The firm of Hulsy & Hulsy began in November, 1999, though the senior partner had already practiced over forty-five years in Kern County by that time. William R. Hulsy was born in Santa Maria in 1909 to James Luther and Montie Pearl Hulsy. He was the oldest of two children, his little sister Vera Violet Hulsy later becoming Vera Redfern after her marriage to Rae Redfern who founded Rae Redfern Insurance. James Luther, known as Lou, and Montie homesteaded about where Highland High school now exists, and the children went to Williams School by buggy. Lou died of Scarlet Fever when his young son was 7-years-old, and Montie successfully raised William and Vera with the help of two devoted husbands, both of whom she also survived. William went on to college at University of California, Berkeley, then went on to Boalt Law School on the Cal campus. William died in October of 1982 after 48 years of practice, four successful children, 41 years as the federal magistrate of Kern County (Eastern District), and thousands of devoted clients. His "child-bride” Regina died in 2010, over 28 years later.
James R. Hulsy, the fourth child and third son, joined his father in the practice of law in November, 1979. James, known to his friends as Jim, is carrying on the practice of family-firm treatment and professional representation. He joined his father in being President of the Kern County Bar Association (1999), and has followed the command of service to the community through various organizations, including MARE, East Bakersfield Lions, Alzheimer's Association, Volunteers in Parole, Cub Scouts, and extra concern to the area of Autism due to his youngest daughter Caroline being such a special child. He is married to Bonny Rose Hulsy, of North High versus his BHS education, and they have two daughters, Kaitlin and Caroline, and he has two step-sons Ryan and Chase Alsop. He and Bonny have been married over 31 years. She is a Registered Nurse, and co-founded Valley Achievement Center, a school for children with autism. He has also participated in the Kern County Mock Trial for students. He believes community and bar-related involvement is integral to being an attorney. He has loved his practice and has been stimulated intellectually by it.
Glendale College of Law, Juris Doctor; University of California, Berkeley, Bachelor of Science; Cal State University, Teaching Credential.
Admitted to California State Bar 1979 & US Eastern District of California, 1981.