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Janet Fogarty has been a practicing attorney since 1992, and is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law.   Mrs. Fogarty also has a B.S. in Human Resources from the University of San Francisco.  Additionally, she has been a licensed real estate broker since 1981, and a real estate licensee since 1977.


    As a real estate attorney, Ms. Fogarty has represented government entities, individuals, non-profit agencies, small businesses, small and large limited partnerships and general partnerships, and corporations in assisting them in their transactions, resolving disputes, and obtaining permits and approvals from public agencies.  She has helped to put together Department of Real Estate documentation for formation of homeowners associations, and negotiated contracts for construction of new and converted planned developments.  She represented the Foster City Redevelopment Agency in obtaining affordable housing.  She has handled CEQA litigation, challenging the sufficiency of environmental review of public projects.  She has handled condemnation actions on behalf of the condemnee, and inverse condemnation actions against government entities.  Ms. Fogarty has acted on behalf of clients to draft legislation, and worked with former Senator Quentin Kopp's office to draft legal questions for review by State Legislative Counsel.


    Ms. Fogarty's experience in transactional work has ranged from single-family homes to a $147,000,000 acquisition of commercial property, negotiating commercial leases and other landlord-tenant matters, investor pools of unregistered securities and investor-pool loans secured by real property, commercial loan transactions exceeding $10,000,000, and loan work-outs, trustees sales and judicial foreclosures, Redevelopment Agency low and moderate income housing transactions, easements and utility company licenses.  She has reviewed and advised clients on due diligence investigation of investment in development projects from a custom spec home in Hillsborough to a 580 unit apartment complex purchased in Hayward.


Ms. Fogarty, has been involved in matters involving title and legal documentation, has helped to resolve legal disputes involving flooding, mudslides, ocean action erosion,  and land slippage of real property, disputes between real property owners as to easements and prescriptive rights, disputes between buyers and sellers of real property, and disputes involving real estate licensee defense and suits against real estate licensees.  Ms. Fogarty is known for her ability to negotiate favorable resolutions to difficult real estate, land use, and government matters.


    Ms. Fogarty also provides estate planning services, drafting wills and trusts, and providing the appropriate documentation for health care directives and other related family concerns. 


   Ms. Fogarty also advises on corporate formation, and on-going management and operations of business entities.   She also has advised clients on the purchase and sale of businesses and business entity assets.


    Ms. Fogarty currently serves regularly as a judge pro tempore in the San Mateo County court system.


    With more than 30 years of experience in real estate and land use issues, Ms. Fogarty also has 18 years of experience serving on public agencies, notably on the Millbrae City Council and Millbrae Redevelopment Agency from 1987 through 1995, including two terms as Mayor, also serving as the Chair of the Millbrae Redevelopment Agency while serving as Mayor.   Ms. Fogarty served as an instructor of Land Use and Environmental Law at San Jose State University in their Urban Planning program.


    Present community service includes membership in the Millbrae Rotary Club and the Soroptimist International of Millbrae-San Bruno, in the Millbrae Chamber of Commerce, and as a Board Member of the Millbrae Community Foundation.


    Her past community service includes the Chairmanship of both the Millbrae Chamber of Commerce and of the Visiting Nurses Association Home Hospice Board of San Mateo County, and Past Presidency of Soroptimist International of Millbrae-San Bruno.   She served as the elected Secretary to the Foundation Board of the Visiting Nurses Association Hospice of Northern California.  She was the Chamber of Commerce representative to the Millbrae Downtown Process Committee, an advisory committee on business issues to the City Council.  She also served as a founding member for 10 years with the SamTrans Board, serving on several State and National Committees of the California Association of Publicly Owned Transit Systems and the American Public Transit Association.


    Ms. Fogarty also has been involved with policy-making service with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, chairing its Legislative Committee.  She was  a founding member of San Mateo County's Congestion Management Agency, C/CAG, Chair of its Growth Management Policy Committee, and a member of its Congestion Management Air Quality Committee and its Transportation Systems Management Task Force.  She was a founding member of the Multi-City  Transportation Systems Management Agency (MTSMA), serving as its Chair from 1992 to 1994.




Contact info

Janet Fogarty & Associates

111 Anza Blvd.
Suite 206
Burlingame, CA, 94010

Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 65%
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
  3. Business: 15%

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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Chairman of the BoardMillbrae Chamber of Commerce2001
Woman of DistinctionSoroptimist International of Milbrae-San Bruno1995
MayorCity of Millbrae1995
Chairman of the BoardSamtrans1980
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing partnerFogarty & Zell, LLP2006 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Millbrae Rotary ClubMember2009 - Present
NORBARMember2005 - Present
Millbrae Chamber of CommercePast Chairman1996 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Soroptimist International of Millbrae-San BrunoPast President1987 - Present
San Mateo county Bar AssnMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of San FranciscoN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bay Area Legal Secretaries ForumEthics2009
Land Use and Urban PlanningLand use and Planning Law2000