Catherine W. Delorey

Senior Counsel

  • Office Contact Info
  • Biography

    Catherine W. Delorey is Senior Counsel in the San Francisco office of GRSM and a member of the Construction practice group. Catherine has many years of experience aggressively resolving disputes through negotiation, arbitration, and litigation with a “hands-on” approach in addressing client concerns. She has experience representing contractors on a number of legal issues facing the construction industry, including: differing site conditions, nondisclosure, delays and acceleration, liquidated damages, termination, extra work, payment and retention withholdings, and bid protests. Catherine has a track record of success on behalf of her clients, including favorable resolutions at mediation, trial, and on appeal.

    Catherine is dedicated to supporting the industry through her years of volunteer work with the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, United Contractors, AGC of California, and National Association of Women in Construction. Additionally, she is a frequent speaker on legal issues affecting the construction industry.


    • California 
    • Utah
    • Virginia 
    • Washington 
    • U.S. District Court, Northern, Central, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth and Fourth Circuits


    • American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, 2013-Present
      • Litigation and Dispute Resolution Division (Steering Committee)
      • Special Programs and Education Committee - Distance Learning
    • Associated General Contractors of California, 2013 – 2017
      • Legal Advisory Committee
      • Bay Area Construction Leadership Council Steering Committee
    • United Contractors, 2013 – 2017
      • Associate Committee
      • Scholarship Committee
    • National Association of Women in Construction, 2013 – 2015
      • Past President of Greater East Bay Chapter
  • Practice Areas
  • Representative Experience
    • Served as co-counsel in jury trial, obtained verdict, and successfully defended appeal of judgment in favor of heavy civil contractor on multiple contract claims against local public entity in California Superior Court.
    • Served as co-counsel and obtained award in favor of heavy civil contractor on differing site condition and delay claim against state agency in California Office of Administrative Hearings Public Works Contract Arbitration.
    • Successfully protested and defended against protests of award of local public entity construction contracts.
  • Publications & Presentations


    • Research Assistant, Administration of Government Contracts, 5th ed., 2016
    • Contributing Author, Construction Law Update, 2015
    • Contributing Author, Construction Law Update: Case Law and Legislation Affecting the Construction Industry, American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, 2015
    • Contributing Author, Construction Law Update, 2014


    • Presenter, Don’t Let a House Land on You: Indemnities and Third Party Insurance Considerations When Drafting Contracts and Pursuing Claims, ABA Forum on Construction Law Mid-Winter Meeting, 2018
    • Moderator, What’s Not a False Claim Anymore?, ABA Forum on Construction Law Webinar, 2017
    • Moderator, Fundamentals of Construction Law: Learning from the Pros, ABA Forum on Construction Law Regional Program, 2016
    • Panel Member, The Nuts and Bolts of Building a Construction Law Practice, Bar Association of San Francisco Construction Law Section of the Barristers Club, 2015
  • Education


    J.D., University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, 2001

    • Environmental Law Program Certificate
    • Associate Articles Editor, The Business Lawyer

    B.A., Government and Politics with Honors, University of Maryland, College Park, 1998


    Super Lawyers® Rising Stars distinction (2014-2016)

    Diversity Fellow, American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law (2015-2018)