Eric Firstman is a Principal with Meyers Nave. He serves as the Chair of the Construction and Facilities Practice Group and the Public Contracts Practice Group. He focuses his practice on construction litigation, construction project planning, procurement of professional services and contractors, regulatory compliance and facilities plans. Eric also advises clients on a comprehensive range of public works contracting matters, including competitive bidding requirements, bid protests, contractor prequalification, solicitation documents, subcontractor issues, and claims resolution.
Before joining Meyers Nave, Eric was a Principal at a Construction and Real Estate Law firm in Northern California, where he handled large public and private construction and development matters, complex construction litigation, and virtually every aspect of design and construction projects.
Trial Practice – trial of complex construction disputes to final judgment in state and federal court, jury and court trials and arbitrations, involving commercial facilities, detention facilities, libraries, irrigation and power facilities, college bond programs and wastewater treatment plants.
Special Counsel for Procurement, Negotiation and Contracting on Mega Projects – $3 billion hospital construction and renovation program, covering multiple sites and multiple delivery methods; $1.5 billion airport and seaport expansion, multiple contracts and delivery methods; $2.4 billion airport expansion, over 40 contracts.
Construction Law Counsel to Capital Improvement Programs, Bidding, Contracting and Litigation – for water, sanitation, port and hospital districts covering multiple projects exceeding $300 Million; for nine separate school districts and community college districts undertaking large bond funded construction programs exceeding $1.5 Billion combined value and over 50 separate projects; for the capital improvement programs of over 10 cities and counties on construction projects exceeding $400 Million value; for HUD; for housing authorities on HUD and USDA funded construction programs.
Honors and Awards
- “Northern California Super Lawyer: Construction Litigation,” Super Lawyers Magazine, 2007-2019
- “Super Lawyer: Corporate Counsel,” Super Lawyers Magazine, 2008-2013
- AV Preeminent rating, Martindale-Hubbell (“Legal Leaders: Construction Law,” The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel)
Presentations and Publications
- Author, “Public Contract Code Section 9204: New Challenges for Drafting and Administering Public Works Contracts,” Meyers Nave Client Alert, 2017
- Author, “California Supreme Court Decision Provides Guidance for Identifying and Avoiding Section 1090 Conflicts in Public Contracting and Procurement,” Meyers Nave Client Alert, 2017
- Presenter, “Public Contracting Requirements and Competitive Bidding in California,” Meyers Nave/Lorman Education Services seminar, 2017, 2018
- Presenter, “SB 465: New Reporting Requirements and Working Group Studies,” County Counsels’ Association Fall Public Works and Contracts Study Section Conference, 2017
- Presenter, “Evolving Standards for Expert Testimony and Hearsay: Proving Damages and Lost Profits,” Construction Lawyers Society of America Conference, 2017
- Presenter, “Planning for, and Defending Against, Public Works’ Contractor Claims in California,” Lorman Education Services webinar, 2017
- Author, “SB 465 Has Major Impact on Construction Industry,” California Constructor, May/June 2017
- Presenter, “Planning for, and Defending Against, Public Works’ Contractor Claims,” Lorman Education Services webinar, 2016
- Presenter, “Current Issues On Bidding, Contracting and Claims on CaliforniaPublic Works Contracts,” Lorman Education Services webinar, 2015
- Presenter, “Public Law: Handling Contractor Claims on Public Works Construction Projects,” The State Bar of California 88th Annual Meeting, 2015
- Presenter, “Public Contract Code Requirements and Competitive Bidding,” Lorman Education Services Seminar, 2013
- Presenter, School of Trial Advocacy, Stanford Law School, 2007-2013
- Presenter, “Public Contract Code Requirements and Competitive Bidding in California,” Lorman Educational Services, 2002-2013
- Presenter, “The Emerging Trend of CM-At Risk on Public Procurements,” Construction Superconference, 2009
- Presenter, “Construction Contracting for Public Entities,” Lorman Educational Services, 1993-2004
- Presenter, “Construction Liens in California,” Lorman Educational Services, 1992-1996
- Presenter, “Title 24 Challenges for Hospital Construction/Renovation,” California State Bar Association, 2006
- Author, “Real Property Law and Debtor-Creditor Relations in California,” Standard Forms of California Jury Instructions on Construction Contracts, Matthew Bender Co.
- Author, “Supreme Court Bars Civil Rights Claims Arising from Withheld Payments on Public Works Contracts,” The Construction Lawyer, Vol. 21, No. 4, Fall, 2001
- Member, The State Bar of California
- Charter Fellow and Advisory Board Member, Construction Lawyers Society of America
- Member, Associated General Contractors of California
- Member, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
- Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
- University of California, Hastings College of the LawJD, 1983
- University of California at Los AngelesBA, Political Science, 1980