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Joseph P. Potocki, Shareholder

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Joseph P. Potocki
Practice Areas

Business Formation
Business Litigation
Construction Law
Professional Liability
Personal Injury Litigation
Insurance Law
Products Liability

Professional Awards & Honors

Top 25 Attorneys in Construction & Real Estate Law, San Diego Daily Transcript, 2005

Top San Diego Lawyers, Construction, San Diego Super Lawyers 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018

Employment History

Newell, Balestreri & Dorigan
Balestreri, Pendleton & Potocki
Balestreri Potocki & Holmes

Professional Affiliations & Admissions

Member, Building Industry Association
Member, Associated General Contractors of America, San Diego Chapter
Past Arbitrator, Better Business Bureau
Past Arbitrator, City of Del Mar
Member, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
Member, Defense Research Institute
Member, San Diego County Bar Association
Past Director/Current Member, San Diego Defense Lawyers


California Western School of Law (J.D., 1987)
University of California at Irvine (B.A., Social Ecology, 1983)

JOSEPH P. POTOCKI’s practice concentrates on litigation, transactional matters and construction contract drafting and negotiation for the firm’s clientele. He was recognized as one of the Top 25 Attorneys in construction and real estate law in 2005 by the San Diego Daily Transcript. Mr. Potocki’s extensive litigation experience involves high-value disputes relating to real estate, business, construction defects, personal injury, mechanic’s liens, Miller Act and delay, acceleration and inefficiency claims.

In the construction arena, Mr. Potocki represents national developers, property owners, specialty contractors, design professionals and product manufacturers. He also counsels clients on insurance matters and risk management, as well as business formation and transactions. Complemented by a willingness to aggressively defend or prosecute a case through trial, Mr. Potocki swiftly comprehends and supports an amicable and cost-efficient resolution for the firm’s clients.  In the high-stakes arena, Joe’s clients have been guided through:

  • Handling of complex claims including $100-million claim pursued by our client general contractor on construction of world class 5-Star resorts
  • Recovery of millions of dollars for property damage due to slope retaining wall failure as against an international retailer
  • Representation of national builder on explosion in international hotel while under construction
  • Recovered delay damages and attorney fees in partnership dispute between construction companies on cutting-edge construction methods/intellectual property rights
  • Representation through OSHA involvement and litigation for renowned general contractor for alleged injuries sustained on large construction site