Irvine, CA 92618
Marian Selvaggio has practiced law for 15 years, focusing on construction law. She has experience representing construction companies in all aspects of compliance and litigation, including advising in perfecting contractual positions, resolving disputes during all phases in the start-up and performance of major public and private construction projects and providing labor and employment advice. She has extensive experience representing clients in state and federal courts, including the Court of Federal Claims, in private arbitrations and before administrative boards on matters involving: bid protests and other procurement and project delivery disputes; construction claims and requests for equitable adjustment; construction defects; subcontractor substitutions; lien, stop notice and bond remedies; insurance claims; and other matters of statutory and regulatory compliance. Ms. Selvaggio has developed an expertise in “false claims” litigation and has been the architect of numerous successful defense strategies in California and Federal False Claims Act cases, challenging the government’s theories of falsity.
Ms. Selvaggio is committed to green building design, construction, and operations, as evidenced by her LEED Green Associate credential. Ms. Selvaggio was also the architect of an initiative directed at networking women in the construction industry and was recognized for her efforts as a “Woman Making a Difference” by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Ms. Selvaggio earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in social science from the University of California, Irvine and her Paralegal Certificate in Litigation from the University of California, Los Angeles.
She earned her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, where she graduated cum laude and Order of the Coif (top 10 percent of the class). In law school, Ms. Selvaggio was a Henry C. Yuen Scholar in Law and Technology, an editor of the International and Comparative Law Review and a member of the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot, an international moot court competition, which competed in Vienna, Austria.
Awards and Recognitions
2013 Women Build America Award, Women Construction Owners & Executives
2012 Women Making a Difference Honoree, Los Angeles Business Journal
2011-2016 Pasadena Top Attorney, sponsored by Pasadena Magazine
St. Thomas More Law Honor Society
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Ms. Selvaggio is the co-author of Smart Girls’ Guide to Construction Law, a practical tool for construction professionals.
Ms. Selvaggio leads seminars and gives presentations at conferences and other events, such as: