Bob Blum is a litigator who represents contractors and owners on construction claims and clients in many industries on tort, contract and indemnity claims. He counsels clients on lawyers’ professional responsibility matters and represents creditors in bankruptcy cases.
With more than three decades of experience, I focus my practice in the following areas.
I represent construction, energy, vegetation management, financial services and retail sales clients in contract disputes and liability and indemnity claims related to contract performance. I am deeply involved in the defense of liability and indemnity claims related to major wildfires in California and the western United States, and more recently in other parts of the country.
I represent contractors and owners in construction claims and litigation, including claims on major construction projects—such as airports, highways, nuclear and fossil fuel power plants, water treatment projects and commercial buildings. I also handle claims on smaller projects—such as residential and retail construction.
For years, I served as the general counsel of an AmLaw 100 law firm. I use that experience in my representation of lawyers and law firms concerning conflicts of interest and partnership disputes and other clients re privilege and legal malpractice issues.
I represent creditors in bankruptcy litigation—such as preferences, offsets, disputes concerning property of the estate and relief from the automatic stay.
Legal liability for wildfires is in major transition. Legislative, regulatory, and insurance industry responses to the catastrophic California wildfires in 2017 and 2018 are rapidly changing the risk profiles and the legal and business strategies that are advisable for companies involved with electric power generation, transmission, and distribution.
Bob is a frequent lecturer and instructor in continuing legal education programs on issues of professional responsibility (e.g., conflicts of interest, conflict waivers and fee agreements, duties of confidentiality and multi-jurisdictional law practices).
Duke University School of Law, J.D., (Notes and Comments Editor, Duke Law Journal)
Northwestern University, B.S., cum laude
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
Bob was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 in the fields of Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; and Litigation—Construction; and was named the 2022 San Francisco “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation—Construction. Bob was also designated the San Francisco “Lawyer of the Year” in 2020 for Construction Law, and in 2018 and 2020 for Litigation—Construction. He has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2013.
Bob has also received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale Hubbell®—the highest possible rating for ethics and legal ability.
Bob has served as a member of the California Urban Forests Council’s board of directors since 2013