Robert C. Shaia

Robert Shaia has over a decade of experience as a business litigator in Southern California handling all types of business disputes. His practice focuses primarily on construction matters. He has litigated multi-million dollar construction defect cases (both commercial and residential) and has significant experience with other construction litigation matters, including payment disputes, mechanic’s lien claims, and performance and payment bond claims. Robert also handles a wide variety of Landlord/Tenant disputes, including unlawful detainer (eviction) actions.

Robert has jury trial experience. In 2013, he prosecuted a case against a large national bank for its wrongful interception of a construction project’s retention funds held in an escrow account. After a two-week jury trial, Robert obtained a complete victory, recovering the full amount of compensatory damages sought, plus $3.2 million in punitive damages. Robert has also participated in numerous mediations and arbitrations, and frequently counsels his clients on early dispute resolution.

Robert has substantial appellate court experience. In 2011, Robert successfully defeated a $1.6 million mechanic’s/mining lien claim before the California Court of Appeal, which resulted in a published opinion. He has successfully argued before the Courts of Appeal on multiple occasions and, in 2008, was intimately involved, as amicus curiae , in a case before the California Supreme Court.

Robert is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). From 1996 through 2000, he was a financial statement auditor for Ernst & Young, LLP, in the Irvine office. His accounting experience continues to be a powerful asset to his legal practice.

Robert prides himself on client communication. He believes that a strong client relationship stems from listening closely to his clients’ concerns and goals, and promptly responding to their needs.

  1. General Information


    • Loyola Law School, J.D., 2003
    • Order of the Coif
    • Loyola Law Review, 2001-2002
    • California State University Fullerton, B.A. in Accounting and Economics, 1996

    Bar Admissions

    • California

    Court Admissions

    • All US District Courts for the State of California
  2. Memberships & Affiliations
    • Orange County Bar Foundation, Associate Board
    • Ernst & Young Alumni Advisory Council
  3. Publications and Presentations
    • Author: “Change Orders and Extra Work,” Ch. 5, pp. 145-66, California Construction Law.