Mary A. Salamone has dedicated her over-three-decade career exclusively to the area of construction law and has acquired an in-depth knowledge regarding all aspects of both public and private construction projects and disputes. Her practice encompasses a wide array of construction industry matters such as alternative project delivery methods, competitive bidding, contract drafting, project management and contract administration, scheduling and delay issues, change orders, cost overruns, mechanics lien, stop payment notice and bond rights, risk management, and claims resolution. Ms. Salamone has handled multi-million dollar disputes on high profile, complex construction projects and achieved favorable settlements and judgments on behalf of her clients.

Ms. Salamone has been retained by various counties, municipalities and other governmental agencies to assist in their construction-related disputes and in the development of their contract documents. These governmental entities include the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, the Cities of Anaheim, Burbank, Downey, Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena, and Reno (Nevada), the Counties of Sonoma and San Bernardino, San Bernardino Associated Governments and Santa Barbara County Association of Governments.

She has also represented some of the largest contractors and designers, both in California and nationally, in claims arising from major construction projects, including the John Wayne Airport, Metro Red Line Rail Stations, Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Plant, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Convention Hotel and Residences at LA Live, and State Farm Stadium (formerly known as University of Phoenix Stadium). Her understanding of these disputes from the perspective of both the owner and the contractor uniquely enables her to reach cost-effective and sensible resolutions.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Named Best Lawyers' 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Construction Litigation in Orange County.
  • Named to Best Lawyers’ Best Lawyers in America list since 2018.
  • Repeatedly ranked by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the field of Construction Law.
  • Recipient of the AV® Preeminent™ rating with LexisNexis/Martindale Hubbell, a prestigious rating is given to just 2% of lawyers in the country.
  • Named a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America, an invitation-only international honorary association of lawyers who have a proven record of excellence in construction law at both the trial and appellate levels.
  • Selected as a Fellow by the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society limited to the top .5% of trial lawyers.
  • Panel member for the American Arbitration Association for Large, Complex Construction Disputes for 25 years. 
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Representative Matters

Some of Ms. Salamone's more notable engagements include: 

  • The $1.8-billion Middle Harbor Redevelopment at the Port of Long Beach
  • A $2-billion earthen dam (7th largest in the world) now known as the Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet, California
  • The Alameda Corridor below-grade, freight rail system running from the Ports of Long Beach/Los Angeles to downtown Los Angeles
  • The Pacific Pipeline, which is a 128-mile buried crude oil pipeline running between Kern and Los Angeles Counties
  • The $500-million state-of-the-art State Farm Stadium (formerly known as University of Phoenix Stadium) for the Arizona Cardinals
  • The expansion of State Route 71 in Chino Hills, State Route 210 in San Bernardino, and State Route 1/101 in Santa Barbara
  • The $2-billion Aladdin Hotel and Casino and Desert Passage Retail Mall (now known as Planet Hollywood)

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Events & Speaking Engagements

Ms. Salamone is a popular speaker for various construction associations and educational institutions, including Lorman Education Services, CMAA, WPL Publishing Company, Inc., Continuing Education of the Bar, the American Bar Association, Loyola Law School, Associated General Contractors, Western Council of Construction Consumers, Turner School of Construction Management, Engineering Contractors’ Association, Construction Industry Superconference, County Counsels’ Association of California, Coalition for Adequate School Housing, California Special Districts Association, and National Association of Women in Construction.


Ms. Salamone has also authored a number of articles, including more recently the following:

  • Liability for Subcontractors' Failure to Pay Laborers on Private Works: How to Protect Your Company (Business Credit Magazine, July/August 2019)
  • California Expands Construction Manager At-Risk Authorization for Certain Public Entities (Real Estate Finance Journal, Winter 2018)
  • New Limits on Design Professionals' Duty to Defend and Indemnify (AGC California Constructor Magazine, May/June 2018)
  • Big Decision Favors Low Bidders on Public Works Projects (AGC California Constructor Magazine, May/June 2017)
  • The Retention Withholding Quandary, Differing Court Decisions May Necessitate State’s Top Court to Ultimately Step in for a Final Say (AGC California Constructor Magazine, May/June 2016)
  • Contractors Must Act Quickly to Comply With New Registration Requirements for Public Works (AGC California Constructor Magazine, May/June 2015)
  • What Awarding Agencies Need to Know About New Registration and Certified Payroll Requirements of Senate Bill 854 (California Special Districts Association e-News, March 2015)
  • New Law Requires Submission of Subcontractors’ License Numbers in Public Bids (AGC California Constructor Magazine, May/June 2014)
  • Contractors Beware of Dire Consequences for Failure to Comply With Contractual Notice, Claims Procedures (AGC California Constructor Magazine, May/June 2012)
  • So You Lost The Contract - Now What? Understanding Whether to Protest an Award (AGC California Constructor Magazine, March 2011)
  • California Court of Appeal Clarifies Payment Obligations Under Prompt Payment Statutes (AGC California Constructor Magazine, March 2010)
  • California High Speed Rail Still on Track (CMAA News, Fall 2009)
  • Managing the Inevitable - Subcontractor Default (AGC California Constructor Magazine, March 2008)
  • Big Implications for Contractor's License Law Lapse (AGC California Constructor Magazine, June 2007)
  • The Danger of Change Orders - Do You Really Know What You Signed? (AGC California Constructor Magazine, March 2007)
  • New Documents, Old Issues: Who is Waiving What? Direct and Indirect Damages (AGC California Constructor Magazine, 2007)
  • Will Contractors Get Paid for Their Work in California? The State Supreme Court Says, “Maybe Not.” (CMAA Legal & Legislative News, Winter 2006)
  • Mechanic’s Liens in California (Business Credit Magazine, October 2006)

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

Ms. Salamone is committed to the construction community and is a member of its various trade organizations including the Construction Management Association of America, Associated Builders and Contractors of California, Western Council of Construction Consumers, National Association of Women in Construction, and California Special Districts Association.  She sits on the Legal Advisory Subcommittee for the Associated General Contractors and is a member of the Orange County Business Council.  Ms. Salamone also serves as a neutral on the Large and Complex Case Panel of the American Arbitration Association for construction disputes.  In addition, she is a member of the State bars of California, Nevada and Virginia, the American Bar Association, as well as the Los Angeles, Orange County, and Clark County (Nevada) Bar Associations.


J.D., Cornell Law School
B.A., University of Rochester


  • 1987, California
    1999, Nevada
    2000, Virginia
    U.S. District Courts, Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
    U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
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