Mary V.J. Cataldo
Senior Counsel
525 B Street, Suite 2200
San Diego, CA 92101

Professional Summary

Mary V. J. Cataldo advises clients on a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Mary’s practice focuses on litigation, trust and estates litigation. She is experienced in fiduciary and surcharge actions and financial abuse.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained judgment in quiet title action between tenants in common in the amount of $214,246.17.
  • Obtained $2M default Judgment on behalf of Trustee against former Trustee for bad faith and elder financial abuse.
  • Obtained judgment defeating attack on Trust by former spouse alleging she was entitled to a share of the Trust as a pretermitted spouse.
  • Assisted in complex breach of fiduciary duty and surcharge action against Trustee, involving extensive recreation of documentary history and accounting information, resulting in judgment in excess of $3M.


  • James Pfeiffer Award, Conference of California Bar Associations, 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating
  • "Top Lawyers,” San Diego Magazine, 2014-2018
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego North County Chapter Community Service Award, 2012
  • North County Bar Association “Attorney of the Year,” 2006


  • Conference of California Bar Associations - Board of Directors (2017-2020)
  • American Bar Association
  • North County Bar Association – Director (2003-2005, 2007-2009), President (2010)
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program – Board of Directors


  • JD, Western State University College of Law, 1994
  • BA, The University of Arizona, with honors, 1975

News Coverage

  • “SDVLP adds 2 new board members,” The Daily Transcript, March 27, 2014.


  • Presenter. “Up, Up & Away:  Going Paperless in the Cloud.”  Career & Technology Conference, San Diego Paralegal Association, October 13, 2018.