William T. Eliopoulos


Rutan & Tucker, LLP

William T. Eliopoulos

Mr. Eliopoulos has over 25 years of experience assisting clients in the area of Construction and Real Estate Law. He is a partner in Rutan’s Trial Section, Co-Chair of its Construction Law Group and Managing Partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley Office. Mr. Eliopoulos has extensive experience in preparing, handling and defending construction and real estate claims. Mr. Eliopoulos also has assisted clients in drafting and negotiating a wide array of complex construction contracts involving delivery methods including design-bid-build, design-build, CM At-Risk, integrated project delivery, lean construction, green/LEED building, and creative financing models such as Public-Private Partnerships. His experience covers virtually all types of construction projects, from large infrastructure, dams, bridges, transit and roadways, to commercial, industrial and public buildings, hotels, data centers, laboratories, education, airports, health care and power facilities. His work on power facilities includes drafting and negotiating contracts for development, design and construction of solar and wind power generation plants.

Mr. Eliopoulos has trial experience in state and federal courts, arbitration and mediation. He has litigated claims arising from private works, as well as federal, state and local public works projects. His construction litigation experience includes the representation of contractors and developers in connection with claims of all facets, including delay and disruption, change orders, the False Claims Act, contract termination, construction defect, bid protest, and mechanic’s lien. Mr. Eliopoulos formerly was an Instructor of Construction Law at the University of California, Berkeley, Extension Program.

Mr. Eliopoulos received his J.D. in 1981 from the University of California, Davis, Law School, where he was Editor of the Law Review and the Hopkins Award winner. He is a member of the State Bar of California, American Bar Association (Litigation Section; Forum on the Construction Industry), the Santa Clara Bar Association, and the Design-Build Institute of America.