Treven I. Tilbury

Treven I. Tilbury


Treven I. Tilbury


Treven Tilbury has an innate understanding of the construction industry coupled with intelligence and common-sense that make him a powerful ally before, during, and after the construction phase.

Treven represents owners, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, designers, lenders, and sureties in virtually every aspect of the construction process. He has the knowledge and experience to assist clients with construction claims, liens, stop-notices, bonds, scope-of-work disputes, delays, construction defects, and bid protests.

Treven’s practice also involves drafting and reviewing construction-related contracts for every facet of the construction process, including general contracts, subcontracts, material-supply contracts, and design contracts. He has drafted and advised clients on virtually every type of building contract, including fixed-price, cost-plus, design-assist, EPC, and design-build agreements. Treven’s expertise allows him to identify common trouble spots between contracting parties, and to give his clients guidance while negotiating the best available deal and minimizing risk.

Clients look to Treven for his exemplary guidance on disputes that arise during the construction process. His experience in litigating construction disputes gives him a clear understanding of the costs and benefits for the infinite approaches to construction-dispute resolution. Due to his family background in construction, Treven possesses a rare perspective that allows him to analyze and evaluate disputes while providing sound and cost-effective advice.

If litigation becomes necessary, whether the dispute involves a private or public project or whether adeptly handling multi-million dollar delay and disruption claims, litigating payment disputes, or prosecuting or defending lien or bond claims, Treven has a track record of proven success.



  • Represent one of the fastest-growing property development companies in California in connection with real-estate and construction litigation.
  • Lead outside counsel for Bay Area based steel fabrication and erection firm.
  • Outside general counsel and construction counsel for large general contractor performing Federal projects throughout the western United States.
  • Outside general counsel and construction counsel for one of the largest structural steel-deck installers in Northern California.
  • Representing Fortune 100 company in connection with default termination case against subcontractor.
  • Drafted prime contract documents for construction work for large public institutional investor.
  • Advised numerous owners, contractors, and subcontractors with respect to contract negotiations.
  • Co-counsel to public works contractor in multi-year public works default termination dispute presenting a matter of first impression for California’s Appellate Courts.
  • Outside general counsel and construction counsel for structural steel fabricator performing work across northern California.
  • Outside general counsel and construction counsel for mid-sized structuralsteel erector.
  • Outside general counsel and construction counsel for large curtain-wall subcontractor performing multi-story structures throughout northern California.
  • Represented structural-steel subcontractor in affirmative claims case on large school project where prime contractor was terminated for default.
  • Represented multiple owners and contractors in bid protests.
  • Regularly represent owners, contractors, subcontractors, material-suppliers, design professionals, and others in connection with construction issues of every kind and dimension.

Real Estate

  • Outside general counsel for real-estate investment arm of national healthcare provider.
  • Represented national real-estate management firm in connection with construction dispute on property managed for very large public institutional investor.
  • Regularly represented one of the largest wireless providers in the world in connection with site-improvement construction and real-estate dispute issues.
  • Represent multi-billion dollar real estate acquisitions firm in real estate and development disputes.
  • Handled numerous lease disputes, property boundary disputes, disputes regarding purchase-and-sale issues, and virtually every form of real estate litigation.
  • Outside general counsel to developer regarding all facets of real estate acquisition and management.


  • Lead litigation and trial counsel in lawsuit against worldwide wind-energy concern relating to real property and fraud dispute.
  • Representing large regional grocery concern in connection with negotiating solar EPC contract.
  • Represented national food distributor in connection with negotiating multi-million dollar EPC solar project.
  • Outside general counsel for alternative-energy contractor regarding negotiation and construction of eight-figure cogeneration facility contract.
  • Represented municipal utility district in litigation involving alleged damage and defects caused by transmission-line voltage change.
  • Representing Fortune 500 company in connection with termination of participating mechanical contractor from incentive program.

General Counsel

  • Outside general counsel to one of the nation’s largest medical staffing companies.
  • Outside general counsel to numerous large scale agricultural operations in the nut and rice industries.

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Member, Associated General Contractors Legal Advisory Committee, 2006 - Present
  • RECON, Sacramento Chapter, Chair, 2015 - present
  • RECON, Sacramento Chapter, Board of Directors, 2012 - 2014
  • Founding Former Chair, Make-A-Wish Sacramento Advisory Committee, 2007- 2009

Honors And Rankings

  • Sacramento Magazine, Top Lawyers, Construction, 2015-2016

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