Law School: University of San Diego School of Law
College: San Diego State University
I have enjoyed much success representing the interests of large local developers. Notable among them were several defense verdicts in lawsuits by buyers claiming misrepresentation by real estate agents,; a defense verdict for a developer in a class action lawsuit concerning claimed misrepresentations in the sale of over 300 new homes, and the defeat of a class action against a general contractor involving soils defects in a 500 home community.
While certainly not a major case, I was particularly pleased with a recent defense verdict on behalf of a pool builder. The pool contractor had installed a diving board and the plaintiff cracked his neck during a dive. Plaintiff claimed the pool builder was negligent simply because it installed a diving board. Members of the pool industry that continue to offer diving boards were relieved at the result.
Other accomplishments include resolving claims involving hundreds of homes in single-family and condominium developments with no financial participation by the builder.
Although I have enjoyed representing some of the largest regional builders over the last 28 years, some of my more satisfying cases have been representing local San Diego businesses. I have successfully tried lawsuits involving numerous pool contractors and stucco subcontractors, and was able recently to obtain a defense verdict on a claim of negligent installation of a solar system installer which included an award of all the attorneys’ fees spent.
I began my career as an attorney with Edwards White & Sooy in 1986, where I learned the law of real estate, construction and injury matters. While there, I was able to learn trial skills and lucky enough to begin trying cases in 1988. Paul Delmore and I left the Edwards firm in 1999 and formed our firm, and a couple years later merged with Terry Greene's firm. Since then we have been working out of America Plaza and our recently opened office in Rancho Bernardo.
I have tried more than 40 cases to verdict throughout Northern and Southern California.
I am a member of the San Diego Bar Association and the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel.