Our Team

“Tim waged an aggressive attack on my behalf and saved my company from financial ruin.”

Jenny Forward
President, Specialty Manufacturing, Inc.


Top 50 Attorneys in San Diego


As Ranked by His Peers

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, including 2016, 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.


Concentrating on litigation, including business disputes, breach of contract actions, officer and director liability, securities litigation, derivative lawsuits, real estate
litigation, class actions, professional liability, and
trade secret litigation.

Peer Rating

-AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell (highest ranking)
-Named “Top 50 Lawyers in San Diego”
-Listed in Super Lawyers, Business Litigation 2007-2016

Community Commitment

President, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
(1997 – 1998)

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)

Director, Amcon Corporation

Director, Premier-Midwest Beverage Company

Director, Urban Street Angels

President, PeoplePlanetPartnership.org

Director, Lifeboat Foundation, Chicago Illinois (1997-2007)

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

Chairperson, San Diego County Ryan White
Health Planning Council (1996-2004)

Adjunct Professor of Law, California Western
School of Law

Sunday School Teacher, First Grade,
Solana Beach Presbyterian Church (1989-1997)

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

Personal Interests

France, public speaking, diving, religion, classic cars, art, boating, music, surfing, politics, and travel

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


+ In re Petco Animal Supplies Inc. Securities Litigation,
2006 WL 6829623 (S.D. Cal. 2006)

+ In re Fisher Financial & Investment LLC,
2011 WL 1898225 (9th Cir. 2011)

+ In re SureBeam Corp. Securities Litigation,
2005 WL 5036360 (S.D. Cal. Jan. 3, 2005)

+ Herring v. Teradyne, Inc., 242 Fed. Appx. 469 (9th Cir. 2007)

+ Sky Valley Ltd. Partnership v. ATX Sky Valley,
150 F.R.D. 648 (N.D. Cal. 1993)

+ Palestini v. General Dynamics Corp.,
99 Cal. App. 4th 80 (2002)