My practice primarily emphasizes transactions, litigation, arbitration and mediation on behalf of companies and individuals involved in the construction and real estate industries. I represent general contractors, subcontractors, engineers, and design professionals in a wide range of matters relating to mechanic's liens, stop notices, construction failures, latent defects, general contract and bidding disputes and professional liability.
Prior to becoming an attorney, I was a general contractor in Missouri for over twenty years. My extensive construction background is a great advantage when assessing a client's case, and during mediation, arbitration and trial. Clients do not have to spend time and money educating me on the construction aspects of their case.
I hold the following California construction licenses: A - General Engineering Contractor, B - General Building Contractor, C-8 - Concrete, C-10 - Electrical, C-20 - Warm Air Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning, and C-36 - Plumbing.
I was a Missouri real estate broker for seventeen years, and I have been a California real estate broker since 1995. I represent real estate agents and real estate brokers in various matters.
I am an avid outdoorsman and photographer. I graduated from the Clearwater Guide School and have been a licensed fly fishing guide since 1995. I guide in Northern California on Lewiston Lake and the Trinity River.
In 2008, I was appointed to the Trinity Adaptive Management Working Group by Dirk Kempthorne, the Secretary of the Interior.
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I endorse this lawyer. Mr. McCarthy's construction background has made him a particularly capable litigator and mediator, based on my experience on the other side of a case and representing a party in a mediator he handled.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Law school scholarship for academic excellence and promise||Golden Gate University||1992|
|Honorarium for appellate argument||Golden Gate University||1992|
|Attorney||Joseph W. McCarthy, A Law Corporation||2003 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Associated Builders and Contractors||Member||2008 - Present|
|Trinity Adaptive Management Working Group||Appointee||2008 - Present|
|International Code Council||Member||2001 - Present|
|Santa Clara Builders' Exchange||Board of Directors||2001 - 2004|
|American Institute of Architects||Officer||2000 - Present|
|Santa Cruz Builders' Exchange||Board of Directors||1995 - 2002|
|State Bar of California||Member||1993 - Present|
|Nicholas Damer v. Edward D. Hume, et al.||Awarded over half a million dollars.|
|Salinas Income Fund One, LLC v. Eitel-Wade, Inc., et al.||Awarded mid-six figures.|
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|The Contractor's Survival Guide||The Contractor's Survival Guide||1995|
|Golden Gate University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|University of Missouri, Columbia||Business / Economics||N/A||N/A|
|Shasta Builders' Exchange||Construction Litigation Seminar||N/A|
|Santa Cruz County Builders' Exchange||Construction Litigation Seminar||N/A|
|Builders' Exchange of Santa Clara County||Construction Litigation Seminar||N/A|