Simpson Delmore Greene LLP

Simpson Delmore Greene LLP

Simpson Delmore Greene LLP represents small and medium sized businesses, property owners, and individuals throughout San Diego, Riverside, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties.

Firm Overview

Our clients range from startups to Fortune 500 companies and represent a broad spectrum of industries and areas of practice.

At Simpson Delmore Greene LLP, our goal is to take the mystery out of legal services. Our clients tell us what they need and where they want to take their businesses. We then quickly identify the risks, provide the options, and construct solutions to help them make better decisions. Whether it is structuring a deal, managing employee issues, protecting intellectual property, or resolving a dispute in court, we are committed to satisfying our clients every step of the way. We believe that creative professionals providing practical advice and efficient solutions is the combination that leads to the best results for our clients.

Simpson Delmore Greene LLP is dedicated to providing exceptional representation for each client. Contact the firm today for an initial consultation regarding your case.
Main Office

Main Office
600 West Broadway, Suite 400
One America Plaza
San Diego  CA  92101

Phone
  • 619-515-1194
Real Estate
The State of California is unparalleled in the breadth and depth of its land use and real estate law, and we help our clients work through their real estate issues efficiently and successfully.
Our practice group has represented landowners, real estate professionals, manufacturers, and developers on a wide variety of real estate and land use concerns, including environmental regulations, assessments and filings, contractual issues and transactions, settlement planning and alternative dispute resolution, and development. Our representation encompasses disclosure, land use and zoning, construction disputes and accidents, writ of mandate proceedings, quiet title actions, and trespass nuisance claims.

John A. Simpson

Partner

John A. Simpson possesses nearly 25 years of legal experience and his legal experience includes trials of real estate class actions, real estate fraud, insurance coverage, professional liability, real estate transactions, personal injury claims, professional negligence claims, and the defense of construction actions including representation of developers, general contractors and subcontractors. Mr. Simpson is also experienced in insurance coverage disputes related to the construction practice and industry. His depth of knowledge and legal expertise has earned him an excellent reputation in the Southern California legal community, and his peers have awarded him Martindale-Hubbell's prestigious "AV Rating," which signifies preeminent levels of legal ability and ethical standards.

Mr. Simpson was born in Pasadena, California, and was admitted to the California Bar in 1986. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University and his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association, and Association of Southern California Defense Counsel.

After graduating from law school, Simpson spent several years with Edwards, White & Sooy before founding Simpson Delmore Greene LLP with partners Paul J. Delmore and Terence L. Greene. Together, they have developed a practice combining their specialties into a firm providing an array of legal services to individuals, the business community, and the construction and insurance industries.

Mr. Simpson focuses in legal consultation and litigation, and he has acted as mediator, arbitrator, Judge pro tem, and expert witness. He has tried more than 50 cases to verdict from Contra Costa County to the San Diego County Superior Court's southern outpost in Chula Vista. He has mediated and arbitrated hundreds of disputes throughout the state with a high degree of success for his varied clients. Mr. Simpson's noteworthy successful results include several multi-million dollar real estate fraud claims against a local realtor; the defense of a 175 home construction defect trial against a San Diego-based development company; defense verdicts in several personal injury matters against Southern California's largest pool builders; a defense verdict for a Santa Barbara soils engineer in a professional liability matter; and several lawsuits involving injuries arising from construction sites and auto accidents.

As is the case with the overwhelming majority of lawsuits, most are resolved through settlement, and Mr. Simpson has had a high degree of success in garnering successful results for his clients by informally resolving their disputes. From high profile wrongful death matters to the smallest contract dispute, his clients have benefited from his expertise and his approach to handling each matter, which is tailored to fit the circumstances of the dispute and the needs of each client.

Bar Admissions
-California, 1986

Education
-J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
-B.A., San Diego State University

Memberships
-San Diego County Bar Association
-Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
Education
  • University of San Diego School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Paul J. Delmore

Managing Partner

Paul J. Delmore is the managing partner of Simpson Delmore Greene LLP. Mr. Delmore has over 20 years of civil litigation experience focused on complex business disputes, which include the defense of construction actions on behalf of developers, general contractors and subcontractors. Additionally, Mr. Delmore is well-versed in insurance coverage disputes relating to construction litigation. He also has a high degree of expertise in the defense of securities broker-dealers and other financial professionals in FINRA arbitration matters and state and federal court actions.

Mr. Delmore represents a number of businesses in the hospitality industry. The firm provides support to its hospitality clients with respect to the defense of litigation that may arise involving the business or its premises, negotiation of leases at the properties, representation in the purchase or sale of hospitality businesses and negotiations on behalf of its clients before the Alcohol & Beverage Control Board of California ("ABC"). The firm is a member of the San Diego Food & Beverage Association. In addition to the hospitality industry, Mr. Delmore advises and represents businesses with respect to entity formation, purchase, sale or mergers, and any corporate transactions, including real property related business issues.

Mr. Delmore was born in Rochester, New York and was admitted to the California Bar in 1988. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the State University of New York, at Oswego in 1978. He was awarded the J.D. degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law, cum laude, in 1988. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the San Diego County Bar Association. Initially, Mr. Delmore worked as an associate attorney at the law firm of Dorazio, Barnhorst & Bonar and was an associate attorney and partner at Edwards, White & Sooy. Mr. Delmore is a founding partner in Simpson Delmore Greene LLP along with John A. Simpson and Terence L. Greene. The firm combines their specialties and provides legal services to the business community, the hospitality industry, and the construction and insurance industries.

Mr. Delmore has a high degree of experience in alternative dispute resolution and the mediation process. Currently, nearly all litigation is placed by the courts in some manner of alternative dispute resolution, and Mr. Delmore has achieved notable success for his clients in reaching cost-effective results by resolving their cases prior to trial.

Bar Admissions
-California, 1988

Education
-J.D., cum laude, University of San Diego School of Law, 1988
-B.A., State University of New York, at Oswego, 1978

Memberships
-California State Bar Association
-San Diego County Bar Association
-Food & Beverage Association of San Diego
Education
  • University of San Diego School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1988

Terence L. Greene

Partner

Terence L. Greene has over 20 years of legal experience with a focus on employment matters and business litigation. Mr. Greene has earned an excellent reputation in the Southern California legal community, including Martindale-Hubbell's prestigious "AV Rating," which signifies preeminent levels of legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Greene has been recognized by San Diego Magazine in 2010, 2011, and 2012 as one of San Diego's top employment attorneys.

Mr. Greene was born in San Mateo, California and was admitted to the California Bar in 1988. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1984 from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a three year letterman in baseball and the team's captain his senior year. Mr. Greene received his law degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law in 1988 where he was a member of the school's Law Review. He is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association Employment Section and the Industrial Relations Research Association, among other professional groups. Mr. Greene is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California, and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California.

Mr. Greene represents several of California's largest pest control operators and property maintenance companies, among other various sized companies in virtually all industries. He has successfully tried to verdict throughout California numerous employment matters, including sexual harassment, retaliation, gender discrimination, defamation, and wrongful termination claims. In addition, Mr. Greene has defeated numerous class certification motions in wage and hour matters.

Bar Admissions
-California, 1988

Courts
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
-U.S. District Court, Central District of California
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
-U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Education
-J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 1988
-B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1984

Memberships
-San Diego County Bar Association
-Industrial Relations Research Association
Education
  • University of San Diego School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1988

Daniel W. Towson

Partner

Daniel W. Towson's nearly 19 years of practice has been devoted to civil litigation, including business litigation, defense of class actions, toxic tort/mold litigation, personal injury matters, defense of developers in construction actions, and the representation of pest inspection professionals and realtors.

Mr. Towson has litigated and tried complex cases throughout the State of California as far north as San Francisco, including wrongful death actions, landlord-tenant disputes, product liability cases, professional negligence, insurance bad faith claims and real estate disputes, and he has earned Martindale-Hubbell's prestigious "AV Rating," which signifies a preeminent level of legal ability and ethical standards..

Mr. Towson received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Davis in 1988, and his law degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law, cum laude, in 1992. Mr. Towson was admitted to the California Bar in 1992 and is admitted to practice in all courts in the State of California, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Central, and Northern District of California, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Towson joined Simpson Delmore Greene LLP in 1998, after previously practicing with the law firms of Duckor & Spradling and Greco & Traficante. He is an active member of the San Diego County Bar Association, a former member of the State Bar of California Committee on Administration of Justice, and a Master with The Honorable William B. Enright American Inn of Court.

Mr. Towson also maintains an active appellate practice. His recent published decisions include: People v. Alistar Insurance Co. (2004) 115 Cal.App.4th 122; Ulloa v. McMillin Real Estate & Mortgage, Inc. (2007) 149 Cal.App.4th 333; and Formet v. Lloyd Termite Control Co. (2010) 185 Cal.App.4th 595.

Bar Admissions
-California, 1992

Courts
-U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
-U.S. District Court, Central District of California
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
-United States Supreme Court

Education
-J.D., cum laude, University of San Diego School of Law, 1992
-B.S., University of California, Davis, 1988

Memberships
-San Diego County Bar Association
-Master, The Honorable William B. Enright American Inn of Court
Education
  • University of San Diego School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1992

Leslie A. Braun

Partner

Leslie A. Braun's practice includes the defense of complex construction actions, including the representation of developers and general contractors, with a focus on additional insured insurance coverage. Ms. Braun's fourteen years of practice has also included matters involving discrimination, sexual harassment; employment disputes, business torts, contract disputes, defamation, fraud, juvenile delinquency and family law.

Ms. Braun's depth of knowledge and legal expertise has been recognized by the State of California as a Temporary Judge 2007 - 2009, American Biological Institute Woman of the Year 2007 - 2009, The Global Directory of Who's Who - Lifetime Member, American Biological Institute President's Citation 2007, Strathmore's Directory of Who's Who, and America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals 2004 - 2005.

Ms. Braun was born and raised in Southern California and was admitted to the California Bar in June of 1996. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Western State University and her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Ms. Braun is a member of the State Bar of California, the State Bar of California Insurance Bad Faith and Family Law Sections, the San Diego County Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Association Family Law Section and Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, International.

After law school Ms. Braun practiced employment law with Employment Mediation & Litigation Services and Joe B. Cordileone & Associates. Ms. Braun brought her experience and knowledge to Simpson Delmore Greene LLP in 2001 and has continued to expand her practice in complex construction actions. Since 2007, she has been serving as a Judge Pro Tem in civil litigation and family law. Since January of 2010, she has also been serving as a Judge Pro Tem in California's Pilot Program in Civil Collections in downtown, San Diego. Ms. Braun's litigation experience and participation in these programs has given her the tools to successfully resolve over a hundred cases through settlement negotiations, mediation and arbitration throughout the State of California.

Bar Admissions
-California, 1996

Education
-J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law
-B.A., Western State University

Memberships
-California State Bar Association - Insurance bad faith and family law sections
-San Diego County Bar Association - Insurance bad faith and family law sections
-Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, International
Education
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Rebecca M. Lillig

Associate

Rebecca M. Lillig specializes in complex construction litigation, including the defense of homebuilders, developers, general contractors, and subcontractors. She regularly achieves favorable results for her clients, including often settling multi-party matters at no net-loss to her clients. Much of Ms. Lillig's work has been on behalf of one of Southern California's premiere residential developers.

Ms. Lillig's construction litigation experience has provided her with a wealth of knowledge and expertise not only in the areas of residential construction and development, but also in all aspects of construction, including effective tools for risk management. In 2010, Ms. Lillig was a guest speaker at The California Geotechnical Engineering Association's annual Loss Prevention Seminar, where her presentation to owners, managers and field technicians focused on tips and tools that can be used for the prevention and reduction of future construction defect liability.

Ms. Lillig received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, magna cum laude, in 2000, from Pepperdine University. She received her law degree from the University of San Francisco, School of Law, and was admitted to the California Bar in 2005. While in law school, Ms. Lillig received the CALI award for excellence in her labor law studies, and the Moot Court Best Brief Award. She was also an Advocate of the Year Quarterfinalist, a Merit Scholarship Recipient, and was a board member and Articles Editor for USF's Law Review.

Ms. Lillig is also an avid sports enthusiast. Prior to joining Simpson Delmore Greene LLP, she interned with the legal department for The Oakland Raiders where she analyzed and drafted sponsorship and corporate agreements, and handled issues related to the National Football League's collective bargaining agreement.

Bar Admissions
-California, 2005

Education
-J.D., University of San Francisco, School of Law, 2008
-B.A., Pepperdine University, 2000

Presentations
-"Limiting Future Defect Liability," California Geotechnical Engineering
-Association's Loss Prevention Seminar, 2010

Memberships
-American Bar Association
-San Diego County Bar Association
-American Inns of Court, Louis M. Welsh Chapter
-San Diego County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division

Community Involvement
-Coach and Volunteer, San Diego County Special Olympics
-Tutor, Camp David Gonzalez Camp for Juvenile Detainees
Education
  • University of San Francisco, School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2008

Elizabeth A. Donovan

Associate

Elizabeth A. Donovan's practice consists primarily of complex civil litigation with an emphasis in business and commercial disputes. Mrs. Donovan also advises her clients on business transaction matters such as entity selection and formation, corporate governance, commercial lease agreements, the procurement of trademarks and copyrights, licensing, and other business contracts. Mrs. Donovan also has experience in the defense of insurance litigation, construction actions, personal injury matters, and other general civil litigation.

Mrs. Donovan was admitted to the California Bar in 2001. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1998, and her law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, in 2001. While in law school, she was awarded the Henry Yuen fellowship for Internet law and Technology. Mrs. Donovan is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association, and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

Some of Mrs. Donovan's noteworthy matters include successfully defeating an anti-SLAPP motion on the grounds that the speech at issue was commercial speech; representing multiple pest-control operators in the procurement of product registration with the State of California, Department of Pesticide Registration; assisting a San Diego-based company with the acquisition and expansion of restaurant in Del Mar; and handling general matters for a San Diego company that manufactures homeopathic remedies.

Bar Admissions
-California, 2001

Education
-J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 2001
-B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1998

Memberships
-San Diego County Bar Association
-Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Community Involvement
-Volunteer, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Downtown San Diego
Education
  • Loyola Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2001

Grace Gower

Grace Gower's practice involves general civil litigation with a particular emphasis on the defense of construction actions, including representation of developers, general contractors, and subcontractors. Ms. Gower also has experience in defending other tort actions such as personal injury at construction sites, motor vehicle actions, and premises liability. She has also prosecuted select actions on behalf of homeowners in property damage disputes and quiet title actions.

Grace Gower received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2004 from University of California, San Diego. She earned her law degree on scholarship from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2010. She enjoys staying active in the legal community. She is a member of the Louis M. Welsh Inn of Court and participates in judging local law school moot court competitions. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys spending time with her family.

Bar Admissions
-California, 2010

Education
-J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 2010
-B.A., University of California, San Diego, 2004

Memberships
-American Bar Association
-San Diego County Bar Association
-San Diego County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
-Louis M. Welsh Inn of Court
Education
  • University of San Diego School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2010

Sandra F. Taylor

Associate

Sandra Taylor's practice includes business litigation, the defense of class actions, the defense of complex construction actions, including representation of developers, general contractors, and subcontractors, estate planning, and personal injury matters.

Mrs. Taylor was born in Poway, California. She received her law degree from California Western School of Law and was admitted to the California Bar in 2003. Prior to law school, Mrs. Taylor received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Utah State University where she participated in varsity softball, and was awarded the NCAA Division I Big West Player of the Year in 2000.

Prior to joining Simpson Delmore Greene LLP, Mrs. Taylor was the managing attorney for the San Diego office of Carrick & Conrad, LLP where she practiced estate planning and complex construction defense. Mrs. Taylor brought her experience and knowledge to Simpson Delmore Greene LLP in 2008, and has continued to expand her practice to include mechanics lien enforcement, and the defense of pest control operators.

Mrs. Taylor recently prevailed in a landmark case for all pest control operators, Formet v. Lloyd Termite Control Co., (2010) 185 Cal.App.4th 595, wherein the California Court of Appeal ruled the scope of a pest control inspector's potential liability for an inspection or report did not extend beyond those who contracted for the inspection.

Bar Admissions
-California, 2003

Education
-J.D., California Western School of Law, 2003
-B.S., Utah State University, 2000

Memberships
-San Diego County Bar Association
-San Diego County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
Education
  • California Western School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2003

Carla W. Sanderson

Carla Sanderson's practice focuses on general civil litigation, including construction, business, and employment related matters.

Mrs. Sanderson was admitted to the California Bar in 2012. In 2005, she received her Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University in Quebec, Canada, with an emphasis in marketing and international business. In 2009, Mrs. Sanderson moved to San Diego where she attended California Western School of Law and graduated cum laude in 2012. While in law school, Mrs. Sanderson participated in the American Association for Justice mock trial competition and was a student member of the Hon. J. Clifford Wallace American Inn of Court.

Mrs. Sanderson is an active member of Lawyers Club and since 2011 she has co-chaired the Student Committee of Lawyers Club. Mrs. Sanderson is also a member of the State Bar of California and the San Diego County Bar Association.

Bar Admissions
-California, 2012

Education
-J.D., California Western School of Law, San Diego, 2012
-B.C., McGill University, Quebec , Canada 2005

Memberships
-San Diego County Bar Association
-Lawyers Club
Education
  • California Western School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2012

Natasha M. Wu

Associate

Natasha Wu's practice focuses on general civil litigation with an emphasis in insurance defense and the defense of personal injury and construction actions.

Ms. Wu graduated University of California, San Diego in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies-Political Science and a minor in Law and Society. While at UCSD, Ms. Wu participated in study abroad and internship programs in Shanghai, China and Washington, D.C.

Ms. Wu earned her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2012, where she was a National Team competitor and Executive Board member for the USD Appellate Moot Court Board and an Articles Editor for the San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law. While in law school, Ms. Wu received moot court best brief and oralist awards, which earned her a place to compete in the National Philip C. Jessup International Law and the SIU Health Law Moot Court Competitions. She also served as a learning assistant in Civil Procedure I and II for Professor Walter Heiser.

Prior to joining Simpson Delmore Greene, Ms. Wu was a 2010 Diversity Fellow for the San Diego County Bar Association and a certified law student for the Ninth Circuit Court Pro Bono Appellate Clinic, where she successfully represented her client before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Board of Immigration Appeals, resulting in her client's release from federal custody.

Bar Admissions:
-California, 2012

Education:
-J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 2012
-B.A., University of California, San Diego, 2008

Memberships:
-American Bar Association
-San Diego County Bar Association
Education
  • University of San Diego School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2012

Brook T. Barnes

Associate Attorney

Mr. Barnes' practice focuses on general civil litigation with an emphasis in business litigation and employment law.

Mr. Barnes represented employees and employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation including class actions, wage deductions, failure to pay wages, payment of overtime, meal and rest breaks, misclassification of employees, inaccurate wage statements, commission calculations, wrongful termination, and retaliatory employment actions in both federal and state court as well as administrative agencies. Mr. Barnes also prosecuted and defended a variety of consumer fraud claims.

Mr. Barnes works with small businesses to provide effective counsel on business and employment law issues, including human-resource policies, employee handbooks, employment agreements, federal and state wage-and-hour compliance, business formation and dissolution. Mr. Barnes works with clients in diverse industries, including real estate, hospitality, law enforcement, financial services, commercial services, veterinary services, and commercial fishing. Mr. Barnes also has experience representing licensees in front of the Office of Administrative Hearings for the State of California.

Mr. Barnes was admitted to the California Bar in June of 2011. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in 2003, his Master of Arts degree from Sam Houston State University in 2005, and his law degree from California Western School of Law in December of 2010. While in law school, Mr. Barnes worked with the California Innocence Project and competed as a member of California Western School of Law's Appellate Team. Mr. Barnes is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association, and the North County Bar Association.

Education
-J.D., California Western School of Law, 2010
-M.A., Sam Houston State University 2005
-B.S., Texas A&M University 2003

Admissions
-California State Bar
-U.S. District Court - Southern District of California
-U.S. District Court - Central District of California

Memberships
-American Bar Association
-San Diego County Bar Association
-North County Bar Association
Education
  • California Western School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2010

Christopher C. Taylor

Associate

Christopher Taylor received his B.A. in History from Emory University and his J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. While in law school, Mr. Taylor was a business law scholar. After graduation, Mr. Taylor clerked for the Hon. Deborah A. Agosti of the Nevada District Court. Since moving to San Diego, Mr. Taylor has focused his practice primarily on business and employment law, with an emphasis on transactional and litigation matters.

Mr. Taylor represents businesses in general transactional matters, including purchases, sales, mergers, corporate governance and the negotiation/drafting of contracts, commercial leases, and related agreements. He also represents employers on wage and hour and other compensation issues, hiring and termination, harassment and discrimination, leaves of absence and general management matters, including the development of workplace policies, employee handbooks, and a wide range of employment agreements. Mr. Taylor represents companies throughout California in a wide variety of business, employment, real estate and construction-related actions, including those in state and federal court and administrative agencies.

Mr. Taylor is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of California and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and he is a member of the Oregon State Bar Association, the California State Bar Association. Mr. Taylor is an avid cyclist and outside of the office, he enjoys time with his wife and daughter.
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