Trevor B. Potter

Associate

Overview

Trevor is a litigation associate, who creatively analyzes and effectively manages complex litigation situations for his clients so they can make informed decisions and resolve disputes efficiently, whether inside or outside of the courtroom.  His litigation practice focuses on real estate disputes, construction litigation, business and commercial disputes, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, trademarks and trade secrets, negligence claims and landlord/tenant issues.

Trevor regularly represents owners, developers, contractors and lenders in large, multi-party, multi-forum construction disputes involving mechanic’s liens, stop notices, delay claims, scope of work disputes, payment and performance bond claims, warranty claims and construction defect litigation.

As the son of a successful architect, Trevor was exposed to the construction industry at a young age and uses that unique experience to help his clients successfully navigate and prevail in the complicated legal landscape of construction and development disputes.

Representative
Matters

Over the course of four years, represented international lender in multimillion dollar, multi-jurisdictional mechanic’s lien, stop notice, payment bond and lender liability litigation arising out of the development and construction of a luxury hotel in downtown San Diego, including defense of the lender in approximately 30 cases consolidated in the San Diego Superior Court, an adversary proceeding against the lender by the general contractor in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California and the successful prosecution of a breach of contract action against the borrower which resulted in a $48 million dollar summary judgment verdict for the lender.

Represented eight defendants including a major department store, a television production company and its principals, a major appliance manufacturer and a television personality in state and Federal court litigation defending against claims for trademark infringement, trademark dilution, fraud, misappropriation of ideas, conversion, and breach of contract arising out of the development and production of public television show featuring celebrity chefs. In the state court action, implemented aggressive litigation strategy in the pleading stage and obtained the dismissal of Plaintiffs’ complaint as to all defendants.

Assisted trial team in obtaining substantial verdict on behalf of individual lenders in three week jury trial involving breach of fiduciary duty claims against a loan broker and escrow holder.

Defended insurance company in highly contentious Federal court litigation in connection with $30 million dollar breach of contract and bad faith claims arising out of alleged environmental pollution in Southern California.

Defended a national home builder against the prosecution of an encroachment action and implemented an aggressive discovery strategy which illuminated the opposing party’s own misconduct in the matters alleged. This strategy led to the successful disposition of the majority of the claims against the client on summary judgment.

Represented individuals and corporate entities in the defense and prosecution of a wide variety of title insurance claims, including easement disputes, encroachments, clouds on title to real property and lender priority disputes concerning recorded deeds of trust.

Represented signature brand, luxury hotel owner in multimillion dollar construction defect lawsuit against the general contractor arising out of numerous defects, including defects in the exterior skin and waterproofing of the hotel.

Awards &
Affiliations

Awards & Affiliations

  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Orange County
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, San Diego (Leadership Development Committee, 2014)
  • San Diego Bar Association, 2009 - 2014 (Litigation and Real Property sections)
  • Orange County Bar Association, 2015 - present

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Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2009
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2005, magna cum laude