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Patricia Ann Teunisse

Construction and development Attorney at San Dimas, CA

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1988
    Active No misconduct found

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About Patricia

Learn Patricia’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Construction and development
    Our firm has extensive experience in representing contractors on all types of construction law issues including contract administration and claims, mechanic's liens, stop notices, Miller Act claims and bankruptcy preference claims, We have tried, settled, arbitrated and mediated all types of construction disputes.

    34 years

  2. Appeals
    Our firm has handled numerous appeals resulting in five published decisions. We can handle your civil appeal from start to finish and we will give you an honest opinion about whether or not an appeal has any likelihood of success in your matter.

    34 years

  3. Land use and zoning

  4. Real estate

  5. Litigation
    In addition to construction related disputes our firm has handled a number of other types of business and real estate related disputes ranging from easement and property rights disputes to corporate dissolution. We have handled creditor's rights issues in the bankruptcy court and lawsuits in federal courts involving business disputes.

    34 years

Although our practice specializes in representing contractors, I have been an active trial attorney throughout my twenty plus years of practice.  I have taken over twenty cases to a jury verdict..  I have had numerous bench trials.  I also have had an active appellate practice with three published cases (see below) in varied areas of practice.  I have obtained two, million dollar verdicts for clients.  I also speak Dutch fluently, was born in the Netherlands and also speak some Spanish and German, not fluently but passably.  My husband and I practice together in a small office setting.


Professional Activities: 


President, Western San Bernardino County Bar Association, 1993, California State Bar Conference of Delegates, Chair, Calendar Coordinating Committee, Chair Resolutions Committee, Vice-Chair, Executive Committee, Member, American Bar Association

Published Cases: 


WSS Industrial, Inc. v Great West Contractors, Inc.  (California Contractor's License Law  Decision); 162 581, 76 8 (2008)


Knupfer v Lindblade (In re Thomas Dyer) (Creditor's Right to Repayment of Purchase Money for Home) 322 F. 3d 1178 (9th Cir. 2003)


In re Marriage of Biallas (move away custody case); 65 Cal. 755, 76 Cal. Rptr. 2d 717(4th Dist. 1998)

Contact Patricia

Pitre & Teunisse, Inc.
P O Box 186
San Dimas, CA, 91773-0186


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Posted by Steve T. | July 8, 2015
Patricia Teunisse was amazing. She returned my call promptly, patiently listened to everything I had to say, and didn't rush me one single bit. I spoke with three attorneys today regarding my real estate matter, and she was by far the most knowledgeable and well versed. She spoke with me over the phone for a long time, and turned down my offer to pay her for her time. I would have went down to her practice and paid her a retainer had she advised that, but she told me that I didn't need to at this point. She's sharp, patient, amazingly well versed on real estate and law, and very empathetic. I will be using her when I need representation, guaranteed.
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Posted by Richard | February 12, 2015
Honest and Caring Legal Service
Hi, I am a Public Works General Contractor in the Orange County area for over 20 years. I was introduced to Patricia Teunisse and Randy Pitre of Pitre & Teunisse in 1998. Our meeting with Patricia and Randy went very well and they have handled all of our legal matters ever since. As a general contractor you don't include money in your bids or nor do you have a budget for legal matters. The best course of action for our business is to stay out of the court room. Patricia and Randy understand this and always guide us to the minimum cost with a legal matter but at the same time protect us from Harms way. Many of our legal matters have to do with a Subcontractor or a Public Entity. Patricia and Randy are extremely well educated in all areas of the law in Public Works, Public Contract Law, Public Codes, CSLB laws and many other areas of our industry. Patricia and Randy understand the needs of a general contractor in that, our focus is on completing the project for our client, when a legal item comes up, Patricia and Randy educate and advise us of all aspects of the legal matter. This has always helped us to make a smart decision to minimize cost and exposure to our company. Patricia and Randy care about the outcome of our legal matters, they are not just about billing a client like so many lawyers are.... They want to minimize legal cost and protect their client! For me, that's what I appreciate the most about Patricia and Randy. They Genuinely care about their client! I would definitely recommend Patricia and Randy to anyone who needs legal advise.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Pitre & Teunisse, Inc.
  • 1993 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Covington & Crowe
  • 1988 - 1993


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • University of Southern California
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1988
  • University of Southern California
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Legal Cases

  • In re Modtech Holdings, Inc.; Stahl v Whelan Electric, Inc.
  • Defense
  • Great West Contractors, Inc. v Irvine Unified School District
  • reversed on appeal; published
  • Great West Contractors, Inc. adv WSS Industrial, Inc.
  • Reversal on appeal, published decision
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  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Western San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • President
  • 1993 - 1994
  • State Bar of California
  • Vice-Chair, Conference of Delegates, Ex. Comm
  • 1990 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Dutch

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (5)
Endorse Patricia
Business Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patricia has an excellent reputation in our legal community with both attorneys and judges alike. Attorneys I know trust her with their own cases and she is a delight personally."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Pat for a number of years. Several years ago I had the pleasure of working with her on a case that gave us an opportunity to flex our litigation muscles. Pat was able to obtain quick and favorable results for her client in that matter. I find Pat to be a very competent and highly skilled litigator and would highly recommend her to anyone in search of a good litigator."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patricia Teunisse demonstrates extensive knowledge and experience in a wide variety of legal matters, particularly with regard to construction, real estate, and business litigation. Her responses on Avvo are remarkably thoughtful, articulate and accurate. I have tremendous respect for her sound legal knowledge and ability to communicate that knowledge. She is a true asset to our legal community. It is my pleasure to endorse her."
Construction and development Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked as opposing counsel with Pat on a legal separation matter involving a paving company. Although divorce isn't her main area of practice she was very knowledgeable and able to merge her expertise in Construction and corporate law with the family law matter very well and to the benefit of the entire case."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Construction and development Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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