Managing Partner & Co-Founder


Jerry D. Hemme is the managing partner and a co-founder of Goode, Hemme & Barger. A highly experienced attorney who has practiced law in Southern California since 1981, Mr. Hemme understands that early resolution of a dispute is a key factor in reducing legal expense and often leads to a better result. He is particularly effective at finding creative solutions to resolve lawsuits by settlement and mediation, but if litigation is necessary, his clients have a capable litigator on their side. With a proven track record, Mr. Hemme enjoys an enviable reputation as an effective and resourceful lawyer who fights hard to achieve a successful result for his clients. His loyal client base appreciates his emphasis on client service and long-term relationships.

Mr. Hemme focuses his practice on real estate and business transactions and disputes. His real estate law experience includes extensive work with title issues and boundary law issues involving easements, encroachments, trees, fences and water intrusions. These types of cases have many unique factors which must be considered to achieve a successful result. Mr. Hemme’s expertise in this area has earned him the recognition of his peers and institutions for educating attorneys. He has served as a lecturer in boundary law for both the The Real Estate Section of the State Bar, the National Business Institute and the Continuing Education of the Bar.

Areas of Expertise

Mr. Hemme is no stranger to business disputes. He has litigated a variety of business issues, including contract disputes, construction disputes, unfair competition, business torts, fraud claims, collections, and creditor rights in bankruptcy.

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate Law
  • Business Law
  • Construction Law
  • Landlord/Tenant Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Collections
  • Creditor Representation in Bankruptcy

As a result of this valuable experience, Mr. Hemme’s business clients have a trusted advisor to aid their resolution of real estate and business issues, and, if necessary, enforce their legal rights in the courts.

Background & Credentials

Mr. Hemme has received an AV® preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating entity. An AV® rating signifies that an attorney has reached the highest of professional excellence having been recognized for the highest level of skill and integrity. Mr. Hemme was further recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as one of the Best of the Bar for 2014 and 2017 in Real Estate and named a Top Lawyer in San Diego Magazine from 2015-2017. He is a member of the California State Bar and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Central and Eastern Districts of California, the District of Colorado, the Northern District of Texas and the District of Arizona. Mr. Hemme obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1981. With a strong belief in community service, he has served since 2000 on the Board of Directors for the Community Campership Council, a non-profit organization which raises money to send economically and socially diverse San Diego children to camp.
His real-world experience includes owning and operating a retail store, and commercial and residential real estate investments. Mr. Hemme has lived in San Diego since 1956, saying “I’ll move when I find a better place to live.” Fortunately for his San Diego clients, this does not appear likely. When not practicing law, he enjoys time with his family, travel, wine, boating, skiing, hiking and woodworking.