Shareholder and Chief Real Estate Officer

Kurt U. Campbell is the head of Klinedinst PC's Real Estate, Construction and Land Use Department. Mr. Campbell's extensive litigation, transactional, negotiation and strategic business planning experience have earned him a reputation of excellence throughout California. He represents a wide variety of corporate clients including Fortune 500 companies, developers, general contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, and real estate professionals. Mr. Campbell has achieved Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards, and been named to the San Diego Super Lawyers® list every year since 2007. In 2009 and 2010, Kurt was honored by his peers as a San Diego Top Attorney and featured in the San Diego Daily Transcript. He was also named a Top Attorney by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine in 2011 and 2012.

During his years of practice, Kurt has successfully handled every aspect of residential, commercial, and mix use construction litigation. He has represented developers, general contractors, a large number of subcontractors, and design professionals. For more than a decade Kurt has handled complex commercial projects. These projects include high-rise, in-fill, mid-rise, large condo conversion projects, skilled nursing facilities and retirement communities. Kurt’s practice area in this regard involves not only the litigation of defects associated with these projects, but the initial project contracting and risk allocation within these contracts associated with the indemnity obligation, additional insured obligations as well as the allocation of deductible obligations related to shared policies.

Kurt has a broad range of experience in various practice groups, including transportation where he successfully defended commercial trucking companies and mass carriers. Additionally, he has extensive experience in the WRAP arena, including acquisition, analysis, and litigation of these policies on significant projects. This experience has afforded him a unique “cradle to grave” perspective on commercial high-rise, mixed use, and residential high-rise construction projects. Kurt has excelled at advising clients with regard to the construction of these projects, disputes related to the completion, delay and/or associated lien claims. His focus on risk management through review of construction contract drafting helps reduce and spread risk where appropriate.

Furthermore, Kurt’s real estate law practice includes commercial and residential lease agreements and complex real estate transactions. He has also helped clients locate and obtain construction and property acquisition financing.

As a licensed California real estate broker and Realtor®, Mr. Campbell is a successful real estate investor in commercial, retail and residential properties. His experience with purchasing and managing residential, commercial and retail properties affords him a unique perspective when representing clients on real estate and leasing issues.

Mr. Campbell is involved with many professional associations in California including the Building Industry Association, the Associated General Contractors, and San Diego Defense Lawyers, and regularly speaks at a variety of programs and events. His case management, mediation, arbitration and trial skills provide clients with valuable insight geared toward the most efficient and cost-effective resolution of both litigation and transactional matters.

Over the course of his career, he has successfully practiced in a broad array of practice areas, including:

WRAP Projects:
Defense of residential/mixed use and converted projects, under-insured projects, carrier exhaustion issues, material and product supplier issues, secondary coverage issues, and is a cooperative resolution/litigation cost reduction specialist

High-Rise Construction:
Representation of general contractors, owners and subcontractors, EIFS cladding system, podium deck waterproofing, fenestration issues, leakage at planter systems, elevator issues/accidents, skilled nursing facilities, and retirement communities

General Liability:
Complex injury cases, construction and crane accidents, catastrophic truck collision cases, premises liability defense, wrongful death and injury cases, inadequate security premises liability, landlord/owner strict liability and severe injury cases related to animals

Contracting, SB-800 claims, development, risk management, insurance issues, design professional representation, defect work, material suppliers, construction accidents, forensic analysis, business counseling, delay lien and payment issues, and condo conversion defense

Products Liability/Class Actions:
Complex drug cases, exposure cases, catastrophic injury cases, large risk products cases, and class actions regarding strict products liability

Business Litigation Counseling:
Contractual disputes, risk management, formation of business entities, unfair business practice claims, business acquisitions, confidentiality agreement disputes, trade secrets, strategic business planning, non-compete agreements and payment disputes

Experience with all aspects of litigation defending commercial trucking companies and mass carriers from both property damage and injury claims

Errors and Omissions:
Defend real estate professionals in a wide array of legal disputes surrounding transactions, acquisitions, financing, brokerage, view rights, easements, property disputes, fraud and fraudulent disclosure cases

Environmental Law:
Counseling clients in compliance with state and environmental laws, defense of clients relating to environmental issues, and complex negotiations with various administrative agencies

Mr. Campbell received his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. He has been licensed to practice law in California since 1994, has been a shareholder at the firm since 1999 and an equity shareholder since 2000. Kurt is the firm’s Chief Real Estate Officer and serves on the Executive Committee.

Martindale-Hubbell Rating

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional and Community Affiliations

Publications and Interviews

  • "Expert Insights: Construction/Real Estate," The San Diego Daily Transcript (May 6, 2010)

  • "When Projects Go Awry, in Steps 'CSI' of Construction Defects," The San Diego Business Journal (September 28, 2009)

  • "Legal Showdown Looms Over Hilton Mold Tab," The Honolulu Advertiser (April 27, 2003)

  • "SB 800: A Step In The Right Direction; Jimenez v. The Superior Court of San Diego County: Two Steps Backward," BIA Builder Magazine
    (February 2003)

  • "Up Close," BIA Builder Magazine
    (July/August 2002)

  • "Legislation on Construction Dispute Litigation," BIA Builder Magazine (December 2001)

Recognition and Awards

  • Best of the Bar, San Diego Business Journal (2014)
  • Recognized in the San Diego edition of Super Lawyers® in Construction (2011), Construction/Surety (2007) and Construction and Real Estate Litigation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013)
  • Recognized by San Diego Metro Magazine as a Top Attorney in San Diego (2011 and 2012)
  • Recognized as a Top Attorney in San Diego County - Real Estate Litigation by the San Diego Daily Transcript (2009 and 2010)

Speaking Engagements

  • BIA of San Diego Educational Seminar, Topic: "Owner Controlled Insurance Programs: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" (February 26, 2014)
  • MC Consultants 19th Annual West Region Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage Conference, Topic: “Building Product Failures - Leading to Class Action Lawsuits? Round II” Panel (September 19, 2013)
  • 2012 IRMI Construction Risk Conference, Topic: "What's Working and Not Working About Wrap-Ups" (November 12, 2012)
  • MC Consultants 18th Annual West Region Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage Conference, Topic: “Building Product Failures - Leading to Class Action Lawsuits?” Panel (September 20, 2012)
  • Spring 2012 USLAW Conference, Topic: "It's a Wrap" (April 13, 2012)
  • MC Consultants 17th Annual West Region Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage Conference, Topic: "It's a WRAP! - 2011 Market Update" Panel Moderator (September 2011)
  • California Western School of Law, Topic: "Exploring Options In Legal Speciaties Panel" (October 7, 2010)
  • MC Consultants 16th Annual West Region Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage Conference, Topic: "WRAPS: An Update From the Front Lines" Panel Moderator (September 2010)
  • Spring 2010 USLAW Network Client Conference, Topic: " It Isn't Easy Being Green: Green Litigation Update & Insurance Coverage Issues In Green And Sustainable Design Construction Panel" (April 16, 2010)
  • California Western School of Law, Topic: "Exploring Options Panel" (September 24, 2009)
  • California Western School of Law, Topic: "Exploring Options Panel" (October 23, 2008)
  • “WRAPs: Are They All They’re Cracked Up to Be?” Building Industry Association (December 12, 2006)
  • 8th Annual Key West Seminar, Topic: "Handling Construction Defect Claims, Strategies and Tactics - Developing and Managing High-Rise CD Cases" (October 2004)

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Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

ractice Areas

Wrap Projects

High-Rise Construction, Commercial, and Residential


Product Liability

Complex Litigation

General Liability

Real Estate


Architects and Engineers



Professional Liability

Employment & Workers’

Broker E&O

Property Management E&O

International Law

Mold and Indoor Air Quality

Admitted to Bar

California and U.S. District Court, Southern District of California (1994)


Heidelberg University, Germany (1988-1989)

San Diego State University (B.A., cum laude, 1990)

University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., 1993)



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