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Hanson Bridgett LLP

Michelle Akerman

Michelle Akerman



  • Real Estate
  • Construction
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution

WSG Practice Industries


Hanson Bridgett LLP
California, U.S.A.


Michelle represents owners, general contractors, lenders, and subcontractors in all manner of construction-related disputes. Her experience includes contract negotiation, claim preparation and evaluation, and prosecution and defense of contractor claims from pre-litigation through trial. She represents clients before state courts, federal courts, and arbitration tribunals, and has resolved numerous complicated construction disputes at mediation. Michelle’s practice has particular emphasis on private commercial and mass residential construction projects.

Michelle is a top rated litigation attorney in San Francisco, and has been named a "Northern California Super Lawyer" by San Francisco magazine from 2015 through 2019.

Bar Admissions

  • California


J.D., cum laude, University of California, Hastings College of the Law (2009)
B.A., University of California, Davis (2004)
Areas of Practice

Construction | Litigation & Dispute Resolution | Litigation & Dispute Resolution | Real Estate

Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • The Bar Association of San Francisco's Justice & Diversity Center, Board of Directors
  • Bar Association of San Francisco

Professional Activities and Experience

  • Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney, SuperLawyers (2014-2019)


Construction to Continue For Now Following Governor Newsom’s "Stay at Home" Order
Hanson Bridgett LLP, March 2020

  On March 19, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom and the Director of the California Department of Public Health ordered all Californians to stay home, “except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.” The order provides that the State Public Health Officer “[m]ay designate additional sectors as critical in order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians...

UPDATED: Important Shelter-in-Place Exceptions for Some Construction Activities
Hanson Bridgett LLP, March 2020

Many jurisdictions in Northern California and throughout the State have ordered individuals who live in those communities to shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. In addition, all businesses except for “Essential Businesses” have been ordered to close. Certain construction activities, however, are exempt from the Shelter-in-Place orders, including housing projects and public works...

Additional Articles

"Bay Area Counties Further Restrict Construction, Extend Shelter-in-Place Orders Until May 3, 2020," co-author, Construction Law Alert (April 2020)
"Construction to Continue For Now Following Governor Newsom’s "Stay at Home" Order," co-author, Construction + Government Law Alert (March 2020)
"Important Shelter-in-Place Exceptions for Some Construction Activities," co-author, Construction Law Alert (March 2020)
Note, Brown v. United States, the Paquete Habana, and the Executive, 60 HASTINGS L.J. 149 (2008)

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