We have substantial experience in matters involving a broad range of real estate, construction and business litigation as well as financial elder abuse and defense of government enforcement actions (white collar defense). As experts in these areas, and having successfully handled hundreds of such matters, we frequently present and provide legal education to other members of the bar on these matters.

Significant Litigation and Trial Experience

As a former prosecutor and as experienced trial attorneys, Sean Ponist and his firm bring significant litigation and trial experience to our representation of clients to achieve better results. We have tried numerous cases to verdict and judgment with a history of trial success and winning results. We have recovered over $115 million in damages for clients, while also successfully defending clients against lawsuits seeking millions.


In recognition of our accomplishments, we have been conferred the prestigious “Super Lawyer” award, a distinction bestowed upon less than 5% of attorneys, for more than 10 years (2011-present). Sean is also a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society whose membership is limited to less than 1% percent of North American lawyers, judges and scholars. He has also been recognized as one of the Best of the Bar by the San Diego Business Journal.

Sound Business Solutions

In addition to our litigation successes, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide sound business solutions to complex litigation matters. As former in-house counsel, we appreciate the importance of blending litigation strategy with business objectives to achieve the best results for clients, recognizing that there is often more at stake than just the lawsuit.

Exceptional Client Service

We pride ourselves on providing exceptional client service. You deserve not only successful results, but also responsiveness from your legal counsel throughout the course of the representation. The Ponist Law Group prides itself on providing both. We look forward to the opportunity to assist you.

“Sean and I worked on the same criminal trial team in the Marin District Attorney’s Office, where we often worked on cases together. I found he was a good strategic thinker, analyzed legal issues thoughtfully, and communicated very well with juries. He’s a great trial attorney, and I’m sure his communication skills make him a hit with his clients, too.”

John Alden
Managing Attorney at Independent Investigations Bureau. San Francisco District Attorney's Office

“Sean provided careful, accurate counsel in a complicated legal matter I was involved in for a period of three years. He is well trained and allocates his time well. In short he is a very good attorney”

Richard Wilson
Former Director of the California Department of Forestry (CDF)

“I worked previously with Sean as an attorney at a firm that handles complex and high-stakes litigation, as well as general commercial disputes. Sean worked closely with clients to craft business solutions and, if necessary, zealously pursue litigation on their behalf. He is an effective advocate both in and out of the courtroom. Sean is also especially gifted at explaining legal concepts and at helping clients assess their legal options, including arbitration, mediation, trial, and settlement.”

Neil Swartzberg
Counsel at Pearson, Simon & Warshaw, LLP

“Sean and I were both attorneys at a former firm with which we were affiliated. Sean is a very smart, experienced attorney, and a really nice guy besides! He works very hard and is dedicated to doing excellent work for his clients.”

Robert Silverman
Attorney, R. Silverman Law Group

“I have had the good fortune to work with Sean on a very complex real estate matter. In spite of these challenges, Sean was able to distill the issues down to manageable components. This is the mark of a skilled attorney. I look forward to the next opportunity to work with him.”

Michael Pallamary
Founding Member at Land Surveyors Advisory Council on Technical Standards (LSACTS)

“Handled a complex situation very professionally.”

Dr. H. Tenenbaum
President/CEO of Harten Resources, Inc.

“Great firm! Responsive to client needs and thoughtful as to what cases need and don’t need. Recommend them highly.”

Audette Morales
Partner at the law firm of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani

Industry Experts

As accomplished real estate, construction and business litigation attorneys, the experts at the Ponist Law Group are frequently requested to present legal education seminars to other attorneys and professionals.

The Ins-and-Outs of Real Property Liens and Encumbrances

San Francisco Bar Association
September 28, 2021  

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Court Practice Series: Superior Court (Civil)

San Diego County Bar Association
October 14, 2020

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