Mark A. Habib is a graduate of Pepperdine School of Law. Joining Peters, Habib, McKenna, Juhl-Rhodes & Cardoza, LLP in 1991, Mr. Habib’s practice focuses primarily on litigation with an emphasis on real estate and easement related issues, public entity and public utility law, timber trespass cases, eminent domain acquisitions and defenses, and serious personal injury cases.
Mr. Habib has resolved through jury trial, court trial, arbitration, mediation, and direct negotiations a broad variety of cases involving commercial leases, real estate broker disclosure and standard of care cases, personnel terminations by municipalities and corporations, eminent domain acquisitions, inverse condemnation, nuisance, trespass, cases involving serious personal injury, cases involving the abuse of minors, dangerous condition of public property cases, Section 1983 Civil Rights litigation, timber trespass cases, and fire cases.
Mr. Habib also serves as a private mediator and has been appointed by the Court as a Special Master to help resolve complex cases. Resolving cases promptly and fairly on the merits when possible, without undue cost or expense to clients, is a primary objective of Mr. Habib’s practice.
During his tenure with the firm, Mr. Habib has represented public utility clients and several municipal clients in Northern California. Mr. Habib has served as lead litigation counsel and conducted jury trials or other court proceedings in most of the counties of Northern California.
As lead counsel, Mr. Habib and Ms. Juhl-Rhodes recently obtained a landmark victory for public entities in the area of inverse condemnation law. The California Supreme Court decision, City of Oroville v. Superior Court of Butte County (2019) 7 Cal.5th 1091, was the first inverse condemnation decision in over two decades and was the culmination of a decade of litigation in the Superior Court, Appellate Court, and ultimately, the California Supreme Court. On May 13, 2020, Mr. Habib and Ms. Juhl-Rhodes’ victory was recognized by the premier legal journal, the Daily Journal. Mr. Habib and Ms. Juhl-Rhodes were named California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year in the 24th Annual CLAY Awards.