Rowan Mason

Rowan Mason


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University of San Diego School of Law
J.D. cum laude 2008; Comments and Casenote Editor, San Diego Law Review; CALI Award for highest grade in International Commercial Arbitration; Honors in Trial Advocacy and Legal Research & Writing lawyering skills

University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. in Economics 2002

Jones Day
Partner, 2018-2021
Associate, 2011-2018

Howrey LLP
Associate, 2008-2011

Thelen LLP
Associate, 2008
Summer Associate, 2007

California; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of California

Chambers-ranked for Construction in California
Member of ABA Forum on Construction Law
Contributing Editor, The Construction Lawyer

Rowan Mason is an experienced construction lawyer who litigates cases and advises clients through all stages of construction.  Prior to joining the firm, Rowan was a partner in Jones Day’s construction practice where he was part of the team that was awarded Chambers USA’s Construction Practice of the Year in 2017 and Law360’s Construction Group of the Year for 2020.  Before Jones Day, Rowan spent several years in the renowned construction practices of the now-defunct law firms of Thelen and Howrey.  He is one of three lawyers in California to be ranked “Up-and-Coming” by Chambers USA for Construction in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Rowan has represented private owners, public entities, contractors, and subcontractors in all stages of litigation and arbitration, primarily involving delay, breach of contract, and defect claims.  He also has significant experience in the earlier stages of construction projects, including contract drafting and negotiation, project advice and counsel, and bid protests.  Rowan’s construction experience has involved a wide range of large projects, including hotels, hospitals, oil and gas facilities, manufacturing plants, sports arenas, and heavy civil works in the United States and around the globe.  Many of these projects have included disputes in the hundreds of millions or billions of dollars.

Before beginning his legal career, Rowan interned at Bechtel, where he worked in field construction and assisted the in-house legal department.

Rowan is the co-author of the Construction Chapter in the fourth and fifth editions of Thomas West’s Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts and currently serves as Contributing Editor to The Construction Lawyer, a scholarly journal published by the American Bar Association