Attorney Maria Plumtree

I have over 16 years of experience representing general contractors, custom homebuilders, remodelers, subcontractors, suppliers, engineers and architects in both California and Nevada.  I am also a regular guest lecturer for numerous organizations including California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors, San Luis Obispo Builders Exchange, and the Building Industry Association.  In addition, I regularly lobby in Sacramento for various issues affecting the construction community.

BACKGROUND

I come from a long line of construction contractors. My grandfather, Galileo Tobia, was a master tile setter who migrated from Italy and opened a tile setting business called Tobia Tile. My uncle took over the business and expanded the scope of the business to include general construction. The business is now called Tobia Construction

My cousin purchased,Varden Bros. Roofing, the oldest roofing company in Albany, New York.  In my formative years, I was “shipped” to New York so that I could stay out of trouble and work in the family business.  This included hot mopping for my cousin’s roofing company.

It was during these formative years that I knew I was “not interested” in working in the construction industry and went to law school.

After becoming a licensed attorney, I discovered that a majority of construction contractors were underrepresented. Due to my family’s construction history, I decided to focus on representing construction contractors.

Prior to starting my own law firm, I worked for a multi-state law firm in Las Vega representing national developers.  I litigated numerous construction cases on behalf of these developers.  This included a case that was appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court and became law —Shuette v. Beazer Homes Holding Corp. That case is still good law in Nevada law.

 

I returned to California where I worked for another large law firm that represented subcontractors prior to starting my own construction law firm.

 

Education

Occidental College
California Western School of Law

Bar Admission

California 2000
Nevada 2000

Teaching

Adjust Professor , Paralegal Program, Las Vegas College 2000 2003

Publications

Maquiladoras and Women Workers: the Marginalization of Women in Mexico as a Means to Economic Development Vol. 4 No. 1, Southwestern Law and Trade in the Americas 1999
Professional Associations

  • California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors (CALPASC)
  • Building Industry Association (BIA)
  • American Bar Association
  • San Luis Obispo County Contractors Exchange
  • Santa Barbara Contractors Association
  • Santa Maria Contractors Association
  • Southern California Remodeling Counsel
    President
    Vice-President

Awards

Volunteer of the Year Award for Trade Contractors Council (2010)
Volunteer of the Year Award – Remodeler’s Council (2008)

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