PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
• Northern California Building Industry Association, Member
• Placer County Bar Association, Member
• Sacramento County Bar Association, Member
• Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Member
• Roseville Chamber of Commerce, Member
• Pepperdine University School of Law Alumni Association, Member
• Business Litigation/transactions
• Real Estate, Land Use and Construction Litigation
• Labor & Employment
• Insurance Coverage
• Personal Injury, Premises and Product Liability
• J.D., 1994, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
• Pepperdine Law Review, Associate Editor
• B.A., 1991, Philosophy, Rhode Island College, Providence RI, magna cum laude
• State Bar of California
• State Bar of Washington
NOTABLE TRIALS & ARBITRATIONS
Biard v Meritage
In December, 2018, Partners, Edward Huguenin and James Bothwell secured a defense Award on behalf of the Firm’s largest institutional client in a single family home arbitration involving alleged substantial water intrusion issues. The Claimants asserted over $300,000 in cost of repair damages, and the arbitrator found in favor of the Firm’s client, awarding the stipulated defense cost to repair which was less than 1/30th of Claimant’s damages. The Firm is in the process of seeking an award of costs pursuant to CCP Section 998 (pending the California Supreme Court’s decision in the Heimlich v. Shivji case, set for oral argument in March 2019).
In June 2017, Edward Huguenin, James Bothwell and Robert Kahn received a judgment in connection with a 3 week trial in San Diego County, awarding the Firm’s client over $6.1M in damages. Founding partners, Huguenin, Bothwell and Kahn represented one of the Firm’s largest clients, Meritage Homes, as a plaintiff in a complex land dispute venued in San Diego County. Meritage had purchased property from a private developer in 2013, and was forced to sue when the seller refused to satisfy certain conditions of approval that would have allowed Meritage to proceed with development on its property. The Firm received a final decision and then a judgment awarding Meritage $4.6M, plus interest of over $1.5M, and with the right to seek over $1M in attorneys’ fees.
From December 2016 through May 2017, Mr. Huguenin and Mr. Kahn began a series of arbitrations against a well-known plaintiffs' construction defect firm. The cases started as a single, complex construction defect matter that the Firm successfully compelled to home-by-home arbitration with AAA, and with separate arbitrators presiding over each of the cases. Each 2-4 day arbitration was tried over the course of 6 consecutive months (many occurring on a weekly basis). The Firm routinely defensed the Claimants' single largest dollar item and their main geotechnical and PT cable corrosion claims.
Mr. Huguenin served as lead counsel in connection with a 15 day binding arbitration, and received a defense verdict/award on a million dollar-plus roof claim involving a commercial project on behalf of the Firm’s General Contractor client, DesCor Builders.
Presenter, SB 800 – How to Workshop/Seminar
Presenter, Proper Customer Care Procedures in the Building Industry