Mark G. Budwig

AV stamp icon
Attorney Awards


Professional Summary

Mark G. Budwig has focused his practice on construction law and litigation for the past 30 years. He has represented a multitude of contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and owners in a wide variety of actions ranging from simple lien foreclosures to multi-million dollar construction and engineering extra work claims arising from hotels, pipelines, tunnels highways, canals, convention centers, medical facilities, schools, power plant, dams and other complex public work projects. In the course of his career, he has handled virtually every type of design, construction and defect claim, including disputes arising from earth movement, surface and subsurface water intrusion, delays and impacts.
Originally educated and licensed as a professional civil engineer, Mark began his career as a field engineer on a multi-million dollar project for a national general contractor. He later worked a number of years with Pacific Gas & Electric, one of California's largest utilities, as a design engineer. Bridging the worlds of engineering and law, Mark understands and speaks the language of the industry and works closely and effectively with architects, engineers, geologists, material testers, schedulers, construction managers and construction cost accountants.


•Martindale Hubble AV Rating
•“Top Lawyers,” San Diego Magazine, 2013-2018
•Recognized multiple years by the San Diego Daily Transcript as Super Lawyer in Construction.

News Coverage

•“Procopio Welcomes Mark Budwig as Partner on the Construction Team,” Procopio, March 6, 2017.


Mr. Budwig has been a regular speaker at construction law seminars for the past 25 years, covering an array of topics including:

•Mechanics liens and stop payment notices
•Annual construction law updates
•Design-build contracts
•Alternative construction contracting delivery systems
•Key provisions and pitfalls in public contracting
•Construction dispute resolution
•Differing site conditions
•Public works bidding
•Key risk-shifting provisions in construction contracts

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Construction

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
858-720-6330  Phone
619-788-5503  Fax
University Attended:
Stanford University, MS Civil Engineering/Construction Engineering & Management, 1980; University of Colorado at Boulder, BS, Civil Engineer, Honors, 1978
Law School Attended:
University of California at Hastings, JD, 1986
Year of First Admission:
1986, California


•Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), San Diego Chapter, Former Board of Directors
•San Diego County Bar Association-Construction Law Section
•Associated General Contractors of America

Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Successfully represented owner in defense of $40 million claim against contractor, designer and equipment supplier on hydroelectric project.; Obtained favorable awards in excess of $1 million, which included recovery of attorneys' fees, for major highway contractor in arbitrations against Caltrans.; Defeated $50 million claim against and obtained a $10 million award for contractor following a seven week jury trial in Federal Court arising from a tunnel project.; Successfully litigated and settled a $20 million claim against public owner on a design/build water treatment plant.; Prosecuted and defended claims brought under the California False Claim Act.; Counseled owners and contractors in connection with the preparation and negotiation of custom and standard for (e.g., AIA) contract documents.; Successfully defended national general contractor from multi-million dollar water intrusion claim arising from school project.; Litigated and obtained favorable settlement for owner in claim against designer of a sound studio project.

Peer Reviews

A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

*Peer Reviews provided before April 15, 2008 are not displayed.

San Diego, California

Contact Mark G. Budwig

Required Fields

Required Fields

By clicking on the "Submit" button, you agree to the Terms of Use, Supplemental Terms and Privacy Policy. You also consent to be contacted at the phone number you provided, including by autodials, text messages and/or pre-recorded calls, from Martindale and its affiliates and from or on behalf of attorneys you request or contact through this site. Consent is not a condition of purchase.

You should not send any sensitive or confidential information through this site. Emails sent through this site do not create an attorney-client relationship and may not be treated as privileged or confidential. The lawyer or law firm you are contacting is not required to, and may choose not to, accept you as a client. The Internet is not necessarily secure and emails sent though this site could be intercepted or read by third parties.