The members of Silldorf & Levine, LLP have combined legal experience of more than 80 years. We have represented both plaintiffs and defendants during our careers. Many of the settlements we obtain contain confidentiality clauses, thus we refer to them without the party names. Some of the more notable accomplishments are as follows:
Settlement Amount: $15,258,000.00
Howard Silldorf represented a Master and Sub-Association of 809 Association homes and 398 individual homeowners, reaching a settlement of $15,258,000.00.
Uptown District Owners Association
Developer: Oliver McMillan, Odmark Partnership
Settlement Amount: $8,839,000.00
In the matter of Uptown District Owners Association v. Oliver McMillan, Odmark Partnership, et al., Howard Silldorf reached a settlement of $8,839,000.00 on behalf of 310 homeowners.
Ranchwood Park Property Owners Association
Developer: Ranchwood Communities LLP
Settlement Amount: $8,000,000.00
In the matter of Ranchwood Park Property Owners Association v. Ranchwood Communities LLP, Howard Silldorf recovered an $8,000,000.00 settlement and a $5,100,000.00 trial verdict for a 325-unit condominium complex.
Settlement Amount: $4,250,000.00
Silldorf & Levine represented an Association of two high-rises in downtown San Diego, reaching a settlement of $4,250,000.00.
Park Row Homeowners Association
Trial Amount: $3,500,000.00
In the matter of Park Row HOA v. Pardee, Howard Silldorf recovered $3,500,000.00 on behalf of the condominium complex.
Las Palmas Homeowners Association
Settlement Amount: $2,000,000.00
Howard Silldorf recovered $2,000,000.00 for the 100 unit complex.
Los Verdes Homeowners Association
Settlement Amount: $6,200,000.00
Howard Silldorf recovered $6,200,000.00 for the 72 unit complex.
Sea Point Tennis Club
Settlement Amount: $6,000,000.00
Howard J. Silldorf was the principal attorney for the 300 unit condominium complex and reached a settlement of $6,000,000.00 for the Association.
Chatelaine Estates Homeowners Association
Developer: Concorde Pacific Associates, Pacific Crest Homes, Inc.
Settlement Amount: $2,745,000.00
In the matter of Chatelaine Estates HOA, Howard J. Silldorf recovered $2,745,000.00 for the Homeowners Association.
Homeowners at Bougainvilla
Settlement Amount: $7,360,000.00
Scott Levine represented the owners of 53 homes in a case centered on defective windows that bowed, cracked, faded and allowed water to intrude into the interiors of the homes. This was due in large part to the chemical composition of the painted vinyl, the manufacturing process of connecting several windows together to make larger window groups and the manner or methods used to install the windows. Mr. Levine settled what is likely the largest window settlement in California (on an amount per house basis) only days before trial was set to begin.
Mesquite Country Club Condominium Homeowners Association
Developer: Mark Temple Construction
Settlement Amount: $3,314,500.00
Howard Silldorf represented the Association of the 600 unit complex against the builders as well as the subcontractors and negotiated a settlement of $3,314,500.00.
The Promontory at Scripps Lake Homeowners Association
Developer: Great Western Bank, et al.
Settlement Amount: $4,042,600.00
In the matter of Promontory at Scripps Lake v. Great Western Bank, et al., the firm recovered $4,042,600.00 for the 80 unit complex. Howard J. Silldorf was the principal attorney on this case.
Santa Fe Ridge (San Diego)
Settlement Amount: $4,200,000.00
We represented the owners of 59 single-family homes in Encinitas along with many of their children in a lawsuit against the developer of their homes. The homes were built with numerous defects including leaking roofs and windows, underground return air ducts filling with water and deteriorating concrete slabs and footings. Many of the defects caused water intrusion, which caused mold/fungus growth throughout many of the homes. As a result of the mold/fungus growth, many of the residents became sick. The builder and its subcontractors settled the case on the eve of trial for approximately $4,200,000.00.
The developer of this project filed bankruptcy prior to the filing of this lawsuit. The bankruptcy did not prevent us from recovering from the developer’s insurance, its joint venture partner and the subcontractors hired to build the homes.
Melange/Bel Canto (Oceanside)
Settlement Amount: $3,400,000.00
We represented the owners of 75 single family homes in Oceanside along with 28 of their children in a lawsuit against the developer/ builder of their homes. The homes were built with numerous defects including leaking windows and deteriorating floor coverings which caused excessive mold growth within the homes. As a result of the excessive mold growth in the homes, many of the residents (including their children) became sick. The general contractor was not licensed which permitted us to settle directly with the subcontractors.
Brighton View (San Bernardino)
Settlement Amount: $2,355,000.00
We represented the owners of 47 single family homes in a lawsuit against the developer who built their homes as well as the subcontractors hired by the builder. The homes were built with numerous construction defects stemming from the lack of proper coordination and supervision by the project superintendent who (according to deposition testimony) was selling cocaine out of the project trailer instead of supervising the job. In addition, many homeowners testified in their depositions about the lack of care or customer service when calling the builder about problems. The builder and subcontractors settled with the homeowners and paid $2,355,000.00.
270 Homeowners in Chula Vista
Settlement Amount: $2,599,000.00
We represented the owners of 270 single-family homes in a lawsuit against the developer who built their homes. The homes were built with numerous construction defects including roof and window leaks and plumbing problems. This case was complicated with a combination of insurance coverage (both conventional General Liability and Wrap Coverage). Valuable lessons were learned from this case that will likely streamline future wrap/non-wrap cases. The insurance industry began writing wrap policies in the early 2000s and it is likely to be a policy that we will encounter in the future. This case was resolved for $2,599,000.00.
Developer: Coscan Davidson Homes
Settlement Amount: $1,800,000.00
We represented the owners of 58 single family homes built by Davidson Communities. The homes were built with numerous defects including roofing deficiencies, inadequate ventilation, stucco/window leaks and deck leaks. Prior to trial, we settled with most of the subcontractors and entered into a settlement with the developer. We went to trial (which took 2 ½ months) against the remaining subcontractors, some of whom we reached settlements with during the trial. We recovered a verdict against all but one of the subcontractors. Each of the defendants paid 5 to 10 times more than their “best offer” before trial.
Solana Beach Home (San Diego)
Settlement Amount: $210,000.00
We represented the owner of a semi-custom single family home in Solana Beach. The home was built with used materials and materials from Mexico that were not approved for use in the United States by the Uniform Building Code. The builder used second-hand windows and doors. The roof tiles were Mexican tiles that were extremely brittle and cracked very easily. The builder settled with the homeowner and paid approximately $210,000.00.
Fairbanks Ranch Home (San Diego)
Settlement Amount: $460,000.00
We represented the owner/purchaser of a semi-custom home built in the Fairbanks Ranch community of San Diego in an action against the builder who built the home and the subcontractors hired by the builder. The home was suffering from construction defects that included roof and window leaks, stucco deterioration and other defects. The builder and subcontractors settled with the homeowner and paid approximately $460,000.00.
Promenade (La Costa)
Settlement Amount: $1,329,300.00
We represented the owners of 37 single family homes in a lawsuit against the developer and joint venture partner who built their homes. We also sued the subcontractors that were hired by the builder. The homes were built with numerous defects including leaking roofs and windows, stucco defects, and deteriorating concrete slabs and footings. Some of the defects caused water intrusion and mold/fungus growth throughout many of the homes. The builder and its subcontractors settled the case for approximately $1,329,300.00.
Note: The above referenced cases were not necessarily cases belonging to Silldorf & Levine, LLP but were cases in which the attorneys of Silldorf & Levine, LLP had a substantial case responsibility on behalf of the plaintiffs, and/or who substantially contributed to the above-referenced settlements.