Brenda Radmacher



Partner | Gordon & Rees


Los Angeles | San Diego | Orange County


•  Construction
•  Real Estate
•  Employment
•  Environmental/Toxic Tort
•  Professional Liability
•  Commercial Litigation
•  Class Action


Brenda Radmacher specializes in construction, real estate, and employment litigation, regularly counseling general contractors, construction managers, design professionals, contractors, and owners on contract negotiations, risk management and disputes.

Ms. Radmacher’s practice emphasizes resolving complex construction disputes through negotiation, mediation, and, when necessary, arbitration and litigation, on projects in California, nationwide, and internationally. She frequently addresses claims involving breach of contract, construction and design defects, liens, delays and impacts, construction defects, bonds and insurance issues (including among others, general liability, builder’s risk, professional liability and subcontractor default insurance), and represents many of the nation’s largest contractors and developers in the commercial, multifamily, and residential markets. She has substantial experience in building envelope, water infiltration and mold-related claims, having counseled clients with respect to hundreds of such matters. Ms. Radmacher has defended all types of cases including mass actions and class action claims, defending residential homebuilders, commercial contractors, and design professionals.

As part of her employment practice, Ms. Radmacher has handled sensitive discrimination, harassment, and assault claims for her clients, including complex franchise/corporations issues. Ms. Radmacher frequently litigates disputed claims under the ADA, Title VII, FDCPA, as well as state and local laws, including California’s Proposition 65.

In addition, Ms. Radmacher handles personal injury actions relating to construction site accidents, mold exposure and toxic tort claims, as well as regularly advising multinational and Fortune 500 clients on compliance with California’s Proposition 65 and related regulations. Ms. Radmacher also has expertise in developing risk-management protocols for her clients in both the construction, regulatory, and employment areas.

In her over 19 years of practice, Ms. Radmacher has secured multiple victories for her clients early in the litigation through aggressive law and motion practice, effective negotiation, and early dispute resolution techniques. Due to her experience as a private and court-appointed mediator, Ms. Radmacher is an excellent negotiator and is sought out to resolve the most difficult and complex matters.

Cathy Orquiola

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District Manager | PCL Construction Services

As district manager for PCL Construction's thriving $1 billion Los Angeles district, Cathy only knows one mode: Go. A self-proclaimed ultimate competitor, she is determined to achieve success – for her people, her firm, and her clients. Whether constructing a building or leading a district, Cathy recognizes that people are the key distinguishing factors in every accomplishment. As such, she not only sees her position as a builder of structures, but primarily as a builder of people – a role she has honed throughout her career.

Cathy's career traverses 22 years in the construction industry, beginning in the field as a project engineer and rising through the ranks to become vice president and operations manager for an international construction firm. Throughout, she has led operations and office teams to find the best way – whether building a ground up casino in nine months or driving a culture of innovation that actively embraces new technology and Lean practices.

A strong sense of competition and desire to consistently overcome every obstacle was instilled the moment Cathy was born. The youngest of five siblings, Cathy's deepest foundations are rooted in finding the best and most effective path to realizing goals. Further emphasized through her experience as a semi-pro athlete, Cathy's confidence, personal drive, and deep conviction of team only fuels her fire to motivate others and win. Leading by example, Cathy is a natural collaborator who operates under the core principles of integrity, authenticity, and accountability. Throughout her career her laser focus to achieve has guided her to construct everything the best possible way – first buildings and now an organization of people.

Mitra Memari, AIA LEED AP

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515 South Flower Street, Suite 3700
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Mitra Memari often wonders whether she chose architecture or architecture chose her—in her native language of Farsi, her last name actually means architect. Her grandfather was a city planner in Northwest Iran and she grew up viewing spaces through a design prism. Inspired by the detail and craft of architecture, Mitra has provided the leadership for a number of innovative and high-performance building designs. As a Principal in the Los Angeles office, Mitra brings over 23 years of professional experience and a portfolio of large-scale and technically complex projects, including research laboratories, academic facilities, and healthcare buildings, as well as commercial and mixed-use developments. She has been responsible for guiding multidisciplinary teams and diverse user groups from programming through construction. Her portfolio encompasses projects for The University of Arizona, The University of Texas at Arlington, City of Hope, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and the University of Southern California, where she was responsible for the Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research—a recipient of the American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum & The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Laboratory of the Year High Honors from R&D Magazine. Mitra graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture.

Carrie Schmidt

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CEO | B.C. Schmidt Construction, Inc.


5525 Turner Road
PO Box 1557
Williams, CA 95987

Carrie A. Schmidt is CEO of B.C. Schmidt Construction, Inc., which specializes in federal government construction and services contracts throughout the Western United States and Hawaii. Carrie graduated from California State University, Chico in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Business, and at that time, never dreamed that she would own and run a dynamic construction company. Through her unwavering determination, and spending countless hours educating herself on federal small business programs and certifications, she was able to gain access to limited competition contracts and build B.C. Schmidt’s project portfolio. With certifications in hand, Carrie transitioned the company from commercial to government contracting, working with her team to take on new projects with a focus on safety, quality control and contract administration. Carrie attributes her successes to her motivated and diligent team, and a company culture focused on exceeding expectation and keeping clients’ best interests at heart. Carrie is a member of the Society of Military Engineers and the Association of General Contractors, and is a past board member of Women Construction Owners and Executives (WCOE). In addition, B.C. Schmidt Construction was recently named the 2018 SBA Region 9 Graduated 8(a) Business of the Year.