Having been raised between the Salinas Valley and southern California has left Jeffrey P. Walsworth with roots in many parts of the state.  Even today, when one asks Jeff where he lives, he responds musefully that it changes frequently since he splits his time between their family home in Santa Barbara and another home in Orange County. However, he lives equally as much on the road due to his work across the country and throughout the world. 

Jeff Walsworth is the founding partner of WFBM, and has seen his firm grow to nearly 80 attorneys in 30 years.  He has been representing and counseling clients on a variety of legal matters since 1977.  Jeff is Co-Chair of the firm's transactional department, which has processed more than $3 billion in transactions since the year 2000.  He has been a judicially recognized designated expert on complex transactions and litigation, a noted speaker for California real estate continuing education requirements and has passed the California real estate brokers exam. Jeff is Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated.

Law School achievements: Honor Graduate with Distinction, Law Review Assistant Editor

Other distinctions: Licensed Real Estate Broker (California) and a past lecturer for the California Continuing Education Chapter of Bar Association

Jeff's hobbies are hiking, snow-skiing, reading various entrepreneurial & financial periodicals and studying history - for he feels researching the past better equips him to help and support his favorite causes and others, including clients.  Helping others move forward in positive ways based upon a broad range of viewpoints provides Jeff’s greatest rewards.  Each day, Jeff says he is the luckiest guy in the world, for when he wakes up he not only has his family, but he is grateful and fortunate to also have clients he values, respects and cherishes.

Samples of Representative Trials and ADR

Kummel v. Old World; Successful defense verdict after approximately one month trial in Orange County Superior Court in business tort-contract dispute involving approximately $15 million in assets.

Millard v. Kent Realty; Successful unanimous plaintiff jury verdict in favor of real estate investors against real estate company selling investment properties. Award successfully included $300,000 in punitive damages. Approximately one month jury trial held in San Diego Superior Court.

Security Pacific Mortgage Co. v. Nourian; Successful plaintiff jury verdict (12-0), including fraud and punitive damages in excess of $1 million against defendants in the Orange County Superior Court before Judge Fitzgerald.

Thompson v. Davis; Successful pursuit and recovery of value of real estate purchase options under tort and contractual theories involving multi- millions in investment property. Orange County Superior Court.

In Re: Estate of Hillbloom; Successfully served and processed as special counsel to the special administrator to the estate of the founder of DHL delivery. Actions involved the pursuit, administration and litigation of matters exceeding $500 million dollars inclusive of asset valuations, professional malpractice claims and asset management compliance with prudent person rules.
Contact Information
Email: jwalsworth@wfbm.com
T: 714.634.2522
F: 714.634.0686
Education
Western State, Fullerton
(B.S.L., 1975)

Western State, Fullerton
(J.D., 1976)
Memberships
State Bar of California

Building Industry Association
Admissions
United States Supreme Court

United States District Court,
Central District of California (1977)

All Courts of the State of California
Areas of Practice
Business and Real Property Litigation