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Joseph A. Sammartino

Joseph A. Sammartino, Esq.

Litigation Department Co-Chair

Practice Areas

Community Association Counsel
Construction Defect Litigation
Civil Litigation
Appellate Litigation

Legal Assistant: Jennifer Westlund


Georgetown University, 2003
University of San Diego School of Law, 2006

Affiliations and Memberships

State Bar of California San Diego County Bar Association Foothill Bar Association College of Community Association Lawyers Community Associations Institute (CAI) California Association of Community Managers (CACM) Louis M. Welsh Inn of Court Hon. J. Clifford Wallace Inn of Court San Diego Rotary Club 33


Joe Sammartino has litigated civil cases on behalf of and against major international companies and has defended the rights of individuals in state and federal courts throughout California and around the United States. He has significant experience in litigation involving real estate disputes, contract disputes, business disputes, partnership disputes, trade secret disputes, real estate matters, construction, construction defect, product liability, professional liability, insurance bad faith, and employment matters. Joe has handled all aspects of litigation from pre-litigation demands, negotiations, and settlements through the filing of complaints, discovery, comprehensive motion practice, depositions – having served as lead counsel in over 350 depositions – mediation and settlement, arbitration, or trial and verdict in state and federal courts, including appeals.

Joe has served as outside general counsel for clients, providing services including: corporate structures, dispute avoidance and resolution, drafting and reviewing contracts, agreements, and leases, nondisclosure agreements, partnership agreements, reseller and distributor agreements, professional services agreements, financing structures and deals, real estate leases and sales, easements, equipment sales and leases, severance agreements, employee handbooks, risk management policies and procedures, due diligence and letters of intent for mergers and acquisitions.

Honors & Awards

  • 2016 (1st), 2017 (1st), 2018 (1st), 2019 (1st), 2020 (3rd) - Best Attorney, Best of La Jolla, “La Jolla Light”
  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 – Super Lawyers, Rising Star (Under 40)
  • 2015, 2016, 2017 – Distinguished Lawyers of America

  • Additional Articles

    • Hon. J. Clifford Wallace Chapter, American Inns of Court, “Implicit Bias” – January 2015
    • “Corporate and Transactional Ethics,” California Alliance of Paralegal Associations, Statewide Conference, June, 2014
    • Louis M. Welsh Chapter, American Inns of Court, Summary of Arbitration Program – June 2014
    • San Diego Paralegal Association, “Legal Ethics for Paralegals,” April, 2013
    • San Diego Paralegal Association, “Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility: The Ethical Obligations of Lawyers and Their Sources,” April, 2012
    • Defense Research Institute, 2011 National Product Liability Case Law Update, Ninth Circuit section, including California, Alaska, Montana, and the Northern Mariana Islands
    • Hon. J. Clifford Wallace Chapter, American Inns of Court, Jury Selection – 2013
    • Louis M. Welsh Chapter, American Inns of Court, “Anatomy of a Trial: U.S. v. Roger Clemens” – February 2013
    • Hon. J. Clifford Wallace Chapter, American Inns of Court, “Election Selection – Proposition 37 Debate (GMO Labeling)” – October 2012
    • Hon. J. Clifford Wallace Chapter, American Inns of Court, The Impact of the U.S. Supreme Court – How Contemporary Life Would be Different If Certain Cases Had Been Decided Differently – January 2011
    • Hon. J. Clifford Wallace Chapter, American Inns of Court, Court Reporters and Depositions – March 2010
    • Louis M. Welsh Chapter, American Inns of Court, Jury Selection – November 2009

    Events & Speaking Engagements

    Joe is a San Diego native. He enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing sports with his three boys and their dog. He also enjoys playing tennis and padel.

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