Biography

Gregory Dillion is one of the founding partners of Newmeyer Dillion, 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 residential and commercial developers, general contractors and other businesses in complex and high stakes business, insurance, Real Estate and construction disputes.  He also advises on risk avoidance, transfer and management; insurance policy placement and review, and ADR methods, techniques and enforceability.

Greg has an active trial and appellate practice. He has defensed multi-million dollar suits and obtained eight figure verdicts and hundreds of millions of dollars 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 $200 million from insurers in suits over ongoing operations and completed operations additional insured coverage.
  • Recovered over $60 million from insurers for the replacement of drywall from China.
  • Recovered over $45 million from an insurer in a suit involving pollution coverage suit.
  • Jury verdict against a city of over $30 million.
  • Recovered over $20 million from an insurer in a policy interpretation dispute.
  • Recovered over $15 million from an insurer in a policy interpretation dispute.
  • Jury verdict against an insurer of over $25 million in compensatory and punitive damages for failing to defend.
  • Recovered over $8.9 million in a suit against a custom home builder.
  • Recovered over $6 million from an insurer in an arbitration over policy interpretation suit.
  • Recovered over $5 million against an insurer in a failure to defend suit.
  • Recovered over $2 million from an insurer in a pollution coverage dispute.
  • Recovered $1 million from an insurance broker for inadequate insurance.

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 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 and “Lawyer of the Year” in Construction Litigation in 2018. Greg regularly is ranked as a “Super Lawyer” and has been named as one of the top 50 Orange County lawyers and one of the top 100 in Southern California by the Super Lawyers California peer review publication. 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 has been selected as a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extra contractual Counsel and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Greg is a frequent speaker and author of numerous articles.

Services

Awards & Recognition

  • Recipient of the 2019 Good Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America - Orange County Council
  • Named Orange County Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers
  • Named Orange County Real Estate Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers
  • Named Orange County Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers
  • Named Orange County Construction Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers
  • Named America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for Southern California
  • Named to Best Lawyers’ List for Orange County in Insurance and Construction Law, and
  • Commercial, Construction and Real Estate Litigation in Orange County. AV®
  • Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review for over 20 years.
  • Selected to Super Lawyers list of California Top 50 Orange County Lawyers
  • Selected to Super Lawyers list of Top 100 Southern California Lawyers
  • Selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Selected as Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extra-contractual Counsel
  • Selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Fellows of The 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

Charitable & Civic Involvement

Greg is a supporter of numerous charities and non-profit organizations including: The American Cancer Society, Boys Scouts of America, The City of Hope, Interval House, Joyful Child, The Catalina Conservancy, Orangewood Foundation, The Shea Center, The Catalina Cowboy Heritage Foundation, Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center and others.

He currently is on the board of the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center and is a past board member of the American Diabetes Association, The Los Caballeros, Father of the Year Council and the Orange County Boy Scouts of American as well as others.

Admissions

  • California, 1980
  • Colorado, 2000
  • Texas, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1986
  • United States Supreme Court, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1981

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law  (J.D., with honors, 1980)
  • Cornell University  (B.A., Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1977)