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Thomas H. Carlson
Jeffery M. Chiow
Robert C. Goodman
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John G. Heller
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Neil H. O'Donnell
Robert M. Osier
Dean D. Paik
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Sharon Ongerth Rossi
Aaron M. Scolari
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Renée D. Wasserman
Alan J. Wilhelmy
Virginia K. Young
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Alan J. Wilhelmy
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Areas of Practice

Mr. Wilhelmy is a member of the firm's Construction Law Practice Group.

Professional Qualifications

Mr. Wilhelmy has extensive experience representing architects, engineers, contractors, owners and suppliers in all phases of construction.

Mr. Wilhelmy’s construction practice includes contract review and negotiation, insurance analysis, coverage and claims, and securing the rights of his clients to payment from preliminary notices to various payment remedies, including stop notices, mechanic’s liens and bond claims. He has extensive experience in both private and public contracting, including bid protests on public works. He has litigated, mediated, and arbitrated construction disputes of all types, including complex construction payment disputes and construction defect cases. Mr. Wilhelmy has substantial experience in representing engineers in the defense of professional liability claims.

In addition to representing general engineering and general building contractors, he has represented window, curtain wall and building envelope contractors, electrical and mechanical contractors including contractors specializing in underground fuel storage tank work, concrete and paving contractors, marine contractors, and plumbing and electrical suppliers. He has represented design professionals of all types including architects, geotechnical engineers, structural engineers and mechanical engineers specializing in refinery piping design.

Mr. Wilhelmy has represented clients in highway and bridge construction, jail construction, and water treatment and water pumping plant construction. He has counseled clients and litigated disputes involving large retail projects, schools, fuel storage facilities, hospitals, and performing arts projects. Mr. Wilhelmy also represents clients in real estate disputes and in general business litigation.

Mr. Wilhelmy serves as an arbitrator on the Construction Industry Panel and the Large and Complex Case Panel of the American Arbitration Association, and the California Public Works Contract Arbitration Panel. He serves on the Settlement Mentor Panel for the Contra Costa Superior Court. He is a member of the Associated General Contractors of California Legal Advisory Committee. Mr. Wilhelmy has presented seminars to architects, engineers and other construction professionals on a variety of topics including professional liability and payment remedies.


J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1985

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1979

Bar Admissions
California - 1986


Recent Publications and Public Speaking

Issues in Construction Mediation, presented for Lexvid Professional Education, November 4, 2014

"The Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Guide" Thomson-West, 2014 (contributing author)

Arbitration for Litigators, presented at the State Bar Meeting, October 12, 2013

A Contractor By Any Other Name Is Not A Contractor, RJO Update: Case Law Alert (PDF) December 2012 (co-authored)

CA Supreme Court Clarifies Rule on Contractor Claims
(PDF) Published in California Constructor, Vol. 41, No. 3, March 2011

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