University of Arizona, B.S.
Nova Southeastern University, J.D.

Bar Admissions: Florida

James S. Helf was born in Cleveland, OH. Mr. Helf received his Bachelor of Science in General Business Administration from the University of Arizona in 1994, he then earned his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University in 1999.

Mr. Helf was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1999.  He was admitted to the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida and the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida in 2003.

Mr. Helf focuses his practice on various areas of commercial and business litigation related to real property, landlord/tenant issues, and HOA and condominium associations, with an emphasis on construction litigation.  In the past he has represented owners, developers, design professionals, subcontractors, and suppliers in all aspects of construction law, including bidding, contract preparation and negotiation, bond issues, licensing issues, lien issues, claim avoidance, claim resolution, mediation, arbitration and litigation.  Mr. Helf has extensive experience with both jury and bench trials and administrative hearings.

Mr. Helf is active in the Broward Bar Association construction law section and has lectured on various litigation topics.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Real Estate Litigation
  • Construction Litigation Defense
  • Design Professionals Defense

Court Admissions

  • The Florida Bar, 1999
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2003
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2003


  • The Florida Bar
  • The Broward Bar Association, Construction Law Section