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Mark R. Hartney

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Mark R. Hartney has been practicing construction law with Allen Matkins for over 28 years. He is the head of the firm's Construction Litigation group. His practice centers on all aspects of construction contracting and dispute resolution, as well as real estate and business litigation. Mark has extensive construction litigation experience and also negotiates and drafts complex construction, architect and engineer contracts utilizing various delivery methods. With a focus on both construction contracts and litigation, Mark is uniquely qualified to provide clients with broad advice and counsel on all aspects of construction projects.

Mark represents individuals as well as a variety of business entities, and has extensive trial and alternative dispute resolution experience. His experience includes co-chairing a nine-month $150 million jury trial stemming from the collapse of a high-rise resort hotel, numerous other state court trials, dozens of arbitrations and many cases resolved through mediation. He has represented clients before various federal, state, city and county boards and agencies. He has extensive experience in representing businesses in administrative hearings and writ actions involving contracts with public agencies.

Representative clients have included several national building owners and developers, a large Japanese construction company, a Miami-based owner and developer of more than 12,000 mid-to-low income housing units, a California-based bank for whom Mark oversees lien litigation nationwide, several privately-owned small businesses and individuals.

Mark has lectured on topics ranging from the effective use of trial presentation software to how to avoid litigation in construction projects. He authored a chapter on the remedy of specific performance for a CEB practice guide.


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • California Lawyers Association

Community Activities

  • Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood, former President of the Board of Directors (2009 - 2013)


Mark received his B.S. in political science from University of California, Los Angeles, in 1984 and his J.D. from University of California, Davis School of Law, in 1988.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • California State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon