Christopher Ng is the managing partner of Gibbs Giden LLP, nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country's preeminent law firms for construction law, and recently recognized by Los Angeles Business Journal as one of LA's Top 25 Law Firms to Work For and Most Admired Law Firms.
Chris primarily represents companies in a wide range of business, commercial and construction transactions and disputes. Chris is a member of the State Bar of California and District of Columbia and licensed to practice in all California state and federal courts. Chris is also an educator, active speaker, published author and frequent contributor to local, regional and national legal publications. For his achievements, Chris has been named a “Rising Star” and “Superlawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine and Super Lawyers® (Thomson/Reuters) regularly since 2009 (including again in 2021).
Chris is nationally recognized in the field of construction law and regularly pens articles and contributes to treatises for construction industry professionals and other lawyers including publications by ENR Engineering News-Record, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (California Construction Law), BNi® (Acret’s California Mechanics Lien Laws), the California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) (California Mechanics Liens and Related Construction Remedies and California Construction Contracts, Defects and Litigation), Business Credit Magazine, and the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Construction Law. In addition to his current position as an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics and Graduate Business Program at California State University Northridge, Chris has taught the Legal Environment of Business at Pepperdine University and has been a guest lecturer of construction law at Loyola Law School (Los Angeles). Chris is also a frequent speaker and educator on construction law for organizations including the ABA, National Association of Credit Management (NACM), Los Angeles County Bar Association, Credit Management Association (CMA), Levelset, and Lorman Education Services, and was a featured speaker at the 2012 (Las Vegas), 2015 (Boca Raton), and 2019 (Los Angeles) Annual ABA Forum on Construction Law meetings. In 2013, Chris was appointed to the Division 9 Steering Committee of the ABA Forum on Construction Law primarily representing the interests of specialty trade contractors and suppliers in the construction industry on a national and global basis. Since 2015, Chris has served on the ABA Forum’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of the vital role diversity plays in the industry.
Chris represents owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals in connection with all aspects of private and public projects, from contract negotiation to enforcing and defending contract, mechanics lien, stop payment notice, bond and other statutory claims. These projects include commercial and industrial complexes, federal and state government projects, universities and schools, theaters, hospitals, retail stores, hotels, office buildings, restaurants and solar power projects. Clients include notable general contractors, specialty trade contractors, commercial property owners, design and architectural firms, and material suppliers and manufacturers in a wide variety of industries.
Chris is uniquely well-equipped to counsel all types of business in a wide variety of legal issues. He provides a broad range of legal services to protect and grow a company in every stage of the business life cycle, including: the proper formation of the appropriate business entity; drafting and negotiating all types of contracts to manage risk; protecting trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property; resolving claims before litigation; prosecuting and defending business-related litigation; collections; restructuring debt; enforcing judgments; and protecting creditors’ rights in bankruptcy. Chris is also an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics and Graduate Business Program at California State University, Northridge, where for more than fifteen years, he has taught subjects including contracts, commercial law, civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, negotiation, remedies, negligence, agency and employment, and intentional torts such a defamation, trespass, nuisance, commercial misappropriation, and fraud. Chris was named the 2015-2016 “Educator of the Year” by Credit Management Association (CMA), the largest then affiliate of the National Association of Credit Management (NACM).
Chris also regularly assists manufacturers, distributors and retailers with a vast array of commercial law issues, including: drafting standard terms and conditions for the sale or purchase of goods; advising clients regarding troublesome contract terms; ensuring proper contract administration; handling shipping disputes and risk of loss; representing clients in commercial disputes and litigation; and assisting with enforcing judgments and collections. Chris’s varied commercial clientele includes buyers and sellers of all types of goods including steel, electrical and lighting, lumber, roofing, mechanical, plumbing, solar, oil and petroleum products, apparel, electronic components, composite goods, and rental equipment. More...