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Innovative And Tailored Approach To Meet Your Legal Needs

Solutions that help you resolve the legal challenges you or your business face.

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San Diego-Based Construction And Insurance Law Attorneys

If you are facing complex issues in construction, insurance law or litigation, you know you must take decisive action to protect your interests. At Buscemi Hallett LLP, our proven attorneys help you do that, inside and outside of the courtroom.

Attorneys at Buscemi Hallett LLP are well-recognized in their areas of practice and included in the California Super Lawyers list, rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, featured as Top Lawyers by San Diego Magazine and were presented the Client Satisfaction Award from Avvo. Give us a call today at 619-821-9163 to discuss your specific situation in a no-cost strategy consultation. From our office in San Diego, we represent clients throughout Southern California and across the United States.


Recovered in complex business loss from commercial general liability carrier following refusal to accept settlement demand.


Recovered in complex construction dispute and secured a cumis defense counsel for client after carrier initially refused to provide a full defense and refused to settle within its policy limits despite exposure well in excess of limits.


Recovered from commercial auto carrier after initial settlement refusal through conflicted defense counsel.


Recovered full policy limits for an employee dishonesty claim brought by an institutional client that client had previously closed with no recovery.

Practice Areas

Construction Law

Personal Insurance Disputes

Business Insurance Disputes


Super Lawyers
AV | Martindale-Hubbell | Preeminent | Peer Rated For Highest Level of Professional Excellence | 2020
Avvo Rating 10.0 | David E Hallett | Top Attorney
Rated By Super Lawyers | Michael Buscemi |
San Diego Magazine Top Lawyers
America's Top 100 | 2021 | Bet-The Company Litigators | Top 100
Top Lawyers of San Diego | 2022 | David E. Hallett & Michael R. Buscemi | Top Lawyers-2022

Get A Customized Solution To Your Legal Issue

We represent individuals and businesses in a complex array of issues and, as litigators, are dedicated to exceptional client service and results. We handle cases that include:

  • Construction law – We handle every aspect of a construction dispute, from mechanic’s liens, stop payments, bonds, delay claims, breach of contract, SB800, construction defect and insurance disputes​.
  • Your personal insurance – You buy insurance for peace of mind. An insurance company should provide protection when the moment of need arises. Buscemi Hallett LLP can help with all your insurance-related issues.
  • Your business insurance – As a business owner, you purchase insurance to protect your company from exposure when your company suffers damage or claims are presented. Although insurance companies are happy to accept your premiums it is often in this moment when their money could be on the line that they fail the obligations under the contract. Buscemi Hallett LLP specializes in insurance coverage and litigates breach of contract and bad faith cases relative to all types of insurance.

Client Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it; read what past clients have said about the legal services received at Buscemi Hallett LLP. Past results do not guarantee or predict future outcomes.

Attorney Michael Buscemi successfully represented Campbell Certified, Inc. in a complex business dispute. Michael aggressively prosecuted Campbell’s contractual rights against the party in default and worked diligently with several vendors/subcontractors with related claims to achieve a global resolution. Campbell was fortunate to recover nearly 100% of the principal amount it was owed under the contract and avoid costly litigation with vendors. Campbell has since retained Buscemi Hallett LLP to represent Campbell’s interests in other business matters.

Campbell Certified, Inc

The law firm of Buscemi | Hallett LLP is exceptional in the representation of their clients. The partners have a clear grasp of the balance that must exist between the costly road of litigation vs. the principles of sound negotiation toward settlement. Their legal guidance for our construction business has effectively factored in both of those variables to ensure that the legal costs versus the benefits we received was worth it. Our first case, involving nonpayment and breach of contract resulted in us recovering almost 100% – and that also without litigation! Thanks for all the hard work.

Start To Finish Restoration

I retained Buscemi Hallett LLP to prosecute a bad faith suit against Alcala Company, Inc.’s insurance company and to defend against a declaratory relief complaint brought by the carrier. Alcala was originally represented by a large law firm but we switched to Buscemi Hallett LLP after the insurance company attorneys filed a motion for summary judgment and refused mediation or settlement talks of any kind. Once engaged, Michael and David immediately continued the trial date, filed a motion for summary adjudication on Alcala’s behalf and commenced an aggressive round of percipient and expert discovery to prepare the case for trial. Michael and David were able to get the case resolved before trial. We are very pleased with the results delivered by this firm.

Gerard Brown, President of Alcala Company, Inc

We contacted Michael Buscemi of Buscemi Hallett LLP to guide us through a dispute we were having with our home insurance company following a significant water leak. When Michael first became involved our carrier was refusing to pay certain benefits under our policy causing significant delays in our reconstruction. Michael aggressively prosecuted our rights and forced our insurance company to live up to its obligations under the policy. In the end, all of our reconstruction costs and additional living expenses were paid for by the insurance company. We would recommend this firm to anyone having issues with their insurance company. Thank you for all your help.

Jeff & Stella

I hired Buscemi Hallett LLP after my insurance carriers denied coverage for a construction-related claim. The attorneys responded quickly to my questions and took aggressive action against my insurance companies. As a result of their actions, my insurance carriers agreed to defend me and resolve the underlying claim. I am very happy with the level of service provided and recommend the firm wholeheartedly.

Mr. Amirnovin, President

Meet Our Attorneys

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Michael Buscemi

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David Hallett

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Jonathan Bobak

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Patricia Tagufa

Resolving Your Claims Effectively

There is no “cookie-cutter mold” to resolving your claim. Our lawyers will work one-on-one with you to develop a winning strategy that places your objectives and desires at the forefront.

We guarantee a quick response time, coupled with clear and concise communication. This allows you to be in the driver’s seat with full knowledge and clear direction regarding your claim.

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Working With Clients Throughout Southern California

Over 30 Years Of Combined Legal Experience. Fighting For Clients.

Contact Us

Whether you are a construction contractor, business owner, insurance carrier or an individual, experienced legal guidance can play an invaluable role in protecting your rights, business interests and livelihood when a construction or insurance-related dispute arises.

Call us today at 619-821-9163, or send us an email to schedule a free consultation. We handle construction disputes and insurance bad faith cases throughout Southern California.