James E. Drummond

James E. Drummond is a construction law attorney adept in contract negotiation, construction financing, and dispute resolution during the construction process. His practice includes litigation of contract and defect claims, representing a diverse clientele such as owners, architects, contractors, and suppliers in both private and public sectors.

James provides ‘real time’ legal advice to project managers and field staff, ensuring smooth construction operations. He also assists contractors with surety work-outs, demonstrating his proficiency in complex construction-related matters. Beyond construction law, his knowledge extends to business formation, real estate, and financial institution services, showcasing his versatile legal skills.


  • J.D., Stanford University Law School
  • B.A., University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (with Honors)

Areas Of Practice

Experienced, forward-thinking advocates who go beyond the expected for clients in dispute prevention and resolution.

Our construction attorneys have substantial experience with the diverse and often complex aspects of the construction business.

Our real estate practice is one of the largest in the American West, including Arizona, California, Colorado and Nevada with experience in all aspects of the real estate development process, from due diligence, acquisition and finance, through land use permitting and entitlements, to leasing and sale.

Awards and Honors

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top San Diego Lawyer by San Diego Magazine, 2015-2023
  • San Diego Super Lawyer, Construction Litigation


  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association


  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Ninth Circuit