James S. Hultz


James Hultz is a partner in the Newport Beach office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of insurance coverage, construction, and real estate disputes.

Mr. Hultz advises business entities in the development and implementation of their risk management programs, including the assessment, negotiation, and effective management of insurance and third party recovery resources.

Mr. Hultz also has extensive complex litigation experience where he represents property owners, developers, investors and general contractors in insurance coverage, construction, business and real estate disputes.

Throughout his career, Mr. Hultz has dedicated himself to assisting policy holders in disputes with insurance companies. He has helped clients recover millions of dollars in policy benefits, attorney’s fees and bad faith damages from insurers, through negotiation and litigation.

Mr. Hultz has been at the forefront pursuing and protecting rights that are paramount to the building industry. He was lead counsel responsible for the landmark appellate decision, Standard Pacific Corp. v. Superior Court (Garlow), which effectively ended the common practice of pleading around the Right to Repair Act and confirmed that builders have the absolute right to repair in the first instance.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Hultz attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California and subsequently spent several years traveling and working throughout Korea as an intelligence analyst and linguist.

• Author, "A Single Construction Defect Lawsuit as Multiple Occurrences: Five Reasons It Just Doesn't Add Up," Newmeyer & Dillion, May 24, 2017

• University of Southern California Law School - J.D., 2001
• San Diego State University - Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration, 1992; cum laude

• California, 2001
• United States District Court, Central District of California, 2001
• United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2001