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Hanson Bridgett LLP

Michelle Akerman

Michelle Akerman

Partner

Expertise

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

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

Hanson Bridgett LLP
California, U.S.A.

Profile

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

Education

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

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

Articles

San Francisco Imposes Quarantine on Travelers and Commuters from Outside the Bay Area with Two Exceptions for Construction Workers
Hanson Bridgett LLP, January 2021

The City and County of San Francisco (SF) issued a COVID-19 surge-related travel and quarantine order (Quarantine Order) on Dec. 16, 2020, and an updated Shelter-In-Place Order (SIP Order) on December 9 (updated Dec. 30, 2020). Under those orders, every person who enters SF after having been outside the Bay Area within the last ten days must quarantine for 240 hours from the time of arrival in SF. However, two exceptions apply to those working on construction projects in SF...

Bay Area Counties Issue New Orders Permitting Construction to Resume with Conditions
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2020

Key Points:  Bay Area counties issued new Shelter Orders on April 29, 2020 allowing all construction to resume. The new Shelter Orders include detailed Construction Safety Protocols that construction jobsites must comply with. There is one Construction Safety Protocol for “small” construction projects, and a more rigorous Construction Safety Protocol for “large” construction projects...

New Orders from 6 Bay Area Counties Require Face Coverings to be Worn During Work in Most Circumstances
Hanson Bridgett LLP, April 2020

Key Points: Face coverings are now mandatory for most workers in six Bay Area counties. These orders apply to those working in proximity to others and in areas frequented by the public, and to all essential infrastructure workers. There are immediate implications for public agencies, contractors, and construction project owners...

Additional Articles

"San Francisco Imposes Quarantine on Travelers and Commuters from Outside the Bay Area with Two Exceptions for Construction Workers," co-author, Construction Alert (January 2021)
"Business Realities in the Age of COVID-19," co-author, Seniors Housing Business (June 2020)
"Bay Area Counties Issue New Orders Permitting Construction to Resume with Conditions," co-author, Construction Law Alert (May 2020)
"New Orders from 6 Bay Area Counties Require Face Coverings to be Worn During Work in Most Circumstances," co-author, Government + Construction Law Alert (April 2020)
"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)


Blogs

Appellate Insight
Hanson Bridgett LLP 

A Hanson Bridgett blog updating on current Appellate news/events.

HB Briefly
Hanson Bridgett LLP 

Briefly is designed to provide readers with updates on the latest litigation developments in California. Our focus is on general litigation as well as issues surrounding class actions, products liability, discovery, privacy, cybersecurity, and the professional practice of law.

Infrastructure Law Blog
Hanson Bridgett LLP 

Insights on California and national public works construction issues

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