Joseph A. Sammartino is Senior Counsel in the firm’s San Diego law office. Mr. Sammartino has built a practice focused on defending major international companies and individuals in civil litigation throughout California and the United States. He has significant experience in litigation involving contract disputes, employment litigation, professional liability, trade secrets, investor litigation, business disputes, partnership disputes, real estate matters, product liability, insurance bad faith, and employment matters.
Mr. Sammartino handles all aspects of litigation from pre-litigation demands, negotiations, and settlements through the filing of complaints, discovery, comprehensive motion practice, depositions – having served as lead counsel in over 350 depositions – mediation and settlement, arbitration, or trial and verdict in state and federal courts, including appeals.
For corporate clients, Mr. Sammartino has formed dozens of corporate entities including S-Corporations, C-corporations, LLCs, non-profit and mutual benefit corporations, as well as handling 501(c)(3) applications, shareholder purchase agreements, employment contract drafting and review, and dispute resolution. Mr. Sammartino frequently serves as outside general counsel for clients, providing services including: corporate structures, dispute avoidance and resolution, drafting and reviewing contracts, agreements, and leases concerning software and technology licenses, partnership agreements, reseller and distributor agreements, professional services agreements, development and outsourcing agreements, early stage and follow-on venture financing, intellectual property, real estate leases and sales, equipment sales and leases, severance agreements, employee handbooks, risk management policies and procedures, due diligence and letters of intent for mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Sammartino has been recognized by his peers for his legal skill, and was selected as a Rising Star by San Diego Super Lawyers from 2015-2018. He was also selected as the Best Attorney in La Jolla by the La Jolla Light “Best of” Readers Poll in 2016-2020.
He serves on the national Board of Directors for the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation, and is the Immediate Past President of the organization. The organization raises awareness of Phelan-McDermid syndrome, a rare genetic condition resulting from alterations to the 22nd chromosome that causes a wide range of medical, intellectual, and behavioral challenges. Since 2015, he has also served on the Board of Directors of Youth Tennis San Diego, and just concluded his term as President. Additionally, Mr. Sammartino is a member of the Rotary Club of San Diego.
- University of San Diego (J.D., 2006)
- Georgetown University (A.B., 2003)