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Pavone & Fonner, LLP is a registered California limited liability partnership consisting of Attorney Benjamin Pavone and Attorney Kimberley Fonner, both of whom are experienced 20-year attorneys. The firm enjoys the challenge of complex litigation, but also understands the idea of trust. Pavone & Fonner has earned that trust and may take on those less delicate legal matters for past clients.

Attorney Pavone is a seasoned trial lawyer. He is a graduate of Cornell University and UCLA School of Law. He has litigated civil actions in San Diego since his admission to practice in the 1990’s. In that time, counsel has tried numerous cases, won victories of all sorts and types, and advocated for all kinds of people and entities.

Attorney Kimberley Fonner is also an experienced litigator, who worked at Wilson Sonsini in Palo Alto, California for 10 years and represented a variety of corporate and tech firms. Ms. Fonner is a graduate of Santa Clara University and Boalt Hall School of Law.

Pavone & Fonner utilizes a variety of support staff, by assembling a team of attorneys that fits the need of a particular legal effort. At times, Attorney Pavone has managed as many as 12 associate lawyers in prosecuting a case, but utilizes 1-3 associates for most matters.

Pavone & Fonner are in your corner so feel free to give us a call so we may put your mind at ease with EXPERT legal advice. We will listen with our thousands of hours of legal advice in all spectrums of the law.


Because of the two partners’ wide experience, the firm is competent to handle a variety of litigation matters throughout San Diego, Southern California, California, and even nationally.  Our team will fight for you, and with you, every step of the way so you may focus on the other of life’s many responsibilities as we solve your legal dilemma .  We strongly emphasize that we will protect you today, and tomorrow.

san diego harbor pavone fonner law firmAttorney Pavone has brought and tried fraud, breach, personal injury, civil rights, real estate disputes, probate, and shareholder and corporate actions.

Counsel is extensively experienced in appellate practice and routinely seeks and obtains permission to litigate in other courts and forums in order to manage complex litigation.

In one recent case, counsel obtained permission to appear in Indiana in order to ensure continuity that was otherwise litigated in a California probate court, federal and appellate forums.

Most cases are brought in California. The majority are filed in San Diego.

Pavone & Fonner also periodically partners with other firms including one notable effort in which Attorney Pavone led a team consisting of five separate law firms in pursuit of relief for several hundred mass tort claimants.

No matter the type of case, the commitment of the firm is to prepare high quality, detailed legal work as reflected by our experience in achieving the best outcome for our clients.


Our Attorneys

Kimberley Fonner

Trial Lawyer

Ms. Fonner has assisted in the representation of firm clients such as Amkor Technology, Inc., 3Com Corporation, Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., Hasbro, Inc., J.D. Edwards & Company, Quickturn Design Systems, Inc., and Hewlett-Packard Company.  

Benjamin Pavone

Trial Lawyer

Mr. Pavone has represented everyone from the homeless to billion dollar conglomerates, in contract scuffles, probate battles, real estate disputes, mass personal injury actions and everything in between. A skilled litigator that brings 25 years of legal experience.

Areas of Practice

Business Law

Business Law or Commercial Law is law that governs all business and commerce.

Class Action Lawsuit

Employment law encompassing all areas of the employer/employee relationship. 

Civil Rights Law

Laws that give citizens of a society certain rights and social freedoms within that society.

Contract Law

Verbal agreements are nice, but unfortunately Contracts are necessary.

Criminal Law

Categorized Laws established by local and federal governments to adhere society.

Employment Law

Employment law encompassing all areas of the employer/employee relationship. 

Litigation Law

Laws that focus on the buying and selling of land.

Probate Law / Wills

Law that handles the responsibilities and assets of a departed loved one.

Real Estate Law

Laws that focus on the buying and selling of land.

Tort Law

Tort law occurrs when a Crime can’t be defined, but one party has Negligence in the Act. 

Wrongful Death

When a person believes that a loved one’s death was responsible because of one’s actions or in-actions.


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