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Hunt Ortmann is one of the foremost authorities on California construction law, contracts, dispute resolution and litigation offering additional legal services in the areas of business and commercial law, employment matters and labor law compliance, real estate, insurance and suretyship.

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Mr. Hunt is a distinguished authority on construction law and litigation in California.

Mr. Hunt has lectured for the University of California Continuing Education of the Bar, various trade associations, the Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, and Beverly Hills Bar Associations, and many other groups in the construction industry. Mr. Hunt has authored many works on construction law, including “Mechanic’s Liens”, “Claims on Public Works”, “Construction Disputes”, “Construction Law”, “Stop Notice Remedy in California”, “Releases, Vouchers and Joint Checks in the Construction Industry”, “Claims on Private Works”, “Construction Claims: Recovery for Defective Plans and Specifications”, “Construction Industry Claims”, “Public Works”, “Strict Liability in the Construction Industry” and many other articles in bar association journals and trade publications.

He is the co-author of California Construction Law, 16th Edition, published by Aspen Law and Business. He is also co-author of California Construction Lending and the Law. He is the author of Construction Surety and Bonding Handbook. He is chief consultant to the California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) book “California Mechanic’s Liens and Related Construction Remedies” and the author of the CEB action guide “Handling Mechanic’s Liens and Related Remedies (Private Works).”

Mr. Hunt has been named as a “Super Lawyer” in construction law by Law and Politics Magazine, as a “Best Lawyer” by Woodward / White, Inc. and as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers.”

Mr. Hunt is AVĀ® Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell.


  • University of Southern California Law School, J.D., 1959

Bars + Courts

  • California (1960)
Practice Areas
  • Collection Actions
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Disputes & Litigation, Commercial
  • Construction Consulting
  • Construction Contracts & Bid Documents
  • Disputes & Litigation, Construction
  • Insurance & Suretyship
  • Public Entity / Government Contracts & Projects
  • Mediation & Arbitration Services
  • American Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association- Real Property Section, Chair (1976-77)
  • Associated General Contractors of California- Chair of the Legal Advisory Committee (1985)
  • 2013 Recipient of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Robert Flaig Award
  • Selected as Best Lawyer 2006 – 2015
  • Selected as Super Lawyer 2004 – 2015
News + Publications


  • Guirguis Added to Hunt Ortmann Super Lawyers in 2015
  • Gordon Hunt Receives Prestigious Robert Flaig Award
  • 2013 Super Lawyers Announced! Hunt Ortmann Holds Ground
  • 2012 Pasadena Top Attorneys Announced!
  • Gordon Hunt Named 2013 Construction Litigation Lawyer of the Year!
  • 2012 “Super Lawyers” Released- Hunt Ortmann Continues to Dominate Construction Category for Third Straight Year!
  • Hunt Ortmann is Honored with 2011 Pasadena Top Attorney Selection
  • Hunt Ortmann Scores Again With 2012 U.S. News “Best Lawyers” Rankings
  • Hunt Named 2011 Los Angeles Construction Lawyer of the Year!
  • Hunt Ortmann Continues to Support Pasadena Community in 2011
  • 2011 “Super Lawyers”- Hunt Ortmann Leads Construction Category for the Second Straight Year!
  • Hunt, Ortmann and Darling named 2011 “Best Lawyers”
  • 2010 “SuperLawyers” – Hunt Ortmann Tops Construction Category
  • Hunt, Ortmann and Darling Named 2010 “Best Lawyers”
  • Hunt and Ortmann named 2009 “Best Lawyers”
  • Hunt and Ortmann named 2008 “Best Lawyers”
  • Two (2) Hunt Ortmann attorneys make 2008 “SuperLawyers” Top 100 list
  • Seven (7) Hunt Ortmann attorneys named as 2008 “SuperLawyers” by Law and Politics
  • Pasadena construction litigation boutique changes name and re-brands as Hunt Ortmann


  • HuntLaw – 2008 Volume – Issue 2
  • HuntLaw – 2009 Volume – Issue 1
Speaking Engagements + Seminars
  • California Construction Law Seminar Presented by The Seminar Group
  • BICA Mechanic’s Lien and Indemnity Law Update Summer Session
  • Mechanics Liens, Stop Notices & Bond Claims- Public and Private Projects
  • Mechanics Liens, Stop Payment Notices, and Bonds on Private Works
  • Construction Credit Conference: New Mechanic’s Lien Law Update
  • Basic Mechanic’s Lien Law- Procedural Steps to Enforce Your Job Rights *Plus New Notice Requirements for California Liens*- Los Angeles
  • Basic Mechanic’s Lien Law- Procedural Steps to Enforce Your Job Rights *Plus New Notice Requirements for California Liens*- Baldwin Park
  • Basic Mechanic’s Lien Law- Procedural Steps to Enforce Your Job Rights *Plus New Notice Requirements for California Liens*- Torrance
  • Basic Mechanic’s Lien Law- Procedural Steps to Enforce Your Job Rights
  • Public Works Contracting – CMAA Long Beach
  • Basic Mechanic’s Lien Law- Procedural Steps to Enforce Your Job Rights
  • Basic Mechanics’ Lien Law
  • Bankruptcy in the Construction Industry
  • PESI – California Construction Law (San Diego)
  • PESI – California Construction Law (Costa Mesa)
  • PESI – California Construction Law (Pasadena)
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Mechanics’ Liens
  • Public Works Contracting
  • California Construction Contracting Program
  • Mechanics’ Liens and Other Related Construction Remedies
  • Mechanics’ Liens and Other Related Construction Remedies
  • The Construction Manager’s Role in Design-Build
  • Basic Mechanic’s Lien Law
  • PESI – California Construction Law
  • Public Contracts and Procurement Regulations in California

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