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.
John D. Darling, a Shareholder of Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling and Mah, Inc., has dedicated the better part of two decades to growing a successful commercial litigation practice. He focuses on the resolution of construction and commercial real estate conflicts and on complex business litigation across numerous industry groups and business sectors nationwide. Mr. Darling has represented large and small business entities, business owners and operators, construction companies and independent contractors and sub-contractors, financial institutions, real estate investors and their affiliates. He serves as lead counsel on every case and manages a talented and well-respected team of up-and-coming attorneys who tirelessly support his efforts.
A seasoned courtroom veteran, Mr. Darling has tried more than one hundred cases throughout California and the United States, developing a keen understanding of what it takes to win at trial, whether in front of a judge or an impaneled jury. And while his courtroom accomplishments are well known, Mr. Darling is equally adept at alternative dispute resolution, with a significant portion of his group’s success coming from either mandatory or elective arbitration proceedings. Whether in court or out, Mr. Darling has successfully handled everything from incidental matters to ones where the amount in controversy exceeded $70,000,000.
With the commercial real estate and construction industries currently experiencing unprecedented and devastating losses throughout the country and particularly in Southern California, Mr. Darling’s industry savvy and intuitive business sense have helped clients assess damage and risk while crafting a path forward– benefits only an experienced attorney with a thorough understanding of this down-but-not-out industry sector could provide. Some of his most notable clients include Huntington Hospital, Sotheby’s, Hanil Construction, Inc., Quanta Services, Inc., PAR Electrical Contractors, Inc., Hutton Companies, Fassberg Construction Company, H.L. Moe Company, Inc., P & F Distributors, Upside Investments, Inc., Xcel Mechanical Systems, Inc., Palmer Steel, R.Y. Properties, Irwindale Partners, Mnoian Management, JSM Construction and Amcal Housing LLC.
Listed as a “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics Magazine and a “Best Lawyer” by Woodward/White, Inc., the depth of Mr. Darling’s knowledge of the construction business and of construction law is unmatched and have made him one of the most sought after construction attorneys in California. As a former business owner himself – he owned and operated a construction business before switching gears to law – an entrepreneurial spirit and an aggressive, no-holds-barred pursuit of success still inform his approach to client service. But it is the commitment to excellence, unbridled enthusiasm and an assertive yet disarmingly convivial style that make him a frequent referral and an appropriate choice for any business conflict, regardless of industry.
Mr. Darling began and grew his legal career with Hunt Ortmann, starting with the firm as a law clerk prior to passing the California Bar. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Mexico and earned his Juris Doctor from the McGeorge School of Law at the University of The Pacific. He regularly keynotes seminars and lectures on construction law topics for the Western Council of Construction Consumers, Associated General Contractors of California and the Los Angeles County Bar and he has served as chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Subsection on Construction Law.
Often cited or interviewed for legal trades, he has also authored several articles including “Delay of Game” The Construction Lawyer Volume 26 Number 2, Spring 2006 and Los Angeles Lawyer, January 2005; “Design/Build: Changing Notions of Liability and Risk Management” Los Angeles Lawyer, January 1999; “The New AIA A201 Document (1997) the Basic Changes,” Real Property Section Review June 1998; and “The Constitutionality of Mechanic’s Lien Remedies,” Los Angeles Lawyer, January 1994.
Mr. Darling is admitted to practice in the state of California and before the United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.