Garth N. Ward


  • location icon San Diego, CA
    701 B Street
    Suite 1900
    San Diego, CA 92101

Garth Ward is a partner in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Environmental & Toxic Torts Practice. Mr. Ward’s practice focuses primarily on environmental and general liability issues with an emphasis in toxic torts, high profile pollution claims, asbestos and Proposition 65 matters. He also represents engineers and architects in design-related and contractual matters. Additionally, Mr. Ward assists client with land use issues and also navigating the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act. His practice area also focuses on construction defect, product liability, catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims. Mr. Ward also has experience in corporate law and related transactions, real estate law, fire origin and causation, medical malpractice.

Mr. Ward also specializes in counseling clients nationwide in their efforts to comply with California’s Proposition 65 statute and accompanying  regulations. He guides companies through Proposition 65’s complicated regulatory framework and also defends those that have received a Proposition 65 Notice of Violation or are the subject to a litigated enforcement action.

Mr. Ward also has extensive experience representing both general contractors and subcontractors in contractual claims and disputes related to construction design, methodology and practices. He has handled cases in virtually every area of construction in both residential and commercial projects. Representative clients include general contractors in luxury home design and construction, mechanical engineers in HVAC system design, architects and engineers in systemic design-related claims as well as various electrical, landscape and pool design subcontractors.

Mr. Ward has also represented a global manufacturer of building products. His representation encompassed contractual disputes, product liability, and design, manufacture and installation related claims.

Additionally, Mr. Ward has represented numerous Common Interest Developments and Homeowners Associations in multiple matters. Mr. Ward has provided defense and counsel on a variety of issues, including governance, duties of Directors and Members, construction defect, ADA compliance as well as a variety of other regulatory compliance issues and regulatory compliance.

Mr. Ward also represents various entities as outside General Counsel. As outside General Counsel, Mr. Ward serves his clients in all facets of corporate representation necessary to their operations.

During law school, Mr. Ward clerked for the United States Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division. He then clerked for the California Attorney General’s Office, working on a  variety of state environmental issues as well as Proposition 65 Enforcement Issues. Mr. Ward also clerked for the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office and California Rural Legal Assistance.


  • Statute of Limitations for Product Defect May Be Tolled By Reasonable Investigation; California Case Comment, June 2005
  • Costs to Repair Non-Plaintiff Homes are Not Recoverable Unless Reasonable and Necessary to Defense; California Case Comment, November 2002
  • Set-off Claims are Restricted to Reducing a Plaintiff’s Recovery; California Case Comment, December 2002



United States District Court

Southern District of California Central District of California Northern District of California


  • San Diego County Bar Association 
  • Member-Environmental Law Section
  • San Diego Defense Lawyer’s Association
  • San Diego Barrister’s Club
  • San Diego Chamber of Commerce Legal Committee

Awards & Honors

  • San Diego Business Journal “Best of the Bar, 2015”
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Writing and Research
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Torts II
  • Dean’s List 1997, 1998 and 1999.


Golden Gate University School of Law

Juris Doctor, 1999

California State University at Chico

Bachelor of Arts, 1996

University of San Diego School of Law

LLM Candidate-General LLM with Environmental Law Concentration

Universidad de Costa Rica Environmental Law Program

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