Diana M. Dron
T: 213/ 612-9900
F: 213/ 612-9930
Construction Law; Business Law; Construction Litigation; Construction Defect Litigation; Business Litigation; General Litigation
• Pepperdine University (J.D., 1979)
• The College of Idaho (B.S., 1975)
Ms. Dron received her undergraduate degree in 1975 from The College of Idaho ( now known as Albertson College of Idaho). While working for Stang Hydronics, Inc., she attended night school and received her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1978. She was promoted to the position of corporate counsel and, during her tenure, developed an expertise in construction dewatering and heavy manufacturing.
In 1984, Ms. Dron joined Monteleone & McCrory as a litigator. While she specializes in public and private construction law, Ms. Dron also has litigated and tried a variety of general business cases, labor and wage dispute matters, bond and indemnity claims, defended several “serious and willful” cases before the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, and defended employers in state court where the cause of the injury was alleged to be outside the exclusive jurisdiction of the Workers Compensation Appeals Board.
Moreover, during the last 20 years, Ms. Dron has developed an expertise in defending complicated construction defect cases – in the 1980s regarding architectural issues and soil subsidence and since 1996, for the ready mixed concrete industry. Ms. Dron was one of the trial attorneys in the first “sulfate attack” trial in California (Peters v. Brighton) in 1999. She also spent almost one year in trial (2004/2005) in Castron v. Fieldstone defending a concrete supplier against sulfate attack allegations – the trial team was successful in excluding a majority of plaintiffs’ junk science evidence in the first phase and obtained a complete defense verdict in the second phase.
Ms. Dron litigates and tries cases in both state and federal courts throughout California, as well as matters before commercial arbitrators. She also has acted as a private arbitrator on cases referred to her from the superior and municipal courts. She has earned the reputation as an aggressive and dedicated attorney.
Ms. Dron has been asked numerous times to speak in seminars for the construction industry on construction law, mechanic’s liens/stop notices/bond claims, and construction claims.
Ms. Dron is a member of several professional organizations, including the Orange County Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Legal Advisory Committee of the Associated General Contractors of California. She is admitted to practice before all state and most federal courts in California. She is also admitted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In her spare time, Ms. Dron likes to camp and fish with friends, travel and participate in Ed-Ventures with Productive Learning & Leisure, and is a volunteer for Albertson College of Idaho, the American Red Cross, and TreePeople.