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Angelina Maria Plumtree

Angelina Maria Plumtree

also known as Maria Plumtree

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About Me

My Motto:  Helping contractors navigate the legal system.


I  has over 15 years of experience representing general contractors, custom homebuilders, 8a contractors,remodelers, subcontractors, suppliers, engineers and architects in both California and Nevada. Maria is a regular guest lecturer for numerous organizations including the National Business Institute, California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors, Building Industry Association, Southern California Remodelers’ Council, and Desert Contractors Association.



I come from a long line of contractors. My grandfather was a master tile setter who migrated from Italy and opened a tile setting business in 1940. My uncle took the family business and expanded it to a general contractor business. My  cousin purchased the oldest roofing company in Albany, New York and has kept the doors open since 1991.


In her formative years, and partly to keep her out of trouble, Maria was “shipped” to New York so that she could stay out of trouble by learning how to appreciate hard work. This included roofing and hot mopping. After a particularly hot summer, Maria learned that she was “not interested” in working in the construction field and went to law school.


After becoming a licensed attorney, I discovered that a majority of contractors were underrepresented in the legal community. Because of my  family’s involvement in construction, she decided to focus her law practice on the representation of contractors. Prior to founding Plumtree & Tran, LLP, I worked for a multi-state law firm in Las Vegas, Nevada representing developers that included Beazer and Pardee. I have litigated numerous construction defect cases and was part of the trial team that litigated Shuette v. Beazer Homes Holding Corp. in 2005. That case is still cited as valid Nevada law.


I returned to California where I work for another large multi-state law firm that represented subcontractors prior to breaking out on my own in 2006.


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Practice Areas


  1. Construction & Development: 60%
    15 years
  2. Contracts & Agreements: 30%
    15 years
  3. Real Estate: 10%
    15 years



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Contact Info

Plumtree & Associates

4012 Katella Ave, Suite 102
Los Alamitos, CA, 90720

Plumtree & Associates Santa Maria Office

2370 Skyway Dr
Santa Maria, CA, 93455

Plumtree & Associates Palm Desert Satellite Office

77-700 Enfield Lane, Unit B-1
Palm Desert, CA, 92211



NVAttorney Active200002/23/2013

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Volunteer of the Year AwardTrade Contractor's Council2010
Volunteer of the YearRemodelor's Council2008
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerPlumtree & Associates2014 - Present
OwnerPlumtree & Tran, LLP2006 - 2014
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Santa Maria Contractors AssociationMember2015 - Present
San Luis Obsipo Contractors ExchangeMember2015 - Present
Santa Barbara Contractors AssociationMember2015 - Present
California Association of Trade ContractorsMember2008 - Present
Building Industry AssociationMember2007 - Present
Los Angeles Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Shuette v. Beazer Homes Holdings Corp., (2005) 121 Nev. 837Favorable For my client Beazer Homes
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Publication NameTitleDate
Vol. 4 No. 1, Southwestern Law and Trade in the AmericasMaquiladoras and Women Workers: the Marginalization of Women in Mexico as a Means to Economic Development1999
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Occidental CollN/AundergraduateN/A
California Western SOLN/AlawN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
San Luis Obispo Contractors Exchange2015 Construction Law Updates2015