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Mr. O'Leary is a civil litigator licensed to practice law in California and Washington D.C.   Mr. O’Leary can be reached toll free at (888) 350-9080.


Construction Defect Litigation


The Burdman Law Group represents homeowner associations of all sizes, owners of individual custom built homes, condominium owners, and commercial associations with respect to construction defect matters including improper roof construction, leaking windows, plumbing and electrical problems, mold and fungal growth, stucco cracks, exterior siding and waterproofing failures, water intrusion, wall and foundation cracks, soils issues, faulty balcony construction, as well as drainage and irrigation problems.  


Fraud and Misrepresentation


The Burdman Law Group has successfully represented individual homeowners and homeowner associations in legal disputes involving allegations of fraud and misrepresentation related to new construction and remodeled single and multi-family dwellings.  Specifically, we have represented clients in disputes involving the nature and scope of construction or repairs as well as grossly misrepresented sizes of new condominium units.    


Product Defect Claims


The attorneys at Burdman Law Group represent homeowners and homeowner associations who have suffered a loss as a result of defective products, manufacturing defects, or faulty product design.  Our law firm handles cases related to defective building materials including toxic Chinese drywall, exterior siding, roofing materials, plumbing and electrical components, and other defective products which threaten your home or association.   


Mediation and Arbitration (ADR)


One of the best ways to avoid costly, time-consuming litigation is to submit your legal claims to a mediator or arbitrator prior to filing a lawsuit.  Mediation is when the disputing parties submit their arguments to a mutually agreed upon third-party neutral such as a retired judge in an attempt to negotiate a non-binding resolution.  If a resolution is impossible, the parties are free to file a lawsuit.  Arbitration also involves a mutually agreed upon third-party neutral, but in the case of arbitration, the third-party neutral has the power to issue a binding decision that cannot be appealed. While our attorneys are experienced trial lawyers, we have mediated or arbitrated hundreds of cases.  In many cases, mediation or arbitration can be more satisfying and less costly then litigation.



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Practice areas


  1. Business: 20%
    9 years
  2. Defective and Dangerous Products: 20%
    9 years
  3. Contracts & Agreements: 20%
    9 years
  4. Litigation: 20%
    9 years
  5. Construction & Development: 20%
    9 years



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  • Scott Avery Burdman

    Pieter is a very knowledgeable attorney with excellent litigation skills and is more than capable of managing a complex case from beginning to end. He has worked for me for over three years and continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to securing the best possible results for our clients. He is tough, professional and always willing to go the extra mile. Pieter is a dependable employee with a creative mind and an excellent skill set. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

Burdman & Ward

12555 High Bluff Drive
Suite 380
San Diego, CA, 92130-2095

Burdman & Ward

1215 K Street
17th Floor
Sacramento, CA, 95814

Burdman & Ward

575 Anton Blvd.
3rd Floor
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626



DCActive 200705/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Semi-Finalist (Top 25) - Real Estate/Construction LitigationSan Diego Daily Transcript2015
Top 10 San Diego Attorneys - Real Estate/Construction LitigationSan Diego Dailty Transcript2014
Outstanding MatchVIP Mentors (Volunteers In Parole)2009
Wiley W. Manuel AwardState Bar of California2005
Wiley W. Manuel AwardState Bar of California2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Immigration Justice Project - American Bar AssociationVolunteer Attorney2011 - Present
VIP Mentors (Volunteers In Parole)Volunteer Attorney2007 - 2010
District of Columbia BarAttorney Member2007 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2006 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney Member2006 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ramona Equipment Rental, Inc. v. Carolina Casualty Insurance Company, et al. (Southern District of California)Successfully resolved. Case dismissed.
U.S. v. SDG&E, et al. (Southern District of California)The jury found the firm’s client not guilty after a six-week criminal trial.
Monks v. Nguyen, et al. (Orange County Superior Court)Successfully resolved at mediation. Case dismissed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
University of New Mexico School of Law - Natural Resources JournalA Walk in the Park: A Legal Overview of California’s State and Federal Parks and the Laws Governing Their Use and Enjoyment2012
University of Denver Strum College of Law - Transportation Law JournalBullies in the Sandbox: Federal Construction Projects, the Miller Act, and a Material Supplier's Right to Recover Attorney's Fees and Other Sums Justly Due under a General Contractor's Payment Bond2011
Articles from Burdman & WardChinese Drywall in California2011
Articles from Burdman & WardDo You Have Chinese Drywall In Your Home?2011
Thomas M. Cooley Law ReviewAcross the 49th Parallel: An Historical and Comparative Overview and Analysis of Some Similarities and Differences Between the United States and Canada Relative to Juries in Criminal Trials2010
Children's Legal Rights Journal - Loyola University Chicago School of LawWhen Clean Kids Take Dirty Pictures: The Sexting Phenomena and Its Impact on American Teenagers, the Criminal Justice System, and Parental Responsibility2009
Gonzaga Journal of International LawFriendly Fire During the War on Terror: The Law, Procedure, and Likelihood of Recovery Based on the Tarnak Farms Incident2008
Human Rights and Globalization Law Review (Howard University School of Law)The Story of the Jena Six: The Interplay of History, Hate Crimes, Racial Inequality, and Legal Justice in Jena, Louisiana2007
The University of Miami Inter-American Law ReviewThe Exile of Malcolm Watson: Was This United States Citizen and Convicted Sexual Offender Really Expatriated to Canada?2007
California Western Law JournalBioterror or Avian Influenza: California, The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, and Protecting Civil Liberties During a Public Health Emergency2006
Michigan State College of Law - Journal of Medicine and LawCombating Nature’s Insurgency: Tamiflu and Vaccination in the Fight Against Avian Influenza2006
Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine (Case Western Reserve University School of Law)Cock-A-Doodle-Doo: Pandemic Avian Influenza and the Legal Preparation and Consequences of an H5N1 Influenza Outbreak2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine UniversityN/AMA - MastersN/A
Wilfrid Laurier UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
San Diego IAQA WorkshopWorking with Attorneys - Serving as an Expert Witness2012
California Real Estate Inspection Association - San Diego ChapterIs There Chinese Drywall in Your Home?2012
California Real Estate Inspection Association - Orange County ChapterIs There Chinese Drywall in Your Home?2011