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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. A top-rated litigation attorney, she has experience in 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.



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

Admissions and Courts



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

"Hanson Bridgett Announces New Construction Section Leader," Law360 (July 2022)

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

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

Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, (2015-2019)