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About Pam:

Pam Scholefield has been practicing exclusively in the area of construction law since 1998 and is known for her highly informative, yet entertaining training style.  She is often engaged by clients and trade organizations to provide training, workshops, and key-note presentations covering topics such as:

  • Understanding and managing contracts terms,

  • Negotiating contracts,

  • Navigating notice, change order and claims procedures,

  • Effective project management,

  • Protecting payment rights,

  • Negotiation Skills; and

  • Disputes and Dispute Resolution Processes (ADR).

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For several years, Pam taught the masters level Construction Claims course for the College of Civil Engineering at San Diego State University and for over 15 years she has taught licensing and construction law classes through an electrical apprentice program.

 

Pam's private law practice includes both transaction work (focused on negotiating construction contracts) and litigation (including mediation and other ADR processes), representing developers, contractors and wholesale distributors, whether plaintiffs or defendants,  involving commercial, public works and federal projects. She is often sought out for complex construction cases involving disputes related to scope of work, change orders, delays, and work quality. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Pam worked as an engineer for General Electric's Electrical Distribution and Controls Division, culminating her 10-year career as an Area Manager before resigning to attend law school.

When she's not thinking about contracts, Pam loves hiking, camping, and adventures and is a bit of a risk-taker, once traveling cross-country in 46 hours on her Harley Softail Deluxe and helping sail the 46' Catamaran, Bel Gato, through the Panama Canal and up the coast to Costa Rica.

 

She has recently taken up endurance racing in a 1991 Mazda MX-5 (NA), and is determined to master California Tracks such as Willow Springs Raceway, Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and one day finding her way to Watkins Glenn International and Road America.

Pam is also a dog lover and volunteers as a transporter for Dobies and Little Paws Rescue in Fillmore, CA.

Awards

Pam is very active in the construction industry and has received the following awards:

  • Associated General Contractors – “Construction Industry Excellence Award”, 2020 – awarded to one company each year.  This award recognizes the high level of integrity and ethics in the company’s business practice, and for going above and beyond normal expectation in its commitment to supporting the AGC, the construction industry and the community.

  • Associated General Contractors – “Affiliate of the Year”, 2020 – awarded to one individual each year.  This award recognizes the individual’s commitment to the principals of skill, integrity, and responsibility.

  • NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) – “Above and Beyond Award”, 2020.  This special award was to recognize the efforts Scholefield and her team made to support the industry as a whole during the pandemic.

  • Associated General Contractors – “Construction Industry Professionalism Award”, 2012, 2016 – awarded to one individual each year.  This award recognizes an individual's professional performance and achievements and their strong support of the AGC by committee involvement and participation. This award is given to an individual who goes above and beyond the normal expectations of their company in their efforts to support the industry and the members of the AGC.

  • NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) – “Associate Member of the Year Award”, 2016.  This  award was to recognize Scholefield's commitment to NECA and the Electrical Industry.

  • Associated General Contractors – “Rookie of the Year”, 2009 – awarded to one new member each year who offers significant contribution to the organization serving on committees and participating in and attending member functions & events.

  • San Diego Daily Transcript – Semi-Finalist “Top Attorney”, 2009

  • San Diego Daily Transcript – Finalist “Top Attorney”, 2007

  

Licenses

Professional Engineer’s License, State of Colorado – 1992-present, License #28104

State Bar of California, SBN #196368 – 1998 - present.

Admitted to practice in all U.S. Federal Districts in California, and the Ninth Circuit

Hawaii State Bar, JD# 10570 – 2016 - present

 

Education

Juris Doctorate – 1998, University of San Diego, cum laude. Executive editor of Law Review; 

B.S. Industrial & Systems Engineering – 1984, University of Florida, with Honors. 

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