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MARY B. PENDLETON, selected in the field of construction
and real estate law as one of ten “Top Attorneys” in 2005 by the San
Diego Daily Transcript and as the 2007 Attorney of the Year by San Diego
Defense Lawyers, focuses her practice on counseling and advocating for
companies involved in transactional disputes.  Ms. Pendleton has
significant experience litigating in diverse areas including
professional liability, construction and real estate disputes, and
product liability. Ms. Pendleton also has extensive experience in
governmental (including inverse condemnation) and private premises
liability matters.  She has tried more than $75,000,000.00 in damages
alleged by and against some of the firm’s clients and counsels in
specific areas such as:

  • Best practices for licensed professionals

  • Contract drafting and coordinating of insurance resources for
    commercial and residential projects including mixed use/high rise
    project developments

  • Advocacy for businesses involved in real estate development, insurance/surety, security and manufacturing

  • Representation on claims of nondisclosure, cancellation of sales contracts, and easement and boundary disputes

  • Resolution of claims of wrongful hiring and poor employment practices in the construction, manufacturing and service industries

  • Defense of and related to governmental entities on claims of
    defective property conditions including defense of inverse condemnation


Ms. Pendleton has been invited to present as a writer and speaker
before many audiences including San Diego County Bar Association,
Association of General Contractors/San Diego Chapter, Defense Research
Institute, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, San Diego
Defense Lawyers, and Professional Association of Specialty Contractors


Practice areas


  1. Construction & Development: 45%
    30 years
  2. Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 30%
    30 years
  3. Governmental Liability: 10%
  4. Real Estate: 10%
    30 years
  5. Defective and Dangerous Products: 5%
    30 years

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Contact info

Ford Walker Haggerty & Behar

501 W. Broadway.
Suite 2060m
San Diego, CA, 92101


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
San Diego Super LawyerSan Diego Super Lawyer2010
San Diego Super LawyerSan Diego Super Lawyer2009
Top 25 Women Attorneys in San DiegoSan Diego Super Lawyers2008
Attorney of the YearSan Diego Defense Lawyers2007
Top San Diego LawyersSan Diego Super Lawyers2007
Top 10 Attorneys in Construction & Real Estate LawSan Diego Daily Transcript2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Southern California Defense CounselMemberN/A
California Defense CounselMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
Lawyer’s ClubMemberN/A
San Diego County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
San Diego Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Building Industry AssociationMemberN/A
Associated General Contractors of AmericaMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
California State University, San DiegoPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1979