Pat Roberts has been practicing with Gray·Duffy since 2002 and is an Associate in the firm’s Encino office. He is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer in matters related to construction claims and defects as well as business litigation matters. Pat represents owners, developers and subcontractors in litigation through trial and arbitration, and has mediated more than 400 construction-related matters.
Recently, Pat took an aggressive approach during and after mediation, which resulted in the construction defect claims against his client being withdrawn. In Michael A. Scavone dba Advanced Wallcovering v. Harrell Hospitality Group, LLC, an action was commenced by Advanced Wallcovering seeking outstanding monies owed for construction work performed at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Hotel. The building owners cross-complained against the firm’s client for substantial construction defects and claims relating to improper installation of various building components that resulted in alleged personal injury to individuals.
During the course of mediation, the hotel operator indicated that they would not be paying any monies to the client, and continually asserted claims in excess of $130,000 for the alleged defects. As a result of informal discovery, it was determined that the alleged claims raised by the hotel owner did not appear to be valid. Following the mediation and with continued involvement of the mediator, this matter resolved in its entirety with the owner withdrawing its claims against Pat’s client for defective construction, with money paid to the client on its claim.
For many years, Pat has spearheaded the research and drafting of Gray·Duffy‘s
common issues in construction defect claims. The guide serves as a quick reference to particular issues that may arise when analyzing claims within the dynamic field of construction defect litigation, and has become a go-to resource for clients in this industry.
Pat also has extensive expertise in business disputes where he has represented numerous financial institutions with respect to real estate litigation, as well as problem loans and workouts. Pat draws from his prior experience as in-house counsel at a bank to effectively resolve matters. In addition, he has particular knowledge in drafting and negotiating construction and other business agreements, and creating business entities and related counseling.
Pat obtained his J.D. from Hastings College of Law and graduated cum laude from UCLA with a B.A. in Psychology. He is admitted to the California State Bar and United States District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California.
Pat is the proud parent of two children, one attending UCSD and the other employed at Tesla. He enjoys traveling and his next trip will take him to northern Italy.