Irvine, CA 92618
Mary A. Salamone is a partner in the firm's Irvine office. Ms. Salamone has dedicated her nearly three-decade career exclusively to the area of construction law and has acquired an in-depth knowledge regarding all aspects of construction projects and disputes. Her practice encompasses a wide array of construction industry matters such as alternative project delivery methods, competitive bidding, contract drafting, project management and contract administration, scheduling and delay issues, change orders, cost overruns, mechanics lien, stop payment notice and bond rights, risk management, and claims resolution. Ms. Salamone has handled multi-million dollar disputes on high profile, complex construction projects and achieved favorable settlements and judgments on behalf of her clients.
Ms. Salamone has been retained by various counties, municipalities and other governmental agencies to assist in their construction-related disputes and in the development of their contract documents. These governmental entities include the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, the Cities of Burbank, Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena, and Reno (Nevada), the Counties of Sonoma and San Bernardino, San Bernardino Associated Governments and Santa Barbara County Association of Governments.
She has also represented some of the largest contractors and designers, both in California and nationally, in claims arising from major construction projects, including the John Wayne Airport, Metro Red Line Rail Stations, Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Plant, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Convention Hotel and Residences at LA Live. Her understanding of these disputes from the perspective of both the owner and the contractor uniquely enables her to reach cost-effective and sensible resolutions.
Some of Ms. Salamone's more notable engagements are a $2-billion earthen dam (7th largest in the world) now known as the Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet, California; the Alameda Corridor below-grade, freight rail system running from the Ports of Long Beach/Los Angeles to downtown Los Angeles; the Pacific Pipeline, which is a 128-mile buried crude oil pipeline running between Kern and Los Angeles Counties; the $500-million state-of-the-art University of Phoenix Stadium for the Arizona Cardinals; the expansion of State Route 71 in Chino Hills, State Route 210 in San Bernardino, and State Route 1/101 in Santa Barbara; the $2-billion Aladdin Hotel and Casino and Desert Passage Retail Mall (now known as Planet Hollywood); and the $1.8-billion Middle Harbor Redevelopment at the Port of Long Beach.
Ms. Salamone graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Relations. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honorary academic fraternity and was elected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Ms. Salamone earned her Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York. During law school, Ms. Salamone served as a Moot Court participant and judge.
Awards and Honors
AV® Preeminent™ rating with LexisNexis/Martindale Hubbell
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society limited to top .5% of trial lawyers
Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America, an invitation-only international honorary society for attorneys with a proven record of excellence and accomplishment in construction law
Ms. Salamone has been repeatedly recognized by Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the field of Construction Law.
Memberships and Affiliations
Ms. Salamone is committed to the construction community and is a member of its various trade organizations including the Construction Management Association of America, Associated Builders and Contractors of California, Western Council of Construction Consumers, National Association of Women in Construction, and California Special Districts Association. She sits on the Legal Advisory Subcommittee for the Associated General Contractors and is a member of the Orange County Business Council. Ms. Salamone also serves as a neutral on the Large and Complex Case Panel of the American Arbitration Association for construction disputes. In addition, she is a member of the State bars of California, Nevada and Virginia, the American Bar Association, as well as the Los Angeles, Orange County, and Clark County (Nevada) Bar Associations.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Ms. Salamone is a popular speaker for various construction associations and educational institutions, including Lorman Education Services, CMAA, WPL Publishing Company, Inc., Continuing Education of the Bar, the American Bar Association, Loyola Law School, Associated General Contractors, Western Council of Construction Consumers, Turner School of Construction Management, Engineering Contractors’ Association, Construction Industry Superconference, County Counsels’ Association of California, Coalition for Adequate School Housing, and California Special Districts Association.
Ms. Salamone has also authored a number of articles, including more recently the following: