Mark Mazzarella

Mark Mazzarella

Co-Founder and Senior Partner since 1991
San Diego, California

Mark Mazzarella has tried more than 85 cases, the majority to conclusion before juries in both the state and federal courts. Some of his more notable results are: 

  • He represented the Peregrine Litigation Trust locally in an action brought against various officers and directors of the company for "insider trading," which settled in 2005 for $123,367,000, the most ever paid in an insider trading case.
  • In 2015 he represented Ady Gil, a prominent Los Angeles-based animal rights advocate, who purchased and donated the open ocean racing vessel Earthrace, (renamed The Ady Gil), which holds the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for use in its campaigns to stop Japanese whaling in the southern ocean as featured in the television show "Whale Wars." While off the coast of Antarctica The Ady Gil was rammed by one of the Japanese whaling fleet's security vessels and sunk. Mr. Gil sued Sea Shepherd when he learned the Ady Gil had been salvageable; but Sea Shepherd management decided to scuttle it because they thought that would result in greater publicity and ultimately more donations. In a highly publicized and controversial arbitration in Washington, D.C., before the Association for International Arbitration applying maritime law, Mr. Gil prevailed.
  • After obtaining a $1.5 million settlement from the city of San Diego, Mr. Mazzarella obtained verdict against the giant international engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff as a result of Parsons Brinckerhoff mismanagement and negligence of the failed attempt to convert Brown Field in a $350 million investment, which would have brought thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of revenue to the South Bayto acargo airport to lighten the load on Lindberg.
  • After substituting in as counsel for a real estate investor sued by a hard money lender on his $2.7 million guarantee just days before trial was set to begin, Mr. Mazzarella successfully defended the lender's action, and prevailed on a cross-complaint for the guarantor who was awarded.
  • Most recently, in late 2015 and early 2016, Mr. Mazzarella successfully sued the owner of the building in gas lamp in which the Lucky Bastard Saloon occupied. Alleging the saloon failed because of deficient air conditioning

Mark Mazzarella's "Firsts" Reflect His Peers' Confidence in His Capability, Judgment and Leadership Ability

  • Reflecting a virtually unparalleled achievement, in 1980, at age 26 and in only his second year of practice, Mr. Mazzarella received the highest possible rating in both legal skills and ethics by Martindale-Hubbell, the United States' most prominent legal peer review rating company for more than 140 years.
  • In 1986, at age 32, and in his eighth year of practice, Mr. Mazzarella was selected by the partners of Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps LLP, one of the two largest firms in San Diego, and the second-oldest firm in California, to chair the firm's trial department, consisting of over 100 attorneys, paralegals and document clerks, and to become one of the six members of the firm's management committee, the youngest person to have ever served in either capacity.
  • In his 12th year of practice, at age 36, the partners of California's largest and most prestigious real estate firm, Allen Matkins, Leck, Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP, recruited Mr. Mazzarella to become the chair of the firm's San Diego trial department.
  • In 1992, at the age of 39, Mr. Mazzarella was selected by the members of the board of governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers to become the first president of the Association of Business Trial Attorneys San Diego.
  • That same year, 1992, Mr. Mazzarella, also was selected by the executive committee of the more than 10,000-member Litigation Section of The State Bar of California, to become its president, once again, the youngest ever to have served in that capacity.

Those who have worked most closely with Mr. Mazzarella over the years have, whether other lawyers, the leadership of local and statewide bar associations, or clients, have always looked to him for leadership, judgment, skill, hard work, and most important, to help them reach their objectives. He has built his extraordinary reputation on meeting those expectations and will work equally as hard to meet yours.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate
  • General Business
  • Banking
  • Securities
  • Intellectual Property Disputes


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • Honors: U.C.L.A. Law Review and Moot Court Honors Program, Member
    • Honors: Gave commencement address on behalf of the U.C.L.A. Law School graduating class of 1978
  • United States International University, Cal Western - 1978
    • Honors: Graduated First in his class

Published Works

  • Co-Author, Reading People (Random House 1998)
  • Co-Author, Put Your Best Foot Forward (Simon & Schuster 2000)
  • Principal Draftsman, Guidelines for Ethics, Civility and Professionalism for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers


  • How to Win A Business Jury Trial, American Bar Association’s National Trial Institute, Faculty
  • Annual Trial Seminar of The Litigation Section of The California State Bar
  • The Association of Business Trial Lawyers’ Annual Trial Symposium

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorneys in San Diego, Corporate Litigation
  • Top Influentials, San Diego Daily Transcript, 2006 - Present
  • Best of the U.S, Peer Review Polls
  • San Diego Super Lawyer, Law & Politics
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California State Bar Association, Litigation Section, Past Chair
  • The Association of Business Trial Lawyers–San Diego, Past President
  • American Bar Association Advisory Panel, Member
  • San Diego County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Bench/Bar relations for the San Diego County Superior and Municipal Courts, Chair
  • U.S. District Court and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California, Chair

Past Employment Positions

  • Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, 1978 - Present
  • Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory, Chair Person