John S. Poulos

Managing Partner

  • location icon Sacramento, CA
    2020 West El Camino Avenue
    Sacramento, CA 95833

John Poulos is an equity partner in the litigation practice group where he focuses exclusively on commercial litigation. He serves as Vice-Chair of both the Banking & Finance Practice Group and the Commercial Litigation Practice.

Mr. Poulos is an experienced federal and state court trial lawyer with more than two decades of experience handling complex business litigation matters. Mr. Poulos has extensive appellate and jury trial experience which includes holding a spot in California’s top ten trial victories of 2009. Mr. Poulos also recently secured one of the few class action defense verdicts in California’s history.

Mr. Poulos' practice spans a multitude of subject matter areas including class actions, complex real estate matters, construction disputes, breach of contract, employment decimation, fraud and a wide variety of other commercial business disputes.­ Mr. Poulos has many years of experience representing owners, contractors, subcontractors, lenders and material suppliers in both public and private works construction disputes and has prosecuted and defended False Claims Act claims. He also has experience prosecuting and defending mechanics' liens, stop notices, performance and payment bond claims, and construction defect claims. Mr. Poulos has represented design professionals and contractors regarding state licensing issues and has extensive experience representing developers, title insurance companies, builders, lenders and property owners in a variety of real estate disputes, including government investigations, disputes as to title, lien priority, breach of contract, development rights and real estate related torts, including significant mold-related claims and property contamination matters. Mr. Poulos has experience litigating claims under CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, California's Endangered Species Act and various other state environmental statutes.

Finally, Mr. Poulos has significant experience handling binding arbitrations and has successfully resolved many complex disputes through other alternative dispute resolution processes, including early neutral evaluation programs and mediation.

Mr. Poulos has been named one of Northern California’s Super Lawyers for many years running and is consistently recognized as a top California trail lawyer from various peer and industry organizations. Mr. Poulos was a law clerk to Justices Edmund Burke, Alexander Bryner and Robert Eastaugh of the Alaska Supreme Court. Mr. Poulos is a former Trustee of the Davis Joint Unified School District.

Legal Experience

  • Law Clerk for Edmund Burke and Robert Eastaugh of the Alaska Supreme Court
  • Associate then Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman (formerly Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro) 1991-1994, 1996-2013
  • Former Managing Partner of the Sacramento office at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman (formerly Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro) 2009-2013

Offices Held

Trustee of the Davis Joint Unified School District (2000-2003)

Published Opinions

  • Verizon v. Airtouch - Third District Court of Appeal
  • American Nurses Association v. O'Connell - Third District Court of Appeal
  • Premier Medical v. CNA Insurance - Fourth District Court of Appeal
  • Health Net v. Haukedelin - Third District Court of Appeal
  • Kern County Water Agency, et al. v. California Department Water Resources - Fourth District Court of Appeal
  • American Nurses Association v. Torlakson – Third District Court of Appeal

Publications

  • Supreme Court Settles Jurisdiction Question Under Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Authors: Andrew D. Bluth, Lauren Lynch Flick, John S. Poulos, 1/19/2012
  • Nonprofit Defends Purchase Deals for City of Los Angeles, Authors: Deborah B. Baum, Andrew D. Bluth, Alvin Dunn, John S. Poulos, Chris R. Rodriguez, 4/25/2008
  • Pillsbury Winthrop on Affordable Housing 2003 Issue, Authors: Rachel B. Horsch, Michael Ouimette, John S. Poulos, Matthew Africa, Jason A. Hobson, Tuan A. Pham, Monique L.C. Wright, Paul R. Schrecongost, Gary Downs, 2/18/2003

Admissions

California

Alaska

Colorado

Oregon

Washington

Awards & Honors

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers as a Top Attorney in Northern California
  • Recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers as Top Attorney in Construction Law and Real Estate law

Education

University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law

Juris Doctor, 1991

Claremont McKenna College

Bachelor of Arts, 1987

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