John P. Carpenter

Executive Vice President & General Counsel


Mr. Carpenter is Shimmick’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, overseeing the legal team and all aspects of Shimmick’s legal activities.

Mr. Carpenter, whose career spans several decades, has extensive expertise in construction law and a successful track record managing legal operations for major construction and engineering companies to include a wide range of responsibilities and accomplishments, such as successfully overseeing legal operations on billion-dollar construction projects and the resolution of multi-million dollar claims. He has extensive experience in diverse sectors, including power, water treatment, residential, transportation (airports, freeways, high-speed rail), and government procurement. Throughout his career, Mr. Carpenter has held various high-profile executive roles most recently at Balfour Beatty U.S., and a 23-year tenure as Assistant General Counsel at Kiewit Corporation.

Prior to his counsel roles, Mr. Carpenter was in private practice where he represented both public and private owners as well as contractors and designers on various types of projects.  An author and lecturer, Mr. Carpenter is recognized as an industry expert, sought-after presenter, and writer in the field of construction law. He has authored amicus briefs involving construction issues and is a respected legal authority. 

Mr. Carpenter holds a J.D. from McGeorge School of Law and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. He holds bar admissions in California, Colorado, and Utah. Mr. Carpenter serves on the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Construction Arbitrators and is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on the Construction Industry and a member of the Steering Committee of that organization’s Division 13 Government Contracts. He is also a member of the California State Bar’s Real Property Section and Environmental Law Section, and is actively involved in legal issues impacting the construction industry through the AGC of California’s Legal Advisory Committee.