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Susan Sparks, Of Counsel

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Susan Sparks
Additional Experience

DiCaro, Highman, D’Antony, Dillard, Fuller & Gregor in San Diego, California
During law school, was a Judicial Extern to Judge Byrne of the United States District Court

Professional Affiliations & Admissions

State Bar of California (Admitted 1992)
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California


Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA - Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, May 1992.
Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX - B.B.A., summa cum laude, 1989.
American Jurisprudence Awards for Legal Research and Writing I and II.

Of Counsel, SUSAN SPARKS joined Balestreri Potocki & Holmes in 1994, where for the next eight years she focused on construction defect defense litigation. Her clientele included developers, general contractors, specialty contractors, product manufacturers, and design professionals. Susan prepared multiple cases for trial, arbitrated and mediated cases, took and defended hundreds of depositions of parties and experts, prepared and argued numerous motions, and served as the primary handling attorney on dozens of complex construction defect cases.

After taking some time off to raise her three children, Susan re-entered the legal field as a freelance attorney.  Now Susan is a highly skilled and efficient attorney with more than 14 years litigation and general practice experience in construction defect litigation, real estate law, business law, mechanic’s liens, premises liability, products liability, professional malpractice and employment law.  She is currently Of Counsel for Balestreri Potocki & Holmes.

  • Lead attorney on numerous developer construction defect defense cases, representing a wide variation of trades, including general contractors, roofers, window manufacturers, framers, engineers, architects, graders, masons, electricians, fencing, and decking. Aggressively defended clients throughout the litigation process, while expediently negotiated satisfactory resolutions. Advised clients on business matters and risk management.
  • Clientele in the construction and business arena have included developers, general contractors, specialty contractors, product manufacturers, design professionals, and property owners.
  • Tactical decision maker and successful negotiator with a proven ability to analyze complex legal matters quickly and to strategically identify, evaluate and handle legal claims and business needs of clients. Facilitates cost-effective and amicable resolutions to disputes, while discerning the need for aggressive pursuit or defense of litigated matters when appropriate.
  • Served as a Judicial Extern to Judge William Matthew Byrne, Jr. of the United States District Court, Central Division. Researched and analyzed legal issues raised by motions before the court. Wrote bench memoranda.