Our People

Robert J. Marks

Robert J. Marks has been practicing law for over 40 years.  As a former attorney at the U.S. Army Office of the Chief Trial Attorney, Mr. Marks gained significant experience handling government contract disputes.  He was later the in-house general counsel for a California construction company that specialized in federal government construction projects.  For the last 30-plus years, Mr. Marks has represented prime contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in a wide range of contract and construction disputes, including bid protests, changes, differing site conditions, excusable delays, compensable delays, accelerations, extended performance issues, terminations, breach of contract, and defense of False Claims Act claims before California courts, federal courts, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, and numerous state and local agencies.  He has extensive litigation experience with numerous jury trials, bench trials, administrative board hearings and arbitrations.

Mr. Marks is a member of the California bar, and practices before California state and federal courts, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the United States Court of Federal Claims.  He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Washington & Lee University, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute.

Davide Golia

Davide Golia began his legal career in 1985 with a regional law firm specializing in government contracts, public works construction, private and commercial construction, and business litigation.  Subsequently, he was recruited by the international firm of Finley, Kumble, Wagner, Heine, Underberg, Manley, Myerson & Casey, where he represented Fortune 500 clients and litigated complex and multimillion dollar cases.  Later, he and Mr. Marks founded Marks & Golia, LLP, where they practiced construction law together for over 20 years. From 2011 to 2018, Mr. Golia was an executive with a large public and private works construction company.

Throughout the course of his legal career, Mr. Golia has represented clients in litigation involving construction, business disputes, real estate and regulatory matters.  He has tried numerous jury trials, bench trials, administrative hearings and arbitrations, many lasting more than 20 trial days.  He has won cases before numerous California trial and appellate courts, and has also been involved in a number of published appellate decisions.

Mr. Golia is a member of the California bar.  He has practiced before the California state and federal courts, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the Engineering Board of Contract Appeals, and the Arizona state courts.  He has served on several committees of the San Diego Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, and was on its Board of Directors in 2005, 2006 and 2008.  Mr. Golia earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego, where he was a member of the San Diego Law Review.

R.J. Pinto

R.J. Pinto represents prime contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and developers in commercial, construction and government contract disputes.  Mr. Pinto has extensive experience with contract and construction issues, including material breach, changes, delays, acceleration, inefficiency claims, performance issues and defaults, bid protests and set-aside issues, false claims, and stop notice, lien and bond issues.  He has been involved in two month-long jury trials, both of which resulted in favorable verdicts, and numerous arbitrations and appeals before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.

Mr. Pinto is a member of the California bar, and practices before California state and federal courts.  He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and was editor-in-chief of the San Diego Law Review.  During law school, Mr. Pinto externed for a federal judge and a state appellate court judge.  Mr. Pinto received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego.

Sara Miller

Sara Miller brings twelve years of experience in the design and construction industry to her legal practice.  She is a licensed architect and has a degree in construction management.  Sara began her professional career as an architect and project manager, working on a wide range of institutional and hospitality projects across the country.  She has extensive experience with public and private design-build and design-bid-build projects; contract review and negotiation; project acquisition, administration and closeout; interface with owners, design professionals, construction managers and contractors; and construction issues relating to scope, performance and changes.

Sara is a member of the California bar, and practices before California state and federal courts.  She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude and order of the coif, and was a member of the San Diego Law Review.  Sara received a Master of Science in Construction Management from Central Connecticut State University, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Adam Gati

Adam Gati represents clients in a broad array of commercial and business matters.  Adam is an experienced litigator who handles contract, real estate, construction, and commercial and residential landlord/tenant issues.  He manages cases from pre-litigation through trial, and has substantial law and motion experience.

Before joining the firm, Adam operated a successful solo practice for over four years, representing clients in general legal matters with a focus on real estate, landlord/tenant and estate planning.

Adam is a member of the California State Bar.  He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Trinity Law School, graduating in the top five percent of his class.

Marielle

Marielle is the firm’s office manager and legal assistant.  She handles administrative and financial matters for the firm, and provides legal support for its attorneys.