My Motto: Helping Construction Contractors Navigate The Legal System.
I have over 20 years of experience representing general contractors, custom homebuilders, remodelers, subcontractors, suppliers, engineers and architects in both California and Nevada. I am also a regular guest lecturer for numerous organizations including California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors, San Luis Obispo Builders Exchange, and the Building Industry Association. In addition, I regularly lobby in Sacramento for various issues affecting the construction community.
I come from a long line of construction contractors. My grandfather, Galileo Tobia, was a master tile setter who migrated from Italy and opened a tile setting business called Tobia Tile. My uncle took over the business and expanded the scope of the business to include general construction. The business is now called Tobia Construction.
My cousin purchased,Varden Bros. Roofing, the oldest roofing company in Albany, New York. In my formative years, I was “shipped” to New York so that I could stay out of trouble and work in the family business. This included hot mopping for my cousin’s roofing company.
It was during these formative years that I knew I was “not interested” in working in the construction industry and went to law school.
After becoming a licensed attorney, I discovered that a majority of construction contractors were underrepresented. Due to my family’s construction history, I decided to focus on representing construction contractors.
Prior to starting my own law firm, I worked for a multi-state law firm in Las Vega representing national developers. I litigated numerous construction cases on behalf of these developers. This included a case that was appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court and became law --Shuette v. Beazer Homes Holding Corp. That case is still good law in Nevada law.
I returned to California where I worked for another large law firm that represented subcontractors prior to starting my own construction law firm.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Admission To Practice In The United States Supreme Court||United States Supreme Court||2017|
|Volunteer of the Year Award||Trade Contractor's Council||2010|
|Volunteer of the Year Award||Remodelor's Council||2008|
|Construction Attorney Representing Trade Contractors||Plumtree & Associates||2006 - Present|
|Construction Attorney||Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara||2003 - 2006|
|Construction Attorney||Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson & Haluck||2000 - 2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry||Member||2016 - Present|
|Santa Maria Contractors Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|San Luis Obsipo Contractors Exchange||Member||2015 - Present|
|Santa Barbara Contractors Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|California Association of Specialty Contractors||Member||2008 - Present|
|Building Industry Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|BIA Remodelors Counsel||Past President||2008 - 2009|
|Vol. 4 No. 1, Southwestern Law and Trade in the Americas||Maquiladoras and Women Workers: the Marginalization of Women in Mexico as a Means to Economic Development||1999|
|California Western SOL||JD||1999|
|San Luis Obispo Contractors Exhchange||How To Successfully Litigate A Small Claims Lawsuit March 24, 2016||2016|
|San Luis Obispo Contractors Exchange||Mechanics Liens Workshop March 3, 2016||2016|
|San Luis Obispo Contractors Exchange||Construction Contract Basics The Good, The Bad and The Ugly April 7, 2016||2016|
|California Association of Specialty Contractors||Mechanics Liens Workshop March 29, 2016||2016|
|San Luis Obispo Contractors Exchange||2015 Construction Law Updates||2015|
|Shuette v. Beazer Homes Holdings Corp., (2005) 121 Nev. 837||Favorable For my client Beazer Homes|
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