2000 U Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
Phone: (916) 451-3426
Fax: (916) 451-0371

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Law Office of Justin Tierney
(1993-Present)
Sacramento, California

Principal of civil litigation defense practice focusing on personal injury and property defense, construction defect and mold defense, public entity defense, premise and product liability and insurance defense in Federal and California courts. Sacramento and El Dorado Superior Court settlement judge pro tem. Judicial arbitrator in Sacramento, Yolo and Solano counties. Early Neutral Evaluator for Federal District Court, Eastern District of California.

Mason and Thomas
(1987-1993)
Sacramento, California

Employed by insurance defense firm. Specialized in construction defect, public entity defense, motor vehicle accidents, and complex litigation involving environmental and construction law.

Law Office of James S. Reed
(1984-1986)
Sacramento, California

During law school, employed as law clerk for personal injury, contract and business transaction law.

California Energy Commission
(1979-1982)
Geothermal Energy Specialist

Before attending law school, responsible for a statewide marketing strategy to develop an alternative energy technology (direct use of geothermal energy). Educated and assisted businesses, investors, engineers and local government entities toward developing specific applications of the technology. Also, responsible for coordinating NEPA/CEQA (EIS/EIR) review for the Commission. Published reports included a guide to small scale electric geothermal development and wind development EIR.

EDUCATION

McGeorge School of Law
(1982-1986)
Sacramento, California
Juris Doctor

A practical legal education emphasizing insurance, property and contract law, civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

University of California, at Davis
(1974-1978)
Bachelor of Science, "Biological Ecology"

Created an individual, interdisciplinary major that included bio-chemistry, ecology, life sciences, genetics, advanced mathematics, human development and earth sciences.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Member: State Bar of California; Northern, Eastern and Central U.S. District Courts of California, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Continuing Legal Education Instructor: Strategies for Conducting Successful Contractual Arbitration (CEB); Handling Complex Civil Litigation (CCLSA); Construction Defects and Mold Litigation (Lorman) and Advanced Deposition Tactics (NBI). Guest lecturer at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Professional Affiliations: Sacramento Risk Management Forum (Past President), Member of Sacramento County Bar Association, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, and Federal Bar Association.

RELEVANT LEGAL PUBLICATIONS

“Construction Defect and Mold Litigation” Solving Water Intrusion and Mold Problems in California (Lorman: 2002/2003)

"California Home Builders' Market: Analysis of Construction Defect and Mold Litigation" (For Munich Re, Zurich, Switzerland - May, 2004)

“Defending Your Expert’s Testimony” Advanced Expert Witness Deposition Tactics (NBI: January 2009)

“Construction Defect and Mold Litigation” Advances in Environmental Mold Issues in California (Lorman: 2003)