Bryan L. P. Saalfeld

Bryan Saalfeld

580 California Street
Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415.788.1900
Fax: 415.393.8087

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Primary Practice Areas

Business Law

Civil Litigation

Construction Law

Real Estate

Sports & Entertainment

White Collar & Regulatory Defense


  • All courts in the State of California
  • United States District Court Northern, Central and Eastern Districts
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • State of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • England & Wales


  • J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law
  • B.A., History; minor in Economics, Bowdoin College, cum laude



Bryan L. P. Saalfeld


Mr. Saalfeld is dual-qualified as an American lawyer (California and New York) and English Solicitor [non-practicing]. As part of his practice, he represents businesses and individuals in all phases of litigation, focusing primarily on real estate, legal malpractice, and premises liability. He has handled a wide variety of litigation and controversy matters, at all stages, including pre-litigation counseling, discovery, dispositive motion practice, mediation, arbitration, trial and appeal. In addition to litigation, Mr. Saalfeld counsels businesses, organizations and individuals in business and real estate transactions.


  • Counsels businesses and non-profits in negotiating contracts, leases, joint ventures and employment related matters.
  • Represents small and mid-size businesses, including construction firms, general contractors and individuals in a variety of litigation, including personal injury, construction defect, premises liability, employment and breach of contract.
  • Advises and assists professional athletes with risk management including litigation involving real estate, employment, and theft and misappropriation of funds by fiduciaries. Provides counseling on crisis-management, and handling of civil and criminal allegations with the federal authorities, including the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission.

Representative Matters

Construction Dispute Related
  • Represented plaintiffs in successful settlement of a multi-million dollar breach of contract, construction defect, misappropriation of funds and fraud litigation against former business partner in various real estate ventures in California and Hawaii.
  • Represented general contractor in handling of pre-litigation, litigation, mediation and during trial regarding a contract dispute involving the high-end remodel of residential building in San Francisco, specifically related to breach of contract, prompt payment, and alleged delays as it relates.
  • Represented Subcontractor in the defense of construction-related claims involving various light commercial projects located in Santa Clara County. Actively litigated the matter involving several claims related to alleged water intrusion in preparation for trial.
  • Represented landowner at trial in successful defense of alleged easement and adverse possession litigation involving residential real estate in San Mateo County.
Trademark and Trade Dress Litigation (including CFAA, Counterfeiting and Trade Secrets Claims)
  • Represented plaintiffs (as local counsel) in complex multidistrict counterfeiting case involving widespread sales of counterfeit dietary supplements; assisted in obtaining judgment on the pleadings eliminating defendants' affirmative defenses; assisted in obtaining order striking defendants' affirmative defenses.

Professional and Community Contributions

Mr. Saalfeld is a member of the American Bar Association, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the New York State Bar Association, the Law Society of England & Wales, the St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco, and the University of San Francisco Inn of Court. He is also a member of The British American Business Council of Northern California.

Mr. Saalfeld is a member of the Board of Directors for A Better Way, Inc., a Bay Area non-profit organization specializing in foster care and family therapeutic services. Mr. Saalfeld also is a member of the Bowdoin College Alumni Schools & Interviewing Committee, and coaches high school basketball.

Selected Publications

  • Quasi-Judicial Immunity: Promoting Impartiality Without Sacrificing Accountability, San Francisco Daily Journal on August 11, 2010
  • The Doctrine of Quasi-Judicial Immunity - Extending Beyond the Bench, published by the Defense Research Institute on May 26, 2010

Pro Hac Vice

  • State of Nevada

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