Overview

Anthony Niccoli has extensive experience representing contractors, subcontractors, school districts, public entities, and special districts for a full range of construction issues, including licensing, contract drafting and negotiations, bid disputes, responsive and responsibility issues, change order disputes, terminations, and indemnity obligations and claims. In addition, he handles breach of contract actions such as delay, disruption, acceleration, mechanics’ lien, stop notice, payment bond actions, and labor issues.

Mr. Niccoli has obtained hundreds of favorable outcomes for his clients through litigation, mediation, arbitration, and settlement. He has worked on cases concerning large construction projects such as the Pasadena Power Plant, new school construction and modernizations, and the River at Rancho Mirage. Mr. Niccoli has also represented contractors before the Contractor’s State License Board. 

Honors & Recognitions

In 2010 and 2012, Mr. Niccoli was recognized for giving the best legal presentation in an all-day legal seminar hosted by the Engineering Contractor’s Association. Both years featured nine speakers, comprised of lawyers and expert witnesses.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained an award of principal, interest, penalties, costs, and attorney fees in arbitration against an international Fortune 500 homebuilder for wrongful termination and breach of contract
  • Successfully defended a claim against a state-wide HVAC contractor for damages and removal of the entire HVAC system
  • Secured a license for a state-wide construction company after its application had initially been rejected and after an all-day hearing before an Administrative Law Judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings
  • Successfully litigated a case against a construction company for Violation of the False Claims Act at Government Code §12650, et seq.
  • Represented state-wide construction company in a breach of contract action, recovering 100% of the client's settlement demand on the eve of trial, after preparing the witnesses and evidence
  • Secured a favorable $700,000 settlement for a national material supplier in a multimillion-dollar breach of contract action
  • Represented steel erector subcontractor in a breach of contract dispute and drafted a motion for summary judgment that helped secure an approximate $500,000 settlement
  • Represented a state-wide contractor against the Contractor's State License Board before an Administrative Law Judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings, which included direct and cross-examination of witnesses and opening and closing argument, successfully securing the client's contractor's license
  • Lead associate in a multimillion-dollar case representing a public entity against an international contracting company, in which the parties engaged in multiple mediations and arbitrations after bifurcating the issues. Played a pivotal and central role in preparing for and conducting two of the multi-day arbitration hearings, which produced a favorable award for the client 
  • Represented a public entity as co-chair in a month-long, multimillion-dollar arbitration before a retired federal judge, involving more than 2,000 admitted exhibits and multiple witnesses 
  • Represented contractors and owners in hundreds of litigation matters, from smaller disputes to multimillion-dollar claims, from the discovery and pleadings stages through resolution 

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Events & Speaking Engagements

Mr. Niccoli regularly gives presentations on a variety of topics including: California Mechanics Liens and Related Construction Remedies: Public and Private Works; Recognizing a Claim’s Oriented Contractor; the Change Order; California Prevailing Wage Laws; and many more. Presentations include: 

  • “Overcoming Obstacles to Payment on Construction Projects.” Associated General Contractor’s (“AGC”) Conference, Sept. 2014
  • “An Overview of Public Works Construction.” Engineering Contractor’s Association (“ECA”) Legal Seminar, Sept. 2014
  • “I Did the Work, Now Pay Me the Money.” AALRR Briefing, September 2014
  • “Recent Legislation and Case Law Affecting the Construction Industry.” Online webinars for the AGC, March 2015, Aug. 2014, and earlier dates
  • “California Mechanics Liens and Related Construction Remedies: Public and Private Projects,” Lorman Education Faculty Member, Jan. 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005
  • “Prevailing Wage Law,” Lorman Faculty Member (March 2009, July 2009, Sept. 2009, Nov. 2009). Presented in Bakersfield, San Bernardino, Long Beach, and San Diego
  • “California Mechanics Liens and Related Construction Remedies: Public and Private Projects.” Contractor's Leadership Council of the Associated General Contractors, July 2009
  • “Construction Contracts and Disputes.” AALRR's Contractors Legal Forum, Jan. 2007
  • “Discover New Ways Stop Notices Can Protect Your Payment Rights.” AALRR' s Contractors Legal Forum, Jan. 2007
  • “The Written Change Order Requirement.” Contractor’s Leadership Council of the Associated General Contractors, Oct. 2006
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution.” AALRR's Contractors Legal Forum, Sept. 2006
  • “The Roadmap to Getting Paid.” AALRR's Contractor’s Legal Forum, Sept. 2006
  • “Labor Law Developments in Wrongful Termination and Wage and Hour Matters.” Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter of the American Subcontractors Association, April 2006
  • “Prevailing Wage and Current Labor and Employment Law Topics.” Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter of the American Subcontractors Association, April 2005
  • “How to Recognize a Claims Oriented Contractor.” Mt. San Jacinto College, Oct. 2004 

Publications

Mr. Niccoli is frequently published in both firm and external publications. Recent publications include:

  • "MR Construction Corp. v. Environmental Assessment and Remediation Management, Inc.," AALRR Alert (Jan. 2016)
  • "Review of Effect of Sweeping Legislative Changes to the Mechanics Lien Law" (May 2015)
  • "Effective January 1, 2016 Contractor’s License Bond Increases from $12,500 to $15,000" (Dec. 2015)
  • "Owners and Contractors May Lose Critical Rights for Failing to 'Notice' the New Notice Requirements," AALRR Alert (June 2015)
  • "Direct Contractors Can Voluntarily Forfeit Lien Rights" (Oct. 2014)
  • "Recent Court Decision Changes Rules of the Game Regarding Stop Payment Notices," AALRR Alert (Oct. 2014)
  • "Bonded Stop Payment Notice Retains its Priority Over Assignment of Construction Loan Funds," AALRR Alert (Sept. 2014)
  • "California Supreme Court Expands Architect Liability for Negligent Design," AALRR Alert (Sept. 2014)
  • "Sophisticated Parties Should Be Aware They Can Agree to Reduce Statute of Limitations for Latent Defects from 10 to 4 Years," AALRR Alert (April 2014)
  • "From the Election to the Construction Project, “Redistribution” Affects Us All," AALRR Alert (Jan. 2014)
  • "Mechanics Lien Statutory Scheme Manual ©2012," used by AALRR in seminars given through Lorman Educational Services. (Co-authored)
  • "New Case Limits Agencies’ Ability to Specify Required Contractors Licenses - At Least For Now," AALRR Alert (Oct. 2011)
  • "New Bill Raises Formal Bidding Threshold Under the Uniform Cost Accounting Act," AALRR Alert (Oct. 2011)
  • "Change of Game: DVBE Participation Goals Now Mandatory, AALRR Alert (March 2010) Mechanic's Lien Claimants Beware: New Requirements May Nullify Your Lien," AALRR Alert (Feb. 2010)
  • "Senate Bill X2 9 Sounds the Death Knell for Labor Compliance Programs and More," AALRR Alert (May 2009)

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

  • Associated General Contractors, Board Member
  • Engineering Contractors Association, Board Member

Education

J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School
B.A., University of Notre Dame

Admissions

  • 2002, California
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Courts, Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Courts in California
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