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Hunt Ortmann is one of the foremost authorities on California construction law, contracts, dispute resolution and litigation offering additional legal services in the areas of business and commercial law, employment matters and labor law compliance, real estate, insurance and suretyship.

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Shahirah Salem Ruddell




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Shahirah Ruddell focuses her practice on civil litigation with an emphasis in insurance coverage, construction, and real estate. Ms. Ruddell has experience representing a wide variety of clients, including landlords of both residential and commercial properties, business owners and entities, insurance companies and contractors in both private and public works projects.

Prior to joining Hunt Ortmann, Ms. Ruddell worked for a large general contractor where she gained experience handling payment disputes, bid protests, extra work claims, labor claims, stop payment notices, and actions on payment and performance bonds. Ms. Ruddell is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the California Young Lawyers’ Association, and the National Association of Women in Construction. Past and present volunteer activities include serving on the board of directors for a non-profit foundation for artists, community building, and youth empowerment mentoring.


  • J.D., University of West Los Angeles School of Law
  • University of California, Irvine

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