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     James K. Ulwelling is a founding partner of Ulwelling | Siddiqui LLP.  His practice focuses on real estate, community association law, construction and business litigation.   Before forming Ulwelling | Siddiqui LLP, Jim was elected partner at a prominent Los Angeles-based firm, where he worked for six years as a litigator in the Orange County office.  Jim has been lead trial counsel in numerous lawsuits and arbitrations over the years, where he has exhibited skills in courtroom strategy, critical analysis and sophisticated advocacy. 


     Jim is actively engaged with professional groups serving the real estate, community association and business communities.  He is a member of the Real Property Section of the State Bar of California and the California Association of Community Managers.  He is a featured speaker for groups such as the Community Associations Institute, Chapman University School of Law, the Employer Advisory Council of Orange County, the Orange County Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Orange County Bar Association, and numerous commercial and residential real estate brokerages.  He has served on the Publications Committee and the Mediation Committee for the Community Associations Institute.  Jim has been published in periodicals and trade journals such as California Law Business, The Law Journal and OC View


     Jim received an undergraduate degree in Political Science from UCLA, where he received recognition on the Dean's List.  In 1994, he earned his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, where he served as Associate Editor of the Santa Clara Law Review.  He subsequently completed additional training as a mediator through the Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations and actively served as a community volunteer mediator. 


     Mr. Ulwelling has resided in Orange County since 1998.  He lives in Irvine with his wife and three daughters.  He enjoys camping and traveling with his family, as well as running, hiking, gardening, fishing and UCLA sports.



Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 40%
    22 years
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 25%
    22 years
  3. Business: 25%
    22 years
  4. Construction: 10%
    22 years



Hourly ($250-350/hour), contingent (20-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jim for several years now, and not only is he a great attorney, but a great guy as well. I have worked with Jim on a few different matters, and we have brainstormed together on real estate and mortgage related legal issues. Jim has a deep knowledge of real estate law and interrelated areas of law, and he has the ability to convey that knowledge in a simple and effective manner for his clients. I have recommended and will continue to recommend Jim to prospective clients in need of his services.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

695 Town Center Dr #700
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding ServiceCommunity Associate Institute Orange County Regional Chapter2002
Certificate of Appreciation for Commitment to the CommunityDispute Resolution Program Services1997
Law ReviewSanta Clara University School of Law1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerUlwelling | Siddiqui LLP2004 - Present
PartnerMorris Polich & Purdy LLP2004 - 2004
Associate AttorneyMorris, Polich & Purdy LLP1998 - 2004
Community MediatorSanta Clara County Office of Human Relations Dispute Resolution Institute1996 - 1998
Panel MediatorSanta Clara County Bar Association Coordinated Court-Related ADR Service1996 - 1996
Associate AttorneyNagle, Bustamante & O'Hara1995 - 1998
Associate AttorneyLaw Offices of Jeffrey P. Widman1994 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Community Associations InstituteAffiliate Member2004 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Real Estate Law SectionMember1998 - Present
State Bar of California, Real Property Law SectionMember1998 - Present
UCLA Alumni AssociationMember1990 - Present
Center ClubBen Franklin Forum2009 - 2014
Community Associations InstituteMediation Committee2004 - 2004
California Associations InstitutePublications Committee2004 - 2007
California Association of Community ManagersAffiliate Member2000 - 2014
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationADR Executive Committee1998 - 1998
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ali v. HabashiAchieved favorable settlement on eve of trial
Bellagio Jewelry, Inc. v. Croton Watch Company, Inc.Obtained judgment of $831,274 following trial
Chow v. Sea Harbour Homeowners AssociationPrevailed at trial against group of homeowners
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Publication nameTitleDate
California Association of Community Managers (CACM) Law JournalFannie Mae Shortens the Short Sale Process . . . and Other Changes to Come2012
California Association of Community Managers (CACM) Law JournalFannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FNMA, FHA, VHA - Oh My!2010
California Association of Community Managers (CACM) Law Journal2011 Legislative Update2010
OC ViewLegal Update: AB 1836 - Dispute Resolution Process2005
OC ViewCase Update: Emerald Bay v. Golden Eagle2005
OC ViewA Primer on the Formation and Functions of Committees2004
OC ViewDirectors' Liability for Failing to Fund Reserves2003
OC ViewLegislative Update: AB 25462003
California Association of Community Managers (CACM) Law JournalRecent Cases: Summary and Analysis2000
California Law BusinessDrop in the Bucket1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of California - Los AngelesPolitical ScienceOther - Bachelors1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2014 Legal ForumDeciphering the Code: Learn How to Read (and Actually Understand) Recorded Documents2014
SeminarAnti-Deficiency Laws and Short Sales2012
LuncheonEmployer Civil Liability for Holiday Parties2006
Guest LecturerMediation2005
LuncheonSignificant Trends and Cases Affecting the Architect2004
LuncheonDesign Zone: ADA, Accidents and Arbitration2004
LuncheonHollywood Esquires: A Legal Gameshow2003
LuncheonPriceless Legal Advice2002
Guest LecturerCommunity Based vs. Commercial Mediation1998