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H. James Wulfsberg

  • Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP
  • Suite 900
    1901 Harrison Street
  • Oakland, California 94612
  • Email:
  • Phone: (510) 903-8826
  • Cell:
  • Company Phone: (510) 273-8780
  • Fax: (510) 839-9104


  • Undergraduate: BA University of Southern California, 1966
  • Law School: University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1969

Professional Activities

  • Member, ABA Fidelity and Surety Law Committee
  • Member, ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, ABA Section of Public Contract Law
  • Member, ABA Section of Tort & Insurance Practice
  • Member, ABA Construction Litigation Committee
  • Member, American College of Construction Lawyers
  • Member, Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member, San Francisco City and County Bar Association
  • Certified Arbitrator, California State Construction Contract Arbitration Committee

Public Recognition:

  • The International Who’s Who  Construction Lawyers: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • The International Who’s Who  Business Lawyers: 2008, 2009
  • The Legal 500 United States: 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Northern California Super Lawyers: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Corporate Counsel Super Lawyers: 2009

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

  • Author, “Key to avoiding Litigation is Performing Defensively,” Architectural Record, (1979)
  • Author, “Prepared Defense of Delay Claims,” Architectural Record, (1980)
  • Co-author, “The Deskbook of Construction Contract Law”
  • Contributing Author, “Avoiding Liability inArchitecture, Design and Construction: An Authoritative and Practical Guide for Design,” John Wiley & Sons, (1983)
  • Contributing Author, “Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Construction Industry  The Wiley Guide to Handling Construction Disputes Through Arbitration, Mediation and Mini Trials,”
  • Author, “Construction Contracts and Litigation 1987: The 1986 Commercial General Liability Insurance Program,” Practising Law Institute, (1987)
  • Contributing Author, “Design and Construction Contracts  New Forms  New Realities,” American Bar Association, (1987)
  • Author, “Managing Insurance Claims in aClaims-Made/Cost Inclusive World,” ConstructionLitigation Superconference, San Francisco, (1990)
  • Contributing Author, “Construction Contracts and Litigation 1990″ What Every Owner/Contractor Should Know About Hazardous Waste and Toxic Torts,” Practising Law Institute, (1990)
  • Author, “Construction and Design Agreements: Negotiation, Drafting & Litigation/Surety Claims Factual Summary,” Prentice Hall Law & Business, (1990)
  • Author, “Strategy and Tactics in EnvironmentalInsurance Litigation ( From the Insurer’sPerspective),” The Environmental Insurance Law Institute, (1990)
  • Author, “Advantages of Arbitrating Construction Disputes: Alternative Dispute Resolution in theConstruction Industry,” John Wiley & Sons, (1991)
  • Contributing Author, “1992 Supplement to Construction Subcontracting: A Legal Guide for IndustryProfessionals,” Chapter 7, “Subcontracting andInsurance: Protection and Sources of Recovery,” John Wiley & Sons, (1992)
  • Author, Co-author, Numerous other articles, papers and publications

Speeches, Panel Discussions, and Seminars:

  • “The Rights and Obligations of the Bonding Company,” The Associated General Contractors of California, (1980)
  • “Construction Contract Disputes,” New York Management Center, Inc., (1980,1981)
  • “What Does Your Viewpoint of a Project Manager Include?,” Project Management Institute, (1982)
  • “Construction Delay Claims,” Suemik Company, Seattle, (1983), San Francisco and San Diego, (1984)
  • “In-House Construction Claims Seminar,” University of Texas System, Austin, (1984)
  • “Construction Claims From the Architect/Engineer Viewpoint,” CEMC/Engineering News Program
  • “Arbitration of Construction Disputes,” Suemik Company, Ltd., Las Vegas, (1985)
  • “Revolution in Construction Industry Insurance and Surety Law: Current Developments and Trends,” ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry and the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee ofthe Section of Tort and Insurance Practice, New York, (1987)
  • “Construction Contracts/Construction Litigation (The Commercial General Liability Insurance Program),” Practising Law Institute, San Francisco, (1987)
  • “Design and Construction Contracts/New Forms-NewRealities,” American Bar Association, Beverly Hills & New York, (1987)
  • “Effective CPM Scheduling,” Northwest Center for Professional Education, San Francisco, (1987)
  • Speaker, In-house seminar for Fluor Constructors, Inc. Employees, Irvine, (1988)
  • Guest Speaker, Computer Animation, Cable Network News, Oakland, (1988)
  • “Construction Claims Seminar for Counties of San Bernadino and Riverside, California, San Bernadino, (1988)
  • “AIA-New Documents,” Practising Law Institute, San Francisco, (1988)
  • “Negotiating Construction and DesignAgreements,” Prentice Hall Law & Business, SanFrancisco, New York, Atlanta, (1988); Orlando, (1989)
  • “Construction Contracts and Litigation,” Practising Law Institute, San Francisco (1988, 1990)
  • “Claims Prevention, Presentation and Resolution,” Wagner-Hohns-Inglis, Inc., County of Orange, (1989)
  • “Construction Contracts and Litigation: What EveryOwner/Contractor Should Know About Hazardous Waste and Toxic Torts,” Practising Law Institute, San Francisco, (1989)
  • “Construction Claims  PI/PD,” New Jersey, (1989)
  • “Construction Training Seminar,” Northwest Indian Housing Authority/HUD-sponsored, Seattle, (1989)
  • “Strategy and Tactics in Environmental Insurance Litigation (From the Insurer’s Perspective),”The Environmental Insurance Law Institute, (1980)
  • “Latest Developments Relating to Construction Claims and Litigation,” Superconference, New York, (1990)
  • “Liability in Terms of Constructability Principles,” Western Council of Construction Consumers, Los Angeles, (1990)
  • “Litigation Tactics and Strategy,” Executive Enterprises, Inc., San Francisco, (1990)
  • “Construction and Design Agreements: Negotiation,Drafting & Litigation,” Prentice Hall Law &Business, New York, Atlanta, Vail, (1990)
  • “Quality in the Constructed Project,” CCL Construction Consultants, Long Beach, (1990)
  • “Preventing Construction Disputes,” Women in Construction, San Francisco, (1991)
  • “Handling Liability Claims,” Amerind RiskManagement Corporation Annual Safety Fair, Mesa, Arizona, (1991)

Various lectures and seminars for the American Bar Association, the Practising Law Institute, the New York University Continuing Education Program on Real Estate Law, Advanced Management Research and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Suemik Company, Ltd., Prentice Hall Law & Business, and Wagner-Hohns-Inglis, Inc.

Construction claims management consultation for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the University of Texas System, the Washington Public Power Supply System and the National Association of Housing Authorities.

On various panels for the American Bar Association and the California Continuing Education of the Bar.”

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court (N.D., S.D., E.D., and C.D.. Cal.)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Cir.)
  • The United States District Court of Nevada
  • Wayne County Michigan Circuit Court
  • The United States District Court of Missouri
  • The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

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