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Hanson Bridgett LLP

Andrew G. Giacomini

Andrew G. Giacomini

Managing Partner

Hanson Bridgett LLP
California, U.S.A.

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Andrew is a well-regarded trial lawyer and has been Hanson Bridgett’s Managing Partner for more than 15 years. Under Andrew's leadership, Hanson Bridgett has risen to be in the top 10 firms in Northern California and expanded its operations to Sacramento, Los Angeles and the East Bay. Andrew was the locomotive for the firm's push into the sustainability field and is a thoughtful leader in sustainable business practices.

Andrew is a market leading trial lawyer, with particular expertise in construction. He has continued as lead trial counsel on many large, complex matters, all while managing the firm.

Andrew also spearheads the firm's government relations practice and has personal relationships with local, state and federal elected officials at the highest levels. In this capacity, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Bay Area Council and he is the Chair of its Government Relations Committee. Andrew assists firm clients with significant strategic initiatives, especially those that have important political components.

Bar Admissions

  • California


J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1991)
B.A., San Francisco State University (1988)
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Currently handling the defense of the geotechnical engineer for multiple claims on the Millennium Tower in San Francisco; prosecuting the termination of Parsons Transportation Group on a $150 million project involving the design and construction of a positive train control system for CalTrain; defending an eight figure dispute concerning the construction of the Stockton Courthouse for a leading design firm; as well as several significant international disputes for Environmental Chemical Corporation.

Represented the America’s Cup Event Authority in matters relating to the implementation of the America's Cup event in San Francisco (2013).

Advised a top ten global provider of distribution facilities as outside litigation counsel with nationwide responsibility for overseeing its construction, real estate, and environmental litigation projects, including a $90 million affirmative claim for infrastructure reimbursement under a development and owner participation agreement.

Defeated a $300 million claim by Cisco System against Prologis in a four month arbitration involving claims for the proposed development of the A’s Stadium in Fremont.

Represented Kiewit in a successful two month eight figure arbitration against the City of Redding regarding differing site conditions encountered during the construction of a bridge across the Sacramento River.

Defended an eight week, eight figure claim adjudicated at court in San Bernardino against Prologis involving disputed water rights.

Prosecuted a $90 million construction claim on behalf of the Intercontinental Hotel in a jury trial in San Francisco, where he assisted his partner Scott Hennigh. The case settled to the client’s extreme satisfaction after two weeks in trial.

Represented major municipality in a series of construction and constitutional claims seeking in excess of $81 million in damages, including a three week jury trial in federal court.

Representation of a regional irrigation district with defective construction of a water treatment plant requiring in excess of $30 million in corrective work.

Counseled world class music conservatory in connection with contractor claims for additional costs relating to the construction of its new education and performance facility.

Advised a major university against a contractor’s claim for additional costs arising from MEP conflicts at a research and teaching facility.

Represented national real estate developer in connection with the remediation of defective infrastructure improvements in San Francisco.

Represented West Coast developer of residential towers on the first LEED® Certified condominium project in San Francisco in connection with claims for contractor delays and insurance coverage.

Provided counsel to major university in connection with construction of a world class hospital and research facility in San Francisco.

Lead representation for international defense contractor in connection with claims relating to the federal government project to remediate waste and debris in New Orleans following hurricane Katrina.

Defended West Coast geotechnical engineering firm in connection with subrogation claims resulting from the alleged failure of a shoring wall in a downtown San Francisco high-rise project.

Professional Associations

  • Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Board of Directors
  • Marin Community Foundation, Buck Family Fund Board of Trustees
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Board of Directors
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Marin County Bar Association
  • Legal Aid of Marin, Past President
  • Bay Area Council: Executive Committee, Secretary, Government Relations Committee Member and China Committees Co-Chair
  • North Bay Leadership Council, Executive Committee

Professional Activities and Experience

  • Northern California Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation (2006–2017)
  • NBLC Leaders of the North Bay Award, Community Building (2016)
  • BTI Client Service All-Star MVP (2014)
  • Heart of Marin Awards for Excellence in Board Leadership, nominee (2013)
  • Legal Aid of Marin, Marin Justice League Hall of Fame (2011)

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