Chris Roux is co-chair of the firm’s Construction and Government Contracts Group as well as a senior member of the firm’s Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Group. He represents construction owners, contractors and other construction professionals in connection with public and private projects typically involving infrastructure, transportation, commercial, industrial and residential works of improvement. He provides construction counseling to clients on the myriad issues that arise in the construction business, including project planning and procurement, drafting and negotiating contracts, claims avoidance and the resolution of other legal issues common to construction projects.
Chris has considerable experience in litigating construction defect claims as well as both prosecuting and defending multimillion-dollar extra work, delay and disruption claims state and federal courts, administrative hearings and arbitrations. In the environmental arena, Chris has represented clients in contamination claims under CERCLA, RCRA and common law theories. His experience began in the 1980s representing oil companies in connection with lawsuits resulting from leaking underground tanks. He also represented parties, both plaintiffs and defendants, in connection with contamination arising out of refining, manufacturing, plating and hazardous waste storage operations. He has tried several environmental contamination cases and has developed tested relationships with environmental consultants who have a critical role in these matters.
Construction / Transactional
- $250 million EPC California power plant project.
- $140 million mixed use condominium/condo/for-rent residential development, Ontario, CA.
- $50 million affordable housing condominium development, Los Angeles, CA.
- $26 million P3 desalination plant, San Juan Capistrano, CA.
- $45 million manufacturing facility, Connecticut.
- $20 million cement plant expansion, Lucerne Valley, CA.
- Drafted all construction-related contracts for top ten ENR-rated construction owner ($600 million/year).
- Lead counsel of an eight-week arbitration resulting in a $68 million award in favor of the contractor client relating to the construction of a segment of the Seattle light rail system.
- Co-lead trial counsel in a three-and-a-half-month jury trial arising from the construction of a $350 million crude oil processing plant.
- Lead counsel representing the city against $16 million in claims arising out of the construction of an airport terminal.
- Lead counsel in the arbitration of $6 million in claims arising out of the construction of Petco Park baseball stadium, San Diego, CA. Client was awarded 95 percent of the claim, plus costs and attorneys’ fees.
- Lead counsel in an arbitration representing a general contractor in a 22-day arbitration hearing relating to the construction of a commercial mall.
- Lead counsel in the successful representation of a program manager in the defense of $23 million in claims asserted by the school district relating to a $600 million school construction bond program.
- Lead counsel representing a public entity in the defense of claims arising out of the construction of a $33 million wastewater treatment plant expansion project.
- Represented several major oil companies in more than 30 leaking underground tank cases.
- Represented numerous PRPs in connection with the investigation and remediation of Superfund sites, in the defense of CERCLA and RCRA claims asserted by the government and claims for contribution by fellow PRPs.
- Successfully represented REIT plaintiff in three-week trial of soil and groundwater contamination claims arising out of operation of tire/gas station facilities.
- Represented landowner client in eminent domain trial following condemnation of property by Caltrans and dispute over cost of cleanup of the condemned property.
- Represented numerous plating companies in the defense of discharge permit violations and cost recovery actions.
- Represented several silicon chip manufacturing clients in defense of cost recovery actions arising from discharges of metals, solvents and degreasers.
- Represented plaintiff who purchased property previously used to illegally store and discharge hazardous waste. The two-week jury trial culminated in a judgment in favor of the plaintiff on all claims, including a claim for fraud. Subsequently was successful in obtaining Bankruptcy Court judgment holding that claims were non-dischargeable.