You want and deserve a trial lawyer who will work tirelessly for you, leaving nothing to chance. When it comes to the heavy lifting required to prevail at trial or crush a CrossFit workout, Alan Carnegie takes nothing for granted. Preparation, anticipation, deliberation and execution are the cornerstones of the Law Offices of Alan J. Carnegie, APC.
For 35 years, Alan has represented the full range of construction and real property professionals, from mass and single project owner-developers, to general contractors, specialty subcontractors and suppliers, architects and engineers, as well as real estate buyers and sellers, agents and brokers and homeowners’ associations and their members in both litigation and transactional matters. Having worked in the field for a home builder, Alan brings a unique behind the scenes insight to his practice.
Whether in trial, arbitration, mediation or contract negotiations, you need someone on your team with the experience, creativity and drive to see you and your company through to a successful outcome.
The Law Offices of Alan J. Carnegie, APC are experienced in Mechanic’s Lien and Miller Act claims, construction delay claims and related fee disputes as well as suits involving allegations of defective construction.
Alan’s real property practice includes the resolution of lot line disputes, encroachment issues, trespass and nuisance claims, and non-disclosure claims. With their densely situated homes, zero lot lines and dubious landscaping choices, maturing local developments have spurred a rise in property damage claims resulting from tree root migration and invasion which Alan has embraced with zeal.
Located in Calabasas, California, the firm provides sophisticated yet cost effective litigation and dispute resolution services. The firm’s goal is to resolve disputes and achieve your goals in the most efficient and effective manner possible and while the majority of disputes can be resolved without litigation, when trial beckons, the Law Offices of Alan J. Carnegie, APC brings 35 years of complex litigation experience to bear to achieve your objectives.
Whether you are a corporation, sole proprietor or an individual, have an established business or are just starting out, the Law Offices of Alan J. Carnegie, APC is dedicated to providing big firm litigation experience and sophistication at small firm rates and personalized attention to your needs. The firm’s size allows it to increase efficiencies and reduce overhead, with the freedom to offer flexible and creative fee arrangements, including fixed fees, milestone payments, and both partial and full contingency.
The Firm’s founder, Alan Carnegie, has been representing clients in complex construction and real property disputes since 1985. In 1999, Alan’s representation of a local builder garnered state-wide notoriety in a case that made its way to the California Supreme Court which denied homeowners damages for emotional distress based upon breach of a contract to build a house. Erlich v. Menezes (1999) 21 Cal.4th 543 is cited frequently by colleagues and in appellate opinions.
Alan has written for trade publications and speaks and moderates panels for local bar organizations including the California Building Industry Foundation, the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and The Community Associations Institute.
When the rigors of his law practice allow, you’ll find Alan at the Wattles Community Garden in Hollywood or in his own backyard garden, in a CrossFit box or attending live country music shows with his fiancé Jill.
Cases & Publications
Erlich v. Menezes (1999) 21 Cal.4th 543
Fairy Tale or Urban Legend: The (Brief) Rise and Fall of Emotional Distress Damages in Construction Defect Cases, Verdict, 1st Quarter, 2000.
Whose Loss Is It Anyway? Quorum, September 2016
J.D., University of Arizona College of Law, 1985
University of Southern California, Spring 1985
B.A., University of Arizona, 1981
State of California, 1985
U.S. District Court of California, Central, 1986
U.S. District Court of California, Southern, 2015
U.S. Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit, 1990
California Court of Appeal, 1988
California Supreme Court, 1999
Memberships, Awards & Honors:
State Bar of California
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (Board Member and Construction Committee Chair)
AV Preeminent Rating with Martindale-Hubbell 2020
Wattles Community Garden (Board Member)