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    Kelly CauvelKELLY CAUVEL, admitted to the State Bar of California in 1999, has a practice focusing primarily on the representation of public entities, either defending and/or prosecuting, complex construction, contract and bond claims, dispute avoidance, and risk management matters involving contractors, as well as claims involving professional service providers, such as architects, engineers, inspectors, construction managers, and others.

    Ms. Cauvel holds the unique distinction of having held key positions representing two of the largest educational bond programs in the nation during the past eleven years.

    From 2005 through 2008, Kelly served as a strategic advisor for the Los Angeles Unified School District’s $20 billion construction program on a range of internal and external legal, political, and policy issues. She was the Deputy Director of LAUSD’s School Planning and Design department (2005 and 2006) and later Special Assistant to LAUSD’s Chief Facilities Executive (2006 through 2008).

    From 2008 through July 2012, Kelly was a Contracts Administrator and from 2012 through July 2016 was the Dispute and Risk Manager for the Los Angeles Community College District’s $6 billion construction program. In that role, she managed the District‐wide claims avoidance and resolution program and was instrumental in the District realizing substantial cost savings through the successful and expedited resolution of dozens of disputes with District vendors. Kelly also developed, implemented and oversaw the District’s formal risk management program identifying District‐wide construction program risks and employing effective mitigation measures that greatly diminished potential budget and schedule impacts. Likewise, she helped develop contract and procurement documents and implemented new policies and procedures to further limit LACCD’s exposure.

    Ms. Cauvel has widespread experience with large and complex construction projects and programs, providing legal support and counsel primarily in the public works arena. Kelly has also done extensive work in strategic communications, public affairs, and government relations for both public and private sector entities. As Deputy Managing Director of a public affairs advocacy firm, Kelly was instrumental in advancing clients’ programs through the government approval and entitlement process and represented firms in the construction, energy, education, aviation, transportation, real estate development and waste management fields.

    Kelly received her Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern Law School where she was a Board of Governors Member of the Interscholastic Honors Trial Advocacy Program team, and while in law school, also worked as an intern at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Branch.

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