Sempra Energy, and URS Corporation.

Jeff is a member of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry and regularly speaks and authors publications on topics of interest to the construction industry.


  • Chevron Energy Solutions develops photovoltaic solar energy projects in CaliforniaJones Day advises Chevron Energy Solutions in the evaluation and preparation of standardized construction, installation and services arrangements relating to photovoltaic solar energy projects California.
  • 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.
  • Orange County Transportation Authority defends against construction litigation involving claims in excess of $120 millionJones Day represented the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) in construction litigation involving numerous claims totaling in excess of $120 million that were resolved through a successful mediation in April 2008.
  • Los Angeles County successfully defends judgment in Equal Pay class actionOn behalf of Los Angeles County, Jones Day obtained and successfully defended a judgment in favor of the County.
    • January 26, 2012
      Hot Topics in Construction Law, Jones Day MCLE University
    • January 24, 2012
      Mock Trial 2012, Construction CPM Conference
    • January 24, 2012
      Construction Litigation: Building A Better Result
    • January 12, 2012
      Termination of Contracts: Pitfalls and Traps
    • May 2, 2011
      Mock Trial, Project Management Institute
    • January 27, 2011
      Hot Topics in Construction Law, Jones Day MCLE University
    • January 15, 2011
      Litigating Construction Claims and Disputes
    • January 28, 2010
      The Ideal Form of Dispute Resolution: In Search of the Holy Grail, Jones Day MCLE University
    • May 20, 2009
      Shootout at the OK Corral – Mock Trial, Project Management Institute
    • January 29, 2009
      Depression: Coping with Economic Downturns and Price Volatility in Construction Contracts, Jones Day MCLE University
    • January 29, 2009
      Hot Topics in Construction Law, Jones Day MCLE University
    • December 10, 2008
      When Good Projects Go Bad
    • November 18, 2008
      Did You Notice Me? 25th Annual Primavera User Conference
    • January 24, 2008
      Termination of Construction Contracts by the Owner or the Contractor
    • January 24, 2008
      Hot Topics in California Construction Law
    • March 30, 2006
      The Best Defense Is a Good Offense, E-Discovery Seminar