Gregory L. Dillion

Founding Partner

Gregory Dillion is one of the founding partners of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP, which has grown from three attorneys in 1984 to over 70 lawyers in Newport Beach and Walnut Creek, California and Las Vegas, Nevada. He specializes in the representation of developers, institutional lenders, general contractors and other businesses in complex and high stakes business, construction and insurance coverage disputes.

Greg has an active trial and appellate practice. He has defensed multimillion dollar claims and obtained eight figure verdicts and hundreds of millions in settlements. He is responsible for published decisions at the California Federal, Supreme Court and Appellate levels that have changed the course of California law.

Partial List of Recoveries:
• Recovered over $60 million from insurers for the replacement of Chinese drywall.
• Jury verdict against a city of over $30 million.
• Jury verdict against an insurer of over $25 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
• Recovered over $8.9 million from a custom home contractor.

Partial list of Appellate Decisions:
Aas v. Superior Court – California Supreme Court decision establishing the economic loss rule that there is no recovery in tort for defects that have not caused damage to property other than the product itself.
KB Home v. Consolidated Furnaces – California appellate decision establishing the test under the economic loss rule as to when there is   recovery in tort for component to component property damage.
Presley Homes v. American States – California appellate decision requiring insurers to provide an immediate, full and complete defense to their additional insureds.

Greg has been named a Worldwide Branding Professional of the year in law and recognized as a 20 year recipient of the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating. He consistently has been named as one of the best lawyers in America in insurance and construction law and in commercial, construction and real estate litigation in the national Best Lawyers in America peer review publication. He also was named by Best Lawyers as "Lawyer of the Year" in real estate litigation for 2015, "Lawyer of the Year" in Insurance law for 2016, and "Lawyer of the Year" in Construction Law for 2017 in Orange County. Greg regularly has been named as one of the top 50 Orange County lawyers and named one of the top 100 in Southern California by the Super Lawyers California peer review publication. He also has been named one of the nation’s Top Lawyers in its national Corporate Counsel Almanac. Greg has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society consisting of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. He also had been selected as a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel. Greg has recently been awarded the America’s Most Honored Professional award which goes to those professionals who have been publicly recognized for professional excellence with multiple honors from trade groups, peers, clients, and the press. Greg is a frequent speaker and author of numerous articles.

• Named Orange County Real Estate Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers
• Named Orange County Construction Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers
• Named Orange County Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers
• Named Orange County Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers
• Named America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®
• Selected to the Orange County Best Lawyers list for Insurance and Construction Law, and Commercial, Construction and Real Estate Litigation
• AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
• Selected to Super Lawyers list of California Top 50 Orange County Lawyers
• Selected to Super Lawyers list of Top 100 Southern California Lawyers
• Selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers list
• 2016 Corporate LiveWire Global Award winner in Insurance and Risk Management

• University of Texas, J.D., with Honors, 1980
• Cornell University, B.A., with Distinction in All Subjects, 1977; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

• California, 1980
• Colorado, 2000
• Texas, 2003
• United States Supreme Court, 1986
• United States District Court, Central and Northern Districts of California, 1980
• United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of California, 1986
• United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1981

• American Bar Association
• Association of Trial Lawyers of America
• Building Industry Association Orange County Chapter
• Consumer Attorneys of California
• Cornell University Real Estate Council
• Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel
• Orange County Bar Association

Publications (Partial list)
• A Guide To Arbitration Clauses And Their Enforceability
• A Practitioner’s Guide To The FIX IT Law
• Allocation Of Liability Between Plaintiffs, Developers And Subcontractors
• Condo Conversions: Liable For What And For How Long?
• Construction Defects and Insurance: Policyholder and Insurer Perspectives
• Crawford – The Carrier, Subcontractor, GC/Developer And Coverage Perspective
• Defense Perspectives On FIX IT Legislation
• Impact of Indemnity Agreements Between Insureds & Other Parties
• Insurance Coverage In Commercial Construction Disputes
• Managing a Trial
• Maximizing Potential By Minimizing Risk: A Short Course In Vertical Construction
• Meditration – An Efficient And Cost Effective Solution To Construction Defect Litigation
• New Horizons In Defect Litigation – Selected Liability Issues Arising From The Conversion And Sale Of Existing Buildings As Condominiums
• Non-Monetary Settlement Terms In The Resolution Of Construction Defect Cases
• Practical Insurance Considerations – How, When And Why To Tender Your Defense And Indemnity To Your Insurer
• Practical Tips, Defenses And Strategies For Developers In Construction Defect Litigation
• Risk Transfer, Avoidance And Management – It’s A Wrap
• Stacking The Deck Reducing The Risks of Mid And High-Rise Residential
• Surviving In A Downturn Is Litigation The Answer?
• Taking The Insured Out Of Harm’s Way: The Insurer’s Rights And Duties Concerning Settlement
• The Defense And Indemnity Of Additional Insureds
• The Ethical Quagmire Of The Tripartite Relationship
• Wraps, OCIPS, CCIPS The Next Generation Of Insurance For Residential And Commercial Construction

Speaking Engagements (Partial list)
• Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
• Claims Managers Association
• Construction Super Conference
• Cornell University O. C. Business Luncheon
• DRI The Voice of the Defense Bar
• HB Litigation Conferences
• Insurance Allocation Strategies Conference
• LiMa Symposium
• Lorman Education Services
• Mealey’s Insurance Advisory Council
• National Association of Home Builders
• N&D Builder Update Seminar
• Orange County Bar Association Construction Section
• Orange County Bar Association Insurance Section
• Pacific Coast Building Conference
• West Coast Casualty Conference