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George William Wolff

Construction and development Attorney at San Francisco, CA

4.7   3 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 45 years
    New York - NY 41 years
    Illinois - IL 50 years
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1978
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1982
    Suspended No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 50 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1973
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About George

Learn George’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Construction and development
    Construction contracts, claims, disputes and litigation. We represent contractors, subcontractors, and property owners in disputes involving construction contracts, subcontracts, payment,extra work disputes, mechanics liens, inadequate construction plans, interference in the project, scheduling issues or unknown site conditions that result in additional expenses, and all other manner of related claims or disputes, including Construction defects actions re negligent work, leaks, mold, etc

    42 years, 100 cases

  2. Real estate
    We represent buyers, sellers and owners of residential or commercial property and condominiums in litigation involving purchase/sale contracts, real estate fraud. failure to disclose matters, water rights, nuisances, neighbor disputes, encroachment, easements and title disputes, construction issues, and similar matters.

    42 years, 55 cases

  3. Business

  4. Government contracts
    Public works and purchasing contracts, claims and disputes. We represent clients in local, state and federal government or public contracts. We handle bid protests, payment or performance disputes, stop notice and bond claims, Miller Act Claims, delay, force account, unforeseen site conditions, or extra work claims, collections and disagreements involving unforeseen site issues and other delays, subcontracts, listing law requirements, and all other disputes

    32 years, 20 cases

  5. Appeals
    We do Civil Appeals and Writ Petitions in Federal and California Appellate Courts

    50 years, 80 cases

  6. Arbitration
    We represent parties in business, real estate, investor and consumer arbitration proceedings of all types, including in compelling arbitration, in arbitration hearings, and in post-award proceedings to challenge, modify or vacate an arbitration award, and in enforcement proceedings. George Wolff has acted as an attorney and as neutral arbitrator in scores of binding arbitration cases re construction, real estate and business disputes

    42 years, 20 cases

  7. Lawsuits and disputes

    42 years, 20 cases

Born Aurora, Illinois; admitted to bar, 1973, Illinois; 1977, U.S. Supreme Court; 1978, California; 1982, New York, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1983, Trial Bar, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Education: Purdue University (B.S., in Civil Engineering, 1964); Stanford University (M.S., in Civil Engineering and Construction Management, 1965); University of California at Berkeley (M.B.A., in Finance and Real Estate, 1970); Northwestern University, School of Law, Chicago (1972-1973); University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco (J.D., 1973); Institute on International and Comparative Law, Paris, France (1981). Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Environmental Litigation Division, Attorney General of Illinois, Chicago, 1977-1981. Arbitrator, California State Construction Contract Arbitration Committee, California Office of Administrative Hearings, 1984

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The Law Office of George William Wolf
50 California Street, Suite 1514/1510
San Francisco, CA, 94111


4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Bryan | August 22, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Replies Very Quickly
I posted a question and Mr Wolff responded and even asked if he could review my case. It turned out that my case was too small and it was worth it for me to pursue out of court, which worked out just fine. I am very happy with how quickly Mr Wolff responded and explained what I should do in order to collect money owed. If a construction project goes south again, Mr Wolff is definitely the man I will call.
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Posted by M.W. | May 12, 2012
Excellent Construction attorney.
George Wolff is an excellent construction lawyer. He has helped my construction business greatly. He has profound legal knowledge and experience. He combines these with deep wisdom and common sense. I consider him to be at the very top in his profession.
Posted by Bruce & Cindy | May 6, 2010
Highly Recommended, Honest and High Work Ethics
We want to thank George Wolff for his wise counsel in helping us recuperate money for the reconstruction of our home. He kept us always informed and worked diligently and honestly on our case. We couldn't have done it without him.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-450 per hour
  • Contingency 10%-50%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Neutral Construction Arbitrator and Construction Mediator.
  • Wolff Law Office
  • 2012 - 2020
  • Construction Arbitrator on Public Works Projects
  • California Office of Administrative Hearings
  • 1987 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Sullivan, Jones & Archer
  • 1981 - 1983
  • Ass. Atty General and Chief Environmental Litigation Division
  • Attorney General Of Illinois
  • 1977 - 1981
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  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1973
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • MBA
  • 1970
  • Stanford University
  • MS
  • 1965
  • Purdue University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1964
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Contractor Fraud on Disabled Homeowner
  • We obtained a settlement with the contractor of $1,250,000, plus additional sums from the subcontractors or their insurers, for a total recovery of $1,532,000.
  • Construction Defcts and Contractor Fraud on Disabled Homeowner
  • We obtained a settlement with the contractor of $1,250,000, plus additional sums from the subcontractors or their insurers, for a total recovery of $1,532,000.
  • Construction Defects and Contractor Fraud on Disabled Homeowner
  • We obtained a settlement with the contractor of $1,250,000, plus additional sums from the subcontractors or their insurers, for a total recovery of $1,532,000.
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  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Bay Area Lawyers Network
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2011
  • Save San Francisco Bay Association
  • Chairperson, Legal Committe
  • 1989 - 1993
  • North Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Legal Counsel
  • 1985 - 1994
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Languages Spoken

  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Chi Epsilon
  • Chi Epsilon
  • 1964


  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Envirormental Law: Procedure and Noise Pollution chapters
  • 1981
  • Chicago-Kent Law Review
  • The Need for a Reform of Water Use Law
  • 1978
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Real Estate Law: Envirnonmental Law and Land Use
  • 1978

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Legal Seminar
  • California and Federal False Claims Act Claims on Public Contracts.
  • 2016
  • Seminar
  • Californa and Federal False Claims Act Liability
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
Endorse George
Construction and development Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"George Wolff probably has more construction law experience than any other S.F. attorney. He went to Stanford and has engineering and MBA degrees, as well as a JD. His hourly rates are low for someone with his credentials, and his billing practices are very fair. He gets all my construction law referrals."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Construction and development Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I frequently answer the same questions as Mr. Wolff on AVVO and have always found him to have an excellent understanding of construction law. He gives very sound and practical advice. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Construction and development Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"George is a fabulous attorney who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the area of Construction law. This a complex area of the law and you really need someone who understands the "nuts and bolts" of construction work as well as the legal intricacies of construction law. George is the expert on both."
Construction and development Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Wolff for several years and recommend him wholeheartedly for his expertise in construction defect litigation and lien management, and for his high ethical standards and ability. I have heard several of his lectures for other lawyers on construction law and related topics, and have always been impressed by his depth of knowledge, creative thinking, and good judgment. George Wolff has also advised me in connection with a construction defect arbitration, pointing out several legal issues that I had overlooked. I endorse Mr. Wolff and his law firm with out reservation."
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