Cathleen M. Curl

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CATHLEEN M. CURL is a member in the Law Office of Cathleen M. Curl, specializing in handling problems relating to the construction industry, including payment disputes, contract negotiations, contract preparation and revisions, stop notices, mechanic's liens, bonds, construction defect litigation, and other matters. She received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1974, and her law degree from the University of Santa Clara in 1978. She has been engaged in the construction industry exclusively for over twenty-five years.

A member of the California Bar, she is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, and all of the various Federal and State Courts in California.

She is also a member of the Construction Industry Section of the California Bar Association, the San Francisco Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction, and Women Construction Owners & Executives, is past president and a current Director of the Peninsula Builders Exchange, and has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, the California Contractors State License Board, the Arbitration and Mediation Association, Inc. , and the San Mateo County Superior Court, and is a Judge Pro Tem for the San Mateo County Superior Court. She is AV rated (the highest rating) by Martindale-Hubbel. She also has been selected as a Super Lawyer (top 5% of attorneys in Northern California) for every year since 2010 by Thomas Reuters and the publishers of S.F. Magazine, and is rated 10 (Superb) by AVVO.

She has been involved in many phases of construction law, representing owners, contractors, construction managers, suppliers, subcontractors, engineers, condominium associations, and sureties. She has prepared and negotiated claims and has prosecuted and defended suits before arbitration tribunals, state and federal courts, and various governmental agencies. She has given seminars for various professional organizations on construction claims, mechanic's liens, stop notices and contract performance. Ms. Curl is also a co-author of California Mechanic's' Liens and Other Construction Remedies (3d ed. CEB 1999).

Ms. Curl's clients include both large and small general contractors, subcontractors, homeowners, material suppliers, owners, condominium associations, and engineers.

Director, Peninsula Builders Exchange, 1986-present. Former Arbitrator: California Contractor's State License Board and American Arbitration Association. Co-author, California Mechanics' Liens and Related Construction Remedies, CEB, Third Edition. SuperLawyer 2010-2013.

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Construction Law
  • Construction Defects
  • Mechanic's Lien
  • Stop Notices
  • Contracts
  • Bond Claims
  • Real Estate
  • Construction Claims
  • Construction Finance
  • Construction Contracts
  • Construction Liens

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
650-278-8195  Phone
650-871-5955  Phone
650-588-7101  Fax
University Attended:
Stanford University, B.A., 1974
Law School Attended:
University of Santa Clara, J.D., 1978
Year of First Admission:
1979, California
State Bar of California; San Mateo County Bar Association; San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association; California Women Lawyers; Women Lawyers of San Mateo County, Trial Lawyers of San Mateo County
Payment Information:
  • Fixed Hourly Rates

Peer Reviews

4.8/5.0 (2 reviews)
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Millbrae, California

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