Edward R. Huguenin has over twenty years of experience litigating complex business disputes. As the managing partner of Hall Huguenin LLP’s Northern California office in Roseville, Huguenin focuses his practice in the areas of real estate, corporate, and business litigation with an emphasis on construction and land use. He also specializes in labor and employment appellate law, and personal injury defense.
Though now renowned as one of California’s top business litigators, it was Huguenin’s love of the arts that first inspired him to pursue a career in law. But as he tells it, he ultimately found his true calling as a student at Pepperdine University School of Law. Looking back, he recalls:
I initially decided to go into the legal industry because I was heavily involved in theater. I wanted to move to Los Angeles thinking that I would go into the entertainment industry as a lawyer. That’s the primary reason I chose Pepperdine because they are known for their entertainment law program. My interests ultimately evolved beyond entertainment law when I discovered a passion for labor and employment law, and my work has continued to grow from there.
After earning his Juris Doctor in 1994, Huguenin began his legal career as a law clerk and attorney before ultimately joining Hall Huguenin in 1997, then known as Green and Hall, where he became a partner in 2003. In September of 2005, he opened the firm’s Northern California office which he has since built from a one-person office to its current size of thirty-plus employees. Hall Huguenin also has five other offices throughout California and the Western United States, including in Seattle, Washington, and Tempe, Arizona.
Today, Huguenin represents some of the firm’s largest institutional clients and is known for his effective and creative legal strategies, which typically culminate in favorable results. He is known for his commitment to arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, but maintains formidable litigation skills, should a case need to go to court. Additionally, Huguenin provides his expertise and guidance in the area of contract formation, land development and use, and effective strategies to avoid litigation.
As a leader in his field, Huguenin is a prominent speaker, lecturer, mentor, and teacher. Throughout his career, he has held numerous speaking engagements on topics dealing with construction-related matters and contract formation, as well as those concerning land use disputes and arbitration. Huguenin also provided training on California’s Right to Repair law (“SB 800”) and the critical importance of proper builder customer service practices. Widely regarded as an authority on the law, Huguenin notes that a recent California Supreme Court case affirming SB800 will have major implications in construction litigation:
The court’s decision effectively overruled a previous case addressing whether or not the statutory framework for dealing with and resolving construction defect disputes is the sole and exclusive remedy under California law, or if you can still couple it with other negligence-based claims. The court finally held in favor of the defense, and now the statutory scheme is the sole method by which homeowners and business can pursue construction defect claims.
After more than two decades dedicated to law, Huguenin has no intentions of resting on his laurels. Though already known as one of the top litigators in California, he is currently seeking to further hone his trial skills under the tutelage of Attorney Bob Kohn, a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and one of the best trial attorneys in the United States.
Huguenin also has bold plans for his practice looking forward. Under his leadership, his firm’s Northern California office has enjoyed continual wide-ranging success and tremendous annual growth. In the near future, Huguenin will be branching off from Hall Huguenin to create his own firm under a new name.