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James K. Ulwelling

James Ulwelling is a founding partner of Ulwelling | Siddiqui LLP. His practice focuses on general civil litigation, real estate, community association law, construction and the representation of design professionals. Before forming Ulwelling | Siddiqui LLP, Mr. Ulwelling was elected partner at a prominent Los Angeles-based firm, where he worked for six years as a litigator in the Orange County office. Mr. Ulwelling 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.

Mr. Ulwelling 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 Orange County Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Community Associations Institute, the Employer Advisory Council of Orange County, Chapman University School of Law and numerous commercial and residential real estate brokerages. He has served on the Publications Committee and Mediation Committee for the Community Associations Institute. Mr. Ulwelling has been published in periodicals and trade journals such as California Law Business, The Law Journal and OC View.

Mr. Ulwelling received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he achieved recognition on the Dean's List. In 1994, he earned his Juris Doctor 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 served as a community volunteer mediator. Mr. Ulwelling relocated from the Bay Area to Orange County in 1998 and now lives in Irvine, CA with his wife and three daughters.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Community Associations
  • Construction
  • Design Professional Liability

Bar Admissions


U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • Santa Clara University School of Law
    J.D. 1994 (Associate Editor, Santa Clara Law Review)
  • University of California at Los Angeles, UCLA
    B.A. 1990 (Dean's List)

Speeches and Publications

  • Author, 2012 Fannie Mae Shortens the Short Sale Process…and Other Changes to Come, CACM Law Journal, Winter 2012
  • Author, 2011 Legislative Update, CACM Law Journal, Winter 2010
  • Author, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FNMA, FHA, VHA – Oh My!, CACM Law Journal, Spring 2010
  • Speaker, Employer Civil Liability for Holiday Parties, Employer Advisory Council of Orange County, December 7, 2006
  • Guest Lecturer, Mediation, Chapman University School of Law, Orange County, California, November 14, 2005
  • Author, Case Update: Emerald Bay v. Golden Eagle, OC View, September/October 2005
  • Author, Legal Update: AB 1836 – Dispute Resolution Process, OC View, January/February 2005
  • Author, A Primer on the Formation and Functions of Committees: OC View, September/October 2004
  • Speaker, Design Zone: ADA, Accidents and Arbitration, AIA Orange County Chapter, May 26, 2004
  • Speaker, Significant Trends and Cases Affecting the Architect, AIA Orange County Chapter, December 11, 2003

Professional and Legal Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association, Real Property Section
  • State Bar of California, Real Property Section
  • Community Associations Institute, Publications Committee
  • Community Associations Institute, Mediation Committee
  • California Association of Community Managers
  • Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations, Dispute Resolution Program Services