Chris Hulburt

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Chris Hulburt brings 27 years of experience as a litigator and trial lawyer in all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases. He has handled complex and simple cases including car crashes, premises liability, medical malpractice and medical devices, nursing homes and elder abuse, products liability, government torts, dangerous roadways, construction accidents, electrocutions, dog bites, legal malpractice, sexual assault, physical abuse, and more. As a litigator, he successfully resolved hundreds of cases by settlement, arbitration or trial, with results from $8,000 to $8,000,000 and combined results totaling over $120,000,000. He is a popular teacher at the law school and continuing education seminars. He is a clear thinker and effective communicator, with an ability to simplify complex stories to discover and focus on core issues that drive decisions. Hulburt enjoys a well-deserved reputation from the bench and both sides of the bar as a mediator who is honest and trustworthy, professional and courteous, well-prepared and creative, hard-working and confident.


$1,600 half-day, $450 per hour thereafter
$3,200 full-day
$195 nonrefundable per party administrative fee

Legal Career & Prior Experience: 

  • Thorsnes, Bartolotta, McGuire & Padilla, 1988-2000 -- Partner, 1995-2000
  • Hulburt & Bunn, LLP, 2000-present -- Founder, Partner

Education & Professional Affiliations: 

  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 1980
  • Mediation Skills Training, National Conflict Resolution Center, 2009
  • Mediation: The Art of Facilitating Settlement, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2014
  • Preventing Bad Settlement Decisions and Impasse, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2018
  • Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2019
  • Trial Skills Clinical Practicum Instructor, USD School of Law, 2000-2013
  • Coach, National Mock Trial Team, USD School of Law, 1989-2010
  • Master, Louis B. Welsh Inn, American Inns of Court, 2015-2019
  • President, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, 2004

ADR Experience & Specialties: 

  • San Diego Superior Court Volunteer Settlement Officer, 2010-2012
  • San Diego Superior Court Special Settlement Panel, 2002-2005
  • Specialties:
    • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
    • Healthcare & Medical Malpractice
    • Elder Abuse
    • Professional Liability

Achievements & Awards: 

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers®, 2012-present
  • "Top Lawyers in San Diego", San Diego Magazine, 2013-present
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, 2000
  • Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, 2001, 2006, 2013
  • Consumer Advocate of the Year, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, 1999

Hobbies & Interests: 

Hulburt is an ordained minister, a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church. He serves at St. Brigid Church in Pacific Beach, where he is a frequent teacher, counselor, small group facilitator, mentor and retreat leader. He works with the homeless, facilitates an interfaith coalition, and works with couples in preparation for marriage.

To schedule a mediation please call Case Manager Kathy Purcell at 619-238-7282 or email Chris Hulburt,