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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 2001, Payne and Jones Award for Appellate Advocacy
    • B.S., summa cum laude, Kansas Newman College, 1998, NAIA Baseball Academic All-American (1997, 1998)
Chris Sobba assists clients with energy and construction projects ranging from Alaska to Mexico and from Hawaii to the East Coast.  He represents owners, operators, contractors, service providers, subcontractors and engineers.  Chris is a firm believer in partnering with clients.  He communicates with them in a friendly and straightforward manner, and is driven to help each client achieve success - whether that is measured as the successful development and construction of a new project, or success with the resolution of claims that have surfaced on an existing project.

Chris is a proud member of the firm’s Tier-One-ranked practice group as indicated in the 2016 U.S. News and World Report, Best Law Firms report; specifically in the areas of Construction Law and Construction Litigation.  Chris is trusted by, and regularly advises and represents more than a half dozen ENR Top 40 contractors on their energy and construction projects across the country.  He provides advice to clients throughout the entire life cycle of their projects – planning, developing and permitting, procurement, contract drafting and negotiation, day-to-day advice during the life of the project, and finally, project close out, including handling claims and dispute resolution.  If disputes arise, Chris investigates and pursues early resolution where appropriate, and prepares cases and sees them through trial or arbitration, where appropriate.

Chris has experience advising clients in connection with a wide variety of energy and construction projects including:
  • Traditional oil recovery
  • Enhanced oil recovery
  • Power generating facilities
  • Environmental retrofit of coal-fired power generating facilities
  • Liquefied natural gas facilities 
  • Heavy civil projects
  • Federal projects and procurement
  • Aircraft production facilities
  • Steel manufacturing facilities
  • Cement manufacturing facilities
  • EPA environmental clean-up sites
  • Hospitals
  • Commercial offices
  • Churches
  • Schools
  • Museums
  • Arenas
  • Performing arts centers
  • Highways and bridges
  • Light rail transit
  • Airports
  • Hotels
  • High-rise and mid-rise condominiums
  • Apartment complexes and single family homes
  • Demolition
  • Represented NYSE publicly traded operator employing both traditional drilling and enhanced oil recovery technologies in all aspects of procurement, contracting and day-to-day consultation.
  • Represented operator in connection with $45M acquisition of and daily operations and procurement at the historic Teapot Dome oilfield in Wyoming.
  • Represented ENR Top 5 contractor in connection with EPC contract and claims pertaining to large turbine replacement project in California.
  • Represented ENR Top 5 contractor in connection with lien claims on environmental retrofit of coal fired power generating facility in Kansas.
  • Represented ENR Top 40 contractor in connection with claims exceeding $200M pertaining to environmental retrofit of coal fired power generating facilities in Indiana and Ohio, including three week jury trial.
  • Represented ENR Top 25 contractor in connection with EPC contract and multiparty construction litigation with claims in excess of $200M relating to construction of a cement manufacturing facility, including four week arbitration hearing.
  • Represented ENR Top 40 contractor in connection with wastewater treatment facility in Texas.
  • Represented ENR Top 25 contractor in connection with claims concerning a prominent performing arts center.
  • Represented subcontractor in claim against ENR Top 15 contractor relating to infrastructure project at a federal site in Hawaii.
  • Represented ENR Top 10 contractor in connection with multi-million dollar claims pertaining to construction of the Metro Link rail project in St. Louis.
  • Represented contractor in connection with recovery of $5M paid to repair a 36 acre standing seam metal roof atop a steel manufacturing facility in Indiana.
  • Represented ENR Top 25 contractor in connection with recovery of amounts paid to repair a flat roof above a data center in Iowa.
  • Represented subcontractor in connection with a federal military project in Texas.
  • Represented prime contractor in connection with a federal project in Washington.
  • Represented prime contractor in connection with a federal project in Nevada.
  • Represented large energy and power company in connection with claims arising out of the environmental retrofit of a coal-fired power generating facility.
  • Represented ENR Top 10 engineering firm in connection with a mine roof collapse.
  • Represented large national contractor in connection with disputes pertaining to the construction of a prominent resort in Vail, Colorado.
  • Represented oil operator in connection with recovery of $1M loss sustained at its facility as a result of failed pumps.
  • Represented prominent east coast university in connection with development, procurement, contracting and construction of a large tunneling project on campus.
  • Represented subcontractor in connection with recovery of $3M+ claim against the government on military project in Hawaii.
  • Represented ENR Top 85 contractor and secure judgment in connection with construction of a multi-million clubhouse at a prominent country club in Kansas.
  • Represented ENR Top 85 contractor in three week jury trial concerning a condominium development and obtain multi-million dollar jury verdict and uphold it on appeal.
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Delay & Disruption Claims
Construction Law: Advanced Issues and Answers; National Business Institute Seminar
March 4, 2016
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Notice and Opportunity to Cure Provisions
Builders' Association e-News
July 9, 2010
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Tort Claims Against Design Professionals
American Institute of Architects
Presentation given to design professionals for continuing education credit
April 2008
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Construction Law and Construction Litigation
The University of Kansas Construction Law Society
Presentation given in Lawrence, Kansas.
March 2007
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Using a Mechanic's Lien to Get Your Money
National Business Institute
Presentation at full-day CLE in Overland Park, Kansas
2007
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Private Construction in Kansas
Kansas City Small Business Monthly, September 2006.
September 2006
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The Importance of Well-Defined Scope
Remodeling Magazine
July 2006
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Trends in Fairness in Contracting Statutes
ABA Forum on Construction Law
Division 9 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.
May 2006
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New Kansas Alternative Project Delivery Law Allows Design-Build and CM at Risk
AIA Legal Brief
May 2006
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Kansas Residential Construction Defect Act
American Bar Association
K.S.A. ยง 60-4701, et seq., Forum on the Construction Industry, Division 9
September 2005