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Michelle Akerman

Michelle Akerman

(415) 995-5172


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.


J.D. cum laude University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings) ( 2009 )
B.A. University of California, Davis ( 2004 )

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Construction Section Leader
Women's Impact Network, Member

Association of General Contractors Legal Advisory Committee

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

Bar Association of San Francisco

"Bay Area Construction Resumes Today With Stringent Safety Rules," (May 2020)

California Lawyers Association, Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Legal Services Award (2022)

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