Aaron J. Ehrlich
Hennigh Law Corporation
Four Embarcadero Center,
San Francisco, CA 94111-4164
Aaron Ehrlich’s strategic prowess and analytical sharpness make him an esteemed partner at Hennigh Law Corporation, specializing in complex construction litigation. Never hiding from a challenge, his approach is characterized by precision and insight, honed not only through 15+ years of legal practice, but also through his experience as a collegiate national debate champion and former professional poker player—disciplines that demand quick thinking and calculated risk-taking. Aaron spearheads high-profile, large loss cases with a seasoned hand, guiding clients through the complexities of construction law with a combination of thorough legal knowledge and a competitive edge. His enviable track record in the courtroom as first chair trial counsel is complemented by his skill in crafting airtight case themes, delivering incisive examinations, and presenting convincing arguments that resonate with judges, juries, and mediators alike. Aaron’s tactical acumen is equally evident in his negotiation tactics, where he leverages his robust first chair trial experiences to achieve favorable outcomes well before a case reaches trial. His ability to anticipate an opponent’s moves and counter them effectively is a testament to his time across the debate stage and poker table, ensuring that he can secure the best possible results for his clients. Educationally, Aaron’s legal expertise is backed by a foundation of academic excellence, having graduated with honors from Claremont McKenna College and the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco, where he further refined his argumentation and legal writing skills. At Hennigh Law Corporation, Aaron’s diverse background and unwavering dedication to his clients’ success mark a significant asset to the firm’s prowess in navigating the legal intricacies involving the construction industry. His unique blend of legal, competitive debating, and poker experience makes him a distinctive force, adept at constructing cases with the same strategic care and attention to detail that he applies to every aspect of his life.Aaron has accomplished an inspirational level of success guiding homeowners’ associations (ranging from dozens to thousands of units in all types of high-rise and low-rise multi-family projects), apartment owners, and other property owners through seven and eight figure complex construction defect claims for well over a decade. He has rapidly become one of California’s most in-demand plaintiff lawyers for owners of property facing serious construction defects. Aaron has personally negotiated the favorable resolution of cases involving claims amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars for projects located throughout California. Aaron’s well-known acuity and achievement as first-chair trial counsel prevailing for his clients in jury trials, bench trials, judicial references, and arbitrations strongly disincentivizes opposing parties from drawing out the claim process and instead, encourages prompt settlements to avoid an adverse trial outcome.
Aaron’s clients rapidly appreciate his unusually hands-on, detailed, supportive, creative, and personalized approach to prosecuting his client’s construction defect claims. Aaron’s unique approach of deeply investing in his clients’ cases, buttressed by extensive frontline experience, fine-tuned strategic planning, and an encyclopedic-like memory of the law, case facts, and construction processes, has enabled the exemplary results he achieves through settlement or judgment following trial. For this reason and being driven by honesty (the meaning of his last name in German), integrity, and transparency, Aaron is highly selective in the matters he accepts for representation and purposefully maintains fewer active matters than other plaintiff defect lawyers to ensure that he can provide his uncompromisingly precise, time-intensive, and bespoke approach to every client, thereby enabling the achievement of the best possible result for his clients.
Aaron’s extraordinary achievements have been recognized by a variety of peer-based awards. Aaron was recognized as a “Rising Star” in Construction Litigation by Super Lawyers for nine consecutive years until his eligibility expired. Aaron was recently invited to join the Construction Lawyers Society of America, an invitation-only, selective, and limited membership international association of the world’s best construction lawyers–he is only the fifth plaintiff construction defect attorney in California to be invited to CLSA membership. Considered one of the most knowledgeable construction defect attorneys in California (particularly involving SB 800 claims) and being a dynamic public speaker and a captivating writer, Aaron is frequently invited to share his expertise as a speaker at legal forums, an author of articles for industry publications, and a Board member for industry organizations.