1 About Us McLeod Law Group is a boutique civil litigation law firm that is dedicated to providing clients the highest caliber service and representation, while maintaining professionalism, respect and integrity in the legal profession. Our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys perform counseling and litigation services to clients in a broad range of practice areas including insurance, construction, real estate/development, business and general civil litigation. We are able to offer a personal response to our client needs and have developed a reputation for excellent, effective representation. Client satisfaction is our primary goal and our attorneys work closely with our clients to ensure their interests are being met throughout the various stages of the legal process. 701 B Street, Suite 1570, San Diego, CA Phone: Fax:
2 John J. McLeod Shareholder Practice Areas: Insurance, Construction, Real Estate/Development, Business John J. McLeod represents policyholders relating to the evaluation, negotiation and litigation of insurance coverage matters. Mr. McLeod represents developers and contractors, including specialty trades, in matters involving wrap policies, owner controlled insurance programs, project specific policies, annual policies, and alternative insurance arrangements, such as self-insurance programs, fronting programs and risk retention programs. Mr. McLeod s representation of policyholders extends to all types of first- and third-party policies, including, for example, primary, excess and umbrella liability policies, director and officer policies, error and omission policies, property policies and builder s risk policies. Mr. McLeod s representation of developers and contractors extends beyond insurance policies and includes issues that involve construction contracts, warranties, indemnity agreements, SB800 provisions and enhanced protection agreements, and other similar types of issues. He also handles broker malpractice disputes and disputes involving fiduciary relationships, real property litigation, business disputes and other types of civil litigation. Prior to founding McLeod Law Group, APC, Mr. McLeod was a member of Oliva & McLeod, ALC, where he represented developers, contractors, brokers, homeowner associations and homeowners in various transactional and litigation matters. Prior to that, Mr. McLeod was an associate at Lorber, Greenfield & Polito, LLP and Stutz, Artiano, Shinoff & Holtz, APC where his practice included the defense of developers and contractors in construction defect litigation. Mr. McLeod represents clients throughout California, both in state and federal courts. He has also appeared pro hac vice as counsel in the states of Florida, Colorado and Arizona and has assisted in matters pending in Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Speaking Engagements: Tips for Avoiding the 'Perfect Storm' in the Handling of Wrap Claims, May 12, 2011, West Coast Casualty s 2011 Construction Defect Seminar. Insurance Coverage for Construction: Five Things You Should Know About Self-Insured Retentions (SIRs), May 25, 2010, San Diego County Bar Association. California Coverage Issues and Current Trends, September 18, 2009, MC Consultants West Region Construction Defect and Construction Law Conference. Publications: McLeod, J. (2013). Chapter 6: Insurance Considerations. In: Miller, T. et al. eds. (2013) Handling Construction Defect Claims: Western States, 4 th ed. New York: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business through Aspen Publishers. July 2012 Co-author, Risks in Coverage under Another s Policy, Daily Journal. December 2011 Co-author, A New Twist on the Duty to Defend, Daily Journal.
3 (John J. McLeod, continued) Education: Loyola Law School, J.D., 1994 Articles Editor, International & Comparative Law Journal University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., cum laude, Economics, International Area Studies, 1991 College of Honors Bar Admissions: California U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit U.S. District Court, Central District of California U.S. District Court, Southern District of California Professional & Community Affiliations: San Diego County Bar Association
4 Lorene Danga McLeod Shareholder Practice Areas: Business, General Civil Litigation Lorene Danga McLeod focuses her practice in advising companies and individuals in their business transactions. This includes providing counsel on employment matters and drafting business and employment agreements such as leases, third party contracts, employment contracts and independent contractor agreements. Ms. McLeod previously was an associate with Stutz, Artiano, Shinoff & Holtz, APC, where she had extensive experience in litigation and mandamus proceedings relating to employment, civil rights and school law. She also drafted appellate briefs. Her practice included litigating discrimination, sexual harassment and employment matters for school districts and other public entities. Education: UCLA School of Law, J.D., 1993 Moot Court Executive Board University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., Linguistics (with Departmental Honors), 1990 Bar Admissions: California U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit U.S. District Court, Central District of California U.S. District Court, Southern District of California Professional & Community Affiliations: San Diego County Bar Association
5 Paul C. Hirst Partner Practice Areas: Insurance, Construction, Business Paul C. Hirst represents policyholders relating to the evaluation, negotiation and litigation of insurance coverage matters. Mr. Hirst s representation of policyholders includes developers and contractors, including specialty trades of all types and sizes. Mr. Hirst s practice in insurance coverage matters includes disputes involving commercial general liability, worker s compensation, disability and similar types of third and first party coverages. Mr. Hirst also handles general business matters, such as drafting contracts, mechanic s liens, stop notices, broker malpractice disputes, real property litigation and business disputes. Previously, Mr. Hirst was a law clerk at Walsh & Furcolo, LLP, where he assisted in the defense of general civil litigation matters. He also was a law clerk at the San Diego City Attorney s Office, where he assisted in the prosecution of domestic violence cases. Education: University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 2004 Appellate Moot Court Board National Moot Court Team Ithaca College, B.S., Sports Management, 1995 Bar Admissions: California U.S. District Court, Southern District of California Professional & Community Affiliations: San Diego County Bar Association Triathlon Club of San Diego
6 Malcolm B. Roberts Of Counsel Practice Areas: Insurance, Construction Malcolm B. Roberts represents policyholders in a broad range of complex insurance coverage disputes and was recognized as a Top Young Attorney by the San Diego Daily Transcript in Prior to joining McLeod Law Group, Mr. Roberts litigated a variety of commercial litigation matters, including, but not limited to product liability, insurance coverage and real estate related disputes. Mr. Roberts also assisted in the representation of several plaintiffs in a four-month jury trial, which resulted in a fraud verdict against a national title insurance company related to a massive mortgage fraud scheme. Education: Loyola Law School, J.D., 2005 University of California, Berkeley, B.A., English, 2000 Publications: October 2009 Duty of Due Care Not Extended to Utility Company, Trial Bar News, Vol. 32, Issue 8. May 2008 Pre-Market FDA Approval Protects Medical Device Manufacturers, Trial Bar News, Vol. 31, Issue 5. Bar Admissions: California U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit U.S. District Court, Southern District of California U.S. District Court, Central District of California Professional & Community Affiliations: San Diego County Bar Association Board of Directors, Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association Board of Directors, Olivia Hudson Foundation
7 Practices Insurance McLeod Law Group specializes in the representation of policyholders relating to the evaluation, negotiation and litigation of insurance coverage matters. The firm s representation of policyholders includes developers and contractors, including specialty trades, of various types and sizes. The evaluation and negotiation of coverage matters includes wrap policies or owner/contractor controlled insurance programs, project specific policies, mutual modification of policy terms and conditions, various coverage endorsements (removal and addition) and alternative insurance arrangements, such as fronting policies, risk retention groups and similar, alternative methods of shifting loss. The types of insurance disputes handled by the firm include all types of first party and third party coverages, including comprehensive or commercial general liability policies, builder s risk policies, directors and officers policies, errors and omissions or professional malpractice policies, disability policies, property policies, life insurance policies, personal lines policies (such as homeowners), and worker s compensation policies. The attorneys of McLeod Law Group have obtained more than $50,000,000 in coverage from insurance companies on behalf of builders and contractors alone. Construction McLeod Law Group represents commercial and residential builders and specialty trades in the handling of various types of construction disputes, ranging from contract drafting and negotiation to litigation of contract disputes. The firm also handles lien claims (mechanic s liens and stop notices, as well as warranty, payment and performance bonds), payment disputes, delay claims and other construction-related disputes. The firm has assisted builders and contractors, including specialty trades, in the negotiation and drafting of agreements in accordance with SB800, AB758 and similar statutory schemes and provisions which have recently been enacted and have dramatically altered the landscape of contract obligations and negotiations in California. Real Estate/Development McLeod Law Group assists its clients in a variety of real estate and development processes. We represent landlords and tenants in negotiation and drafting of commercial lease agreements, as well as in handling a variety of landlord-tenant disputes. We also represent developers and builders in the negotiation and, where necessary, litigation of disputes concerning various aspects of the development process. This includes disputes arising during the submission, revision and approval of developments, including tentative tract maps, as well as the negotiation or litigation of disputes concerning the compliance with various types of implementing agreements, such as development agreements, conditions of approval and similar types of obligatory arrangements. The firm has represented developers in negotiation and litigation of matters relating to the purchase and sale of land, the obligations imposed by municipalities and other governmental and quasigovernmental agencies and disputes between developers within master subdivisions. (Practices continues )
8 Practices (Practices, continued) Business McLeod Law Group represents clients in a variety of business matters and disputes. The firm has helped form companies and partnerships of all types, including negotiating and drafting incorporation agreements, articles, bylaws, operating agreements and partnership agreements, whether acting as counsel for the newly formed entity or one or more of the founding members/entities. The firm has also helped negotiate or, where necessary, litigate, disputes arising out of the operation or management of various business entities. This includes shareholder buy-outs or cash-outs, as well as agreements to re-organize or re-structure various entities in order to facilitate resolution of such disputes and continued profitable operation of the business entities. In addition, when otherwise unavoidable or necessary, the firm has assisted in advising companies and shareholders/members in the dissolution of business entities, including the formation of dissolution funds and the methods for calculating loss exposure and necessary reserves. General Civil Litigation McLeod Law Group represents individuals and companies in a broad range of civil disputes. The attorneys of the firm have handled personal injury, employment and contract disputes in litigation as well as in alternative dispute resolution proceedings such as mediation and arbitration. The firm continuously seeks to resolve its clients disputes consistent with the clients particular objectives and as practical and cost-effective as possible.
9 Contact Us Our Offices McLeod Law Group is located at: 701 B Street, Suite 1570 San Diego, CA Phone: Fax: Driving Directions: From Highway 163 Heading South: As you enter Downtown San Diego, Highway 163 becomes 10th Avenue. Make a right on Broadway, then make a right on 7th Ave. The parking entrance to the building is on 7th Ave., on your right, between B St. and C St. From I-5 Heading South: As you approach Downtown San Diego from the north, exit 10th Avenue. Make a right on Broadway, then make a right on 7th Ave. The parking entrance to the building is on 7th Ave., on your right, between B St. and C St. From I-5 Heading North: As you approach Downtown San Diego from the south, exit B Street and turn left (west). Make a left on 10th Avenue, then a right on Broadway, and then a right on 7th Ave. The parking entrance to the building is on 7th Ave., on your right, between B St. and C St.