About Emmett E. Seltzer, Esq.

Emmett E. Seltzer, Esq. is a Partner in Kahana & Feld’s insurance defense and real estate and construction litigation practice groups. He manages the firm’s Northern California office.  Mr. Seltzer’s practice centers on defense of developers, general contractors, and subcontractors in complex civil litigation, construction defect, general liability and insurance defense matters.  He has handled cases involving various types of construction including high-end custom homes, mixed used developments, commercial, and tract homes. Mr. Seltzer also handles personal injury, including construction accidents, and products liability matters.

Before joining Kahana & Feld, Mr. Seltzer was a partner at a Bay Area insurance defense firm.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Seltzer was a teacher in Southern California. He lives in Alameda with his wife, daughter and son.  He enjoys cycling, skiing, watching baseball, and cooking.


  • University of California, Hastings College of Law (Juris Doctor)
    • Associate Editor Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal
  • Vanguard University (Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science, magna cum laude)


  • State Bar of California

Professional Highlights

  • Recognized as Rising Star by Super Lawyer Magazine (2013)
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Director of Membership Sacramento County

Representative Clients

Private Clients

  • Arnaiz Development Company
  • Bonadelle Homes, Inc.
  • Cahill Contractors, Inc.
  • Cintas Corporation
  • DeNova Homes, Inc.
  • Epick Homes
  • Evergreen Communities, Inc.
  • G.J. Gardner Homes
  • Johnstone Moyer, Inc.
  • Lafferty Communities
  • Mission Homes/Mission Development, Inc.
  • Myers Homes
  • Sares Regis
  • Thompson Brooks, Inc.
  • Tim Lewis Communities
  • Westwood Homes, Inc.
  • Vance Brown, Inc.
  • Valley Development, Inc.

Insurance Carrier Clients

  • Amtrust
  • Argo Group
  • Athens Administrators
  • AIX Insurance
  • Arch Insurance Company
  • Carl Warren & Company
  • Clear Blue Specialty Insurance Company
  • First Specialty Insurance Company
  • Gallagher Bassett
  • Hannover Insurance
  • Houston Casualty/Tokio Marine
  • General Fidelity Insurance Company
  • Lloyds of London
  • Network Adjusters, Inc.