During these challenging times, Severson & Werson remains open and in full operation, consistent with the firm’s previously established contingency planning. While many of our attorneys and staff will be working remotely, as a firm, we continue in full operation. We are here to help, as always.


Joel L. Halverson

Joel Halverson is a trial lawyer and transactional counselor adept at resolving clients’ legal problems and guarding them against losses. He focuses his practice in the areas of professional liability, construction, and real property. 

In the construction and design arenas, Mr. Halverson represents design professionals, contractors, owners and contractors in claims as well as transactional and risk-management counseling.  A member of Severson & Werson’s Construction and Insurance Groups, Mr. Halverson has been named among the “Best Lawyers in the Bay Area” for construction litigation based on a survey conducted by Bay Area Lawyer Magazine. Mr. Halverson is a frequent presenter and lecturer on legal topics and has made appearances as a legal analyst on KRON 4 News, San Francisco.

Mr. Halverson has over twenty years of significant experience in ADR and as a neutral, having settled numerous civil disputes involving a wide variety of substantive issues through mediation, as Settlement Conference Officer with the San Francisco Superior Court and as Settlement Panelist with the Marin County Superior Court.  Mr. Halverson is available to privately mediate civil disputes of all sizes and complexities.

Mr. Halverson is active in a number of professional organizations, including the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California (ADC).

Mr. Halverson joined Severson & Werson in 1996 and has been a member of the Firm since 2002.  He obtained his J.D. (1994) from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and his B.A. (1990), cum laude, from Pomona College.


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., cum laude 1994
  • Pomona College, B.A., cum laude, 1990


  • California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit