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Laura K. Brunasso

Senior Counsel
fax +1 213.488.1178

Laura K. Brunasso assists clients in a variety of complex construction matters including claims for and against construction professionals including project-related issues such as payment, scope of work, and contract disputes as well as counseling clients on contract modifications and risk management.

Drawing on her experience in private practice, a privately held construction company, and an international engineering, design and construction firm’s program office for a public community college system, she brings keen analytical and technical acumen to complex construction matters with a practical and commercial approach which recognizes the solution to any matter must make business sense to the parties.

Education

Graduate Diploma, Melbourne University School of Law, Melbourne, Australia
J.D., Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
B.A., University of California-Irvine, Irvine, California

Recognitions

Foreign Licenses: Solicitor (non-practicing), England, Wales & Northern Ireland

Memberships

Forum on the Construction Industry, American Bar Association

Society of Construction Law, United Kingdom and North America

Advisory Board Member, Institute for Energy Law

National Association of Women in Construction, Los Angeles Chapter

Association of Corporate Counsel (June 2005 – January 2012)

Contracts Council co-chair (July 2007 – February 2010), Statewide Legal Action Subcommittee (July 2006 – February 2010), California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors, Inland Empire/Orange County chapter

State Bar Licenses

California

Court Admissions

U.S. District Ct., C.D. of California

Experience:

  • Developed education and training program for client’s construction, sales and contracts administration staff focusing on modification of targeted contract provisions addressing risk transfer, indemnification, insurance coverage, payment, and scope of work issues.
  • Drafted, reviewed and negotiated master agreements, project agreements, subcontractor agreements, real estate leases, confidentiality agreements, and professional services agreements.
  • Successfully obtained insurance coverage for an accidental chemical spill at a construction site saving the subcontractor $126,000 charge by general contractor for clean-up costs and reducing contractor’s out-of-pocket cost to $15,000 policy deductible.
  • Acted as Claims Manager in construction management program office for public tertiary education multi-billion dollar bond-financed construction program covering 9 campuses.
  • Created a contract terms checklist for use by client’s business development and contracts administration staff to increase efficiency in processing contracts for new clients, reducing the processing time by 60%.
  • As in-house counsel for construction subcontractor designed and implemented claims database, Self-Insured Retention tracking system, metrics for assessing performance of external counsel, and annual litigation forecast based on ten-year rolling annual revenues earned and number of lawsuits per client.
  • Provided legal and business advice to client’s internal departments including sales, marketing, operations, and human resources to implement corporate business plan and risk management strategies including formation of corporate entities, contract negotiation strategies, contract signing authority, business processes, field operations, insurance and licensing requirements.

Presentations:

  • Co-speaker, “Subcontractors: Defending Yourself Without Insurance” Los Angeles, Palm Desert and Orange County chapter meetings, September 2007
  • Speaker, “Contracts 101: How to Protect Your Company” CalPASC Palm Desert chapter meeting, December 2007
  • Co-speaker, “Subcontractors: Defending Yourself Without Insurance” Annual Construction Defect Seminar, May 2007
  • Guest speaker, “The Tripartite Relationship: The Insured, The Carrier, The Attorney” Construction Liability and Insurance Conference, November 2006