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I was born in Montana, but spent much of my youth in Germany and Spain.  I am fluent in German and studied Law and Political Science for several years at Heidelberg University in Germany before earning my law degree at the University of San Diego.  I have traveled the world my entire life.  I achieved my black belt after four years of practicing Taekwondo, which I taught for an additional five years. I love deep-sea fishing, diving, white-water rafting, camping, and traveling with my wife and children.




Languages spoken: English, German

Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 30%
    22 years
  2. Construction: 25%
    22 years
  3. Business: 15%
    22 years
  4. Commercial Real Estate: 10%
    22 years
  5. Other: 20%
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Contact info

Klinedinst PC

501 West Broadway Suite 600
San Diego, CA, 92101

Klinedinst PC

777 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 2800
Los Angeles, CA, 90017



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyers - San DiegoSuper Lawyers2016
Super Lawyers - San DiegoSuper Lawyers2015
Super Lawyers - San DiegoSuper Lawyers2014
Super Lawyers - San DiegoSuper Lawyers2013
Super Lawyers - San DiegoSuper Lawyers2012
San Diego's Top AttorneySan Diego Metropolitan Magazine2012
Super Lawyers - San DiegoSuper Lawyers2011
San Diego's Top AttorneySan Diego Metropolitan Magazine2011
Top Attorneys 2010 Semi-FinalistThe Daily Transcript2010
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2010
Top AttorneysSan Diego Daily Transcript2009
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2008
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2007
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
Cum LaudeSan Diego State University1990
American Jurisprudence Award in Water Rights LawAmerican JurisprudenceN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Shareholder and Chief Real Estate OfficerKlinedinst PC1997 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Department of Real EstateReal Estate Broker2002 - Present
San Diego Association of RealtorsMember2002 - Present
Building Industry AssociationMember2000 - Present
Building Industry Association of San Diego CountyCommittee Member, BIA Construction Defect Resolution Committee2000 - Present
San Diego Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1996 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1994 - Present
California Building Industry AssociationMemberN/A
California Building Industry AssociationCommittee Member, Construction Defect Reform Task Force2006 - 2007
California Building Industry AssociationAlternate Director2006 - 2007
University of San Diego Appellate Moot Court BoardTreasurer1992 - 1993
Publication nameTitleDate
San Diego Daily TranscriptExpert Insights: Construction/real estate2010
San Diego Business JournalWhen Projects Go Awry, in Steps ‘CSI’ of Construction Defects2009
BIA Builder MagazineSB 800: A Step In The Right Direction; Jimenez v. The Superior Court of San Diego County: Two Steps Backward2003
The Honolulu AdvertiserLegal Showdown Looms Over Hilton Mold Tab2003
BIA Builder MagazineUp Close2002
BIA Builder MagazineLegislation on Construction Dispute Litigation2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
San Diego State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Spring 2012 USLAW Conference“It’s a Wrap!”2012
MC Consultants 17th Annual West Region Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage ConferenceIt's a WRAP! - 2011 Market Update2011
USLAW Network Client ConferenceIt Isn't Easy Being Green: Green Litigation Update2010
Panel - California Western School of LawExploring Options In Legal Speciaties2010
MC Consultants 16th Annual West Region Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage ConferenceWRAPS: An Update From the Front Lines2010
Exploring Options in Private PracticeMid- to Large-Law Firm Market Perspective2009
California Western School of LawExploring Options in Legal Specialties Panel2009
California Western School of LawExploring Options Panel2008
BIA San Diego Quarterly MeetingWRAPS: Are They All They're Cracked Up to Be?2006
8th Annual Key West SeminarHandling Construction Defect Claims, Strategies and Tactics - Developing and Managing High-Rise CD Cases2004
The Conference on the StrandPotential Economic Risks Effected by Indoor Mold Standards2003
Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA)Lawsuit Abuse in San Diego County Exposed2003
The HBC SeminarConsumer Service - The Key to Avoiding Litigation2003
Building Industry AssociationSB 800 Concerns Customer Service - The Key to Avoiding Litigation2003
UnknownTips for Effective Mediation2002
Midwest Environmental Claims Association 8th Annual ConferenceIndoor Air Quality Claims: Mold and More2000