Timothy R. Pestotnik



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Tim Pestotnik is a trial lawyer honored with an “AV” rating by his peers through Martindale Hubbell, a national, independent, lawyer rating service. For many years, Tim has been selected as one of the Top 50 Attorneys in San Diego, also by his peers. Tim was with a large firm for 20 years, and was the head of its Business Litigation Group before starting Pestotnik LLP. Tim is from Colorado and is an avid Colorado Buff’s fan, and an avid classic car restorer and collector.


“Tim and Russ are the best! Tenacious yet personable and they know the law!  They did a great job for our company on three litigation matters. I highly recommend them.”
Rob Brewster
CEO, GoFormz, Inc.


Top 50 Attorneys in San Diego
 As Ranked by His Peers


Concentrating on litigation, arbitrations and mediations, including business disputes, breach of contract actions, unfair competition, trade secrets, internal investigations, officer and director liability, securities litigation, derivative lawsuits, partnership disputes, real estate litigation, class actions, and professional liability litigation.

Peer Rating

  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell (highest ranking)
  • Named “Top 50 Lawyers in San Diego”
  • Listed in Super Lawyers, Business Litigation 2007-2021

Community Commitment

Past President, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program

Master, Wallace Inns of Court in San Diego; Team Leader

Lawyer Representative; U.S. District Court,
Southern District of California (Vice-Chair)

Lead Director, AMCON Distributing Company,
Omaha, Nebraska (NYSE MKT: DIT)

Past Director, Amcon Corporation

Past Director, Premier-Midwest Beverage Company

Director, Urban Street Angels

Past President, PeoplePlanetPartnership.org

Past Director, Lifeboat Foundation, Chicago Illinois

Past Chair of the Board (2006-2007), Imagine1day.org,
an international relief organization, Vancouver, Canada

Past Chairperson, San Diego County Ryan White
Health Planning Council

Adjunct Professor of Law, California Western
School of Law

Sunday School Teacher, First Grade

Founder, San Diego AIDS Project
Pro Bono Legal Clinic; and Co-Director

Personal Interests

Skiing, golf, classic cars, public speaking, paddle boarding, religion, art, politics, travel, and music

Professional Experience

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP,
San Diego, California; 1986-2006
  • Chair, Business Litigation Department
  • Firm-wide Pro Bono Coordinator
  • Equity Partner: Litigation involving business, securities, partnerships, real estate, intellectual property and professional responsibility

Arnold & Porter, Washington D.C.;
Law Clerk

Holland & Hart, Denver, Colorado
Summer Associate


The American University Washington College of Law,
Washington, D.C. – Juris Doctor, 1986
  • Summa Cum Laude; Class Rank 3/331
  • The American University Law Review
University of Colorado at Boulder,
Bachelor of Sciences: Journalism, 1983
  • Cum Laude;
  • President’s Leadership Class Scholar
  • Dean’s List – School of Journalism

Ross H. Hyslop


Russell F. Winslow


Daniel Riordan

Associate Attorney