Tyson Arbuthnot
Gayle M. Athanacio
Merri A. Baldwin
Ann M. Blessing
Robert J. Breakstone
Dennis J. Callahan
Thomas H. Carlson
Walter S. Chen
Jeffery M. Chiow
Robert C. Goodman
Lucas T. Hanback
John G. Heller
Dennis C. Huie
Suhani Kamdar
Lauren B. Kramer
S. Amber Lee
Mark J. Linderman
James Robert Maxwell
Joseph C. McGowan
Patricia A. Meagher
Robert S. Metzger
Alexis J. Morris
Roland Nikles
Neil H. O'Donnell
Robert M. Osier
Dean D. Paik
Katherine L. Pohl
Sharon Ongerth Rossi
D. Kevin Shipp
Aaron P. Silberman
Renée D. Wasserman
Alan J. Wilhelmy
Virginia K. Young
Oliya S. Zamaray
Paul M. Zieff


Tyson Arbuthnot
Associate
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Areas of Practice

Mr. Arbuthnot is a member of the firms Construction Law, Complex Commercial Litigation and Government Contracts Practice Groups.

Professional Qualifications

Mr. Arbuthnot concentrates on resolving construction disputes, including delay and extra work claims, and other breach of contract issues. He also has experience with government contract, construction defect, and environmental issues that arise in the construction context. His practice extends to pursuing and defending lien, stop notice and bond claims. Mr. Arbuthnot has extensive experience with both public and private projects, including the representation of a solar power company in a dispute related to the installation of solar panels at public schools under power purchase agreements. He is a member of the Associated General Contractors of California – Legal Advisory Committee, and his duties include tracking new case law and statutes that affect the construction industry.

Mr. Arbuthnot also has experience with a wide array of other litigation issues that arise in the commercial context. He has a comprehensive background in all aspects of the civil litigation process, including jury trial experience. His practice encompasses disputes in a variety of industries, including real estate, technology, manufacturing, agriculture and retail, among others. His commercial litigation experience ranges from shareholder actions against technology companies to breach of contract claims between international art galleries.

Mr. Arbuthnot was a full-time judicial extern for the Honorable Charles R. Breyer of the Northern District of California during his final semester of law school. His duties consisted of analyzing various complex constitutional and federal issues, such as illegal banking practices under the Truth-in-Lending Act, and drafting Decision & Order Memoranda on motions and writs pending before the court. 

Education

J.D., University of California, Hastings, 2001
Cum Laude
Thurston Honor Society
American Jurisprudence Awards (Torts, Legal Writing)

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1998

Bar Admissions
California - 2001




Practices
Construction
Complex Commercial Litigation
Government Contracts

Recent Publications and Public Speaking

"New Requirement to List Subcontractor's License in Public Project Bids," RJO Update (PDF) June 2014

Construction Subcontracting: A Comprehensive Practical and Legal Guide, ABA Publishing, 2014 (co-authored) Chapter 5, “Mechanic’s Liens and Other Remedies"ABA Webstore

The Subcontractor Listing Law – A Pitfall on Public Projects
Associated General Contractors of California Legal Advisory Committee Retreat, Sept. 21, 2013, Los Angeles, CA
 23, 2013, South Lake Tahoe, NV

A Contractor By Any Other Name Is Not A Contractor, RJO Update: Case Law Alert (PDF) December 2012 (co-authored)

"California Supreme Court Restricts Application of Prevailing Wage Law in City of Vista Decision,"RJO Update: Case Law Alert (PDF) July 2012 (co-authored)

"Construction Law Update: Recodification of the Mechanic's Lien Laws and Related Construction Remedies," RJO Update (PDF) June 2012

"Summary of New California Storm Water Permit"
(PDF) September 23, 2010

"CalGreen: Green Building in California Moves Beyond Voluntary Measures"
(PDF) California Constructor, Vol. 40, No. 3, March 2010
(co-authored)

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Contact
Robert Dollar Building
311 California Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415.956.2828
Fax: 415.956.6457
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tarbuthnot@rjo.com