Christopher M. Bunge

(949) 852-6700

For over twenty years, Chris Bunge has been a litigator for the construction industry, providing a full range of litigation and counseling services in the arenas of public and private construction projects, suretyship, and contractual disputes. Starting his career in Connecticut, Chris represented contractors and project owners all over New England and New York. He expanded that practice after moving to Southern California in 2009.

Chris has prepared, prosecuted and defended against a wide variety of construction claims  in both the private and public realms. Chris uses his claim experience to advise clients on contract negotiation and drafting with an eye to avoid costly disputes or otherwise mitigate costs to resolve such disputes.

Chris has also acted in a general counsel role for many California contractors working for various public agencies, including Caltrans, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Antelope Valley Community College District, and South San Francisco Unified School District. In this capacity, Chris has helped contractors navigate statutory requirements for government contracting, negotiation of change orders, and the resolution of claims in arbitration or litigation.

Chris has also successfully taken matters through trial, including a defense verdict for a underground utility contractor on a USACE project and a defense verdict on behalf of a nationally recognized subdivision developer against a contractor contesting its termination.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker: Western States Surety Conference, 2017-2024.
  • Author: “California Case Update: The Continued Evolution of California’s Prompt-Payment Laws,” Watt, Tieder Newsletter, Winter 2023.
  • Author: “California Case Update: Supreme Court Clarifies Prompt Payment Obligations on Private Projects,” Watt, Tieder Newsletter, Summer 2018.
  • Author: “Risks of Federally Supported P3 Projects Case Study: The Fargo Moorhead Area Diversion Project,” ABA Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter, Spring 2017.
  • Speaker, “California Case and Statute Updates,” Western States Surety Conference-On the Waterfront, April, 2017.
  • Author: “California Law Update: Courts Maintain Strict Limits on The Scope of Subdivision Bonds,” Watt, Tieder Newsletter, Winter 2014.
  • Contributor: “Fifty State Analysis of Key Issues Related to Construction and Engineering Contracts,” Watt, Tieder Newsletter, Fall 2011.
  • Author: “E-Discovery Litigation Holds: To Preserve and Collect,” Watt, Tieder Newsletter, Summer 2010.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction
  • Government Contracts
  • Surety


  • University of Connecticut Law School, 2002
  • Colby College, B.A. Government, 1999, cum laude & with distinction

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court of Connecticut
  • All U.S. District Courts for the State of California
  • Court of Federal Claims